Tag Archives: Dutch East Indies

USAAF B-17’S in Java – Part 14: February 3, Java attacked.

The Japanese forces had nearly completed the encirclement of Java. And as it was now operating from Kendari and Balikpapan, the Imperial Japanese Navy’s 21st Air Flotilla was ready to carry out the first real attacks against targets in Java. … Continue reading

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New cover for “The Odyssey”

I am proud to announce the launch of “The Odyssey” with a new cover, designed by Daniela Colleo.   (www.Stunningbookcovers.com) The Java Gold Series Follow a few desperate men in their quest for a cargo of pure gold that got … Continue reading

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British Tanks in Java – 1942

Forgotten Heroes of the Malaya – NEI Campaign In December 1941, the Commonwealth forces were driven relentlessly down the Malayan peninsula in a humiliating series of military disasters. Defenceless against swarms of strafing Japanese fighters and harassed by scores of … Continue reading

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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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