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The other side – The Nakajima Ki.27

The air war in Malaya began on December 8, 1941. And contrary to popular belief,  the few Commonwealth fighter squadrons were not opposed by the lethal Mitsubishi A6M “Zero’s” but initially by the nimble Nakajima Ki.27 fighter. This airplane was … Continue reading

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December 9, 1941 -The day the British lost the air war in Malaya

Excerpt from: “A Rude Awakening” Just after midnight, when the Japanese troop ships had heaved into sight about a mile offshore, a single British 18-pounder gun had opened fire on them. Thus, one hour before the Japanese struck at Pearl … Continue reading

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453 Sqn RAAF Brewster Buffaloes in Malaya

The sad fate of No. 453 RAAF Squadron in Malaya, 1941 My research for “A Rude Awakening” yielded this extraordinary story of a freshly created RAAF squadron that lost five pilots, had seven severely wounded and went down from 16 … 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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