Tag Archives: US Forces in NEI

USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 9 – Project ‘X’

Project “X”, the 7th Bomb Group and Problems of Command When President Roosevelt learned of the FEAF’s massive losses on December 8, he immediately issued a Presidential directive to reinforce the Philippines. As a result, a total of 15 Consolidated … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Eight

The 17th into the breach On January 25, 1942, the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Provisional) under Major Charles A Sprague, arrives at Surabaya with 12 P-40’s. It is the first USAAF pursuit squadron to arrive in Java, in a frantic effort … Continue reading

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American Troops on Timor in 1942

“… a volunteer is a guy who forgot to step backwards with the rest…”, 2nd  lieutenant Charles H Burnside must have thought when he was asked to volunteer for a special job. He and 15 men of “B” battery, 147th … Continue reading

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