Tag Archives: Dutch East Indies

USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Six

Confusion, chaos – and Bob Buel “…Essential you have squadron P-40’s at Darwin for operations and convoy by 13-14 February…” said a message from General Brett on February 12, 1942, confirming the confusion and chaos that now had the Allied … Continue reading

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KNILM Surabaya to Batavia – September 1932

It is hard to find original footage of aviation in the Netherlands East Indies during the pioneering years of the 1920’s and 30’s. But sometimes I am in luck. This time, Willem Kramer sent me a U-Tube link to footage of … Continue reading

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Dornier Do-24K MLD, an update

The Royal Dutch Naval Air Service’s excellent Do-24K seaplane still attracts a lot of attention. As a result I have been able to update this blog’s Do-24K page, especially the table at the end, providing the readers with an overview of each … Continue reading

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Dutch Buffaloes over Singapore

Visiting a WW2 forum, I was stung by someone’s question why the Dutch had done so little to help the British and Australians during the hectic battle for Malaya and Singapore. Ashley Jackson, in his book “The British Empire and … Continue reading

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Hauling Bombs, Bullets, Beer – and MacArthur

Dutch Merchantmen in the early Pacific War By March 1942, the Japanese had landed on New-Guinea. The conquest of this island would allow them to dominate Australia’s northern approach routes. And a push towards New Zealand would cut off the … Continue reading

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Dornier Do-24K’s in Australia

Eleven of the Dutch Naval Air Service’s iconic workhorses made it to Australia at the end of the Dutch East Indies campaign. Five of them were destroyed during the raid on Broome (March 3, 1942) with massive loss of life. … Continue reading

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RAAF/NZ/RAF Squadrons in Malaya 1941

Doing additional research for a forthcoming book, I am becoming more and more impressed with the deeds of the men serving in Commonwealth and NEI squadrons during the bitterly fought 55 day Malayan campaign that ended with the surrender of Singapore. Today, … Continue reading

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