Tag Archives: USAAF 1942

USAAF B-17’S in Java – Part 12: The loss of Major Stanley K. Robinson

  “Once captured by the enemy, a secret airfield will become a fearful liability”,  the Royal Dutch Navy had predicted not so long ago. And the capture of the secret airfield Kendari II (in Celebes or Sulawesi) proved how true … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 11 – The Battle for Balikpapan heats up

The Battle for Balikpapan – Things heating up The Japanese pincer operation against Java continued, and the invasion of Balikpapan went according to plan, despite the losses suffered by the Balikpapan landing force during the night attack of January 24. … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 10 – Balikpapan – Round One to the US Navy

The Battle of Balikpapan – Round One to the US Navy With the drive through Malaya toward Singapore – the western part of the Japanese pincer operation against Java –– now well underway, the eastern part of the pincer was … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 8 – “Shuttle Bombing”

To all my readers and followers: due to personal reasons it has been a long time since I posted the latest installment in this series. But now I have taken up the thread again and will complete this awesome and … Continue reading

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USAAF B17’s in JAVA – Part 4 – Hitting the Philippines

Hitting the Philippines – from Java On January 8, 1942, the seemingly indefatigable Combs took nine of the B-17’s to Kendari II (also known as K2) at 07.15 a.m. They arrived 11.30 a.m. and took off at 17.00 p.m. the … Continue reading

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USAAF B17’s in Java – Part 3 – 19th BG – Next stop: Java

Darwin – Next stop: Java On December 24, four days after the last B-17 had left for the safety of Darwin, the Japanese launched their heaviest air raid on the Manila area. They concentrated on the waterfront, destroying the area … Continue reading

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USAAF Douglas A-24’s in Java – Part Three

The 91st Bomb Squadron in Action February 19th sealed the fate of the Allied campaign in the Dutch East Indies. On this day, the Japanese simultaneously attacked Darwin in Australia, Kupang in Timor and Den Pasar in Bali. By landing … Continue reading

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USAAF DOUGLAS A-24’s IN JAVA

The story of the ill-fated 27th Bomb Group “…Simply because our A-24’s have truck tires on the wheels, hand triggers on the guns, control sticks that can only move a few inches because of the armored seats, no self-sealing tanks, … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Ten

The loss of the Langley and the final curtain When USAT Monroe docked in Brisbane on January 31, 1942, she brought in 70 additional P-40’s while the SS Mariposa delivered 4000 US servicemen, including personnel of the 49th fighter group. … 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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