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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 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 Three

The 17th goes north 16 – 25 January, 1942, In the early morning of January 16, 1942, the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Provisional) left for Darwin. After a hair-raising rooftop-level buzz down Brisbane’s Queen Street, the 17 P-40’s turned north-west onto … 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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