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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Nine

The fate of Malaya and Singapore was sealed between February 8 and February 18, and during that time, there were no Japanese raids on Java. But it was far from a restful time for the USAAF. It was the period … 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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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 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 Four

The Bali Ambush – 20th Squadron to Java The USAT President Polk, a cargo liner pressed into service as an Army transport, sailed from San Francisco on December 18, 1941 without escort, en-route for Mindanao. As the situation in the Philippines … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Two

A journey to Australia Alarmed by the Japanese onslaught, the USAAF decided to form five provisional pursuit Squadrons to bolster the battered defences of the Philippines. These were to be the 3rd, 13th, 17th, 20th and 33rd. Pilots hardly out … 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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