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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Seven

Darwin Feb 19, 1942 – Australia’s Pearl Harbor Before the Japanese could launch their final assault on Java, they had to capture Bali as an airbase and to cut off the Allied air supply route from Australia. To accomplish this, … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Six

Confusion, chaos – and Bob Buel “…Essential you have squadron P-40’s at Darwin for operations and convoy by 13-14 February…” said a message from General Brett on February 12, 1942, confirming the confusion and chaos that now had the Allied … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Five

The Other Enemy – The Weather… USAAF officers Wagner, Mahoney, Strauss and Keenan were handling the P-40 flight training in Brisbane. On February 1, 1942, they put their commissions at risk by sending this message directly to Washington: “… have … 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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