Tag Archives: Pacific War

USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Nine

The fate of Malaya and Singapore was sealed between February 8 and February 18, and during that time, there were no Japanese raids on Java. But it was far from a restful time for the USAAF. It was the period … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part One

Disaster in the Philippines When the alarm finally went off in 1939, the hasty scramble to re-arm could not undo the effects of decades of politically expedient budget cuts, short-sighted complacency and deliberate neglect that had eroded the Allies’ defensive … Continue reading

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75 Years Ago – Pearl Harbor (and more)

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the pacific war started. A war that changed the world forever. The Japanese conquest of most of South-East Asia heralded the downfall of the mighty British, Dutch and French colonial empires in the Far-East. … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor and More, A virtual blog tour

Over the past weeks I have informed you all about our project: “Pearl Harbor and more”. Launched on November 1, we have had excellent editorial and reader reviews, lifting the set to an average rating 0f 4,7 on a scale … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the 1941 Malayan campaign – 3

Squadron Leader Arthur Stewart King Scarf was the first RAF officer to win (posthumously) a Victoria Cross during the Malayan campaign. Arthur “Pongo” Scarf was a regular, Cranwell educated RAF officer who had joined the RAF in 1936. He served … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the 1941 Malayan Campaign – 2

Author’s note: This fragment is based upon the experiences of Flight-Lieutenant Tim Vigors DFC, who was acting CO of No. 453 Sqn RAAF from December 1 until December 13, 1941. Vigors was educated at Eton and joined the RAF in … Continue reading

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Dutch Brewster Buffaloes in Australia

A Dutch freighter, carrying 21 crated Brewster Buffaloes, reached Tjilatjap (south Java) early March 1942. By then, the Japanese had invaded Java and, as the speed of the Japanese advance outpaced all efforts to bolster the crumbling Dutch air power, the … 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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