Tag Archives: RAAF Squadrons in Malaya

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 Malayan Campaign – 1

‘” There are now sixty barges on the beach Sir”, the young lieutenant said, still out of breath after his run to the command post. “Our guess is each of them held something like sixty soldiers.” Brigadier ‘Billy’ Key, commander … Continue reading

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Allied squadrons in the Malaya – NEI campaign

After the outbreak of the Pacific War, many Allied squadrons were committed in a frantic effort to stem the Japanese tide. The fight was hard, bitter and unequal as the Allies were simply overwhelmed by the sheer scale and quality of … Continue reading

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