Tag Archives: USAAF Philippines

USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part One

Bombers to the Philippines – Quick! Part One of  US Bomber Operations in the Dutch East Indies”.  As the summer of 1941 drifted into fall, even the diplomatic diehards at the State Department were forced to admit that a war … Continue reading

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Lt. Sam Marett & the Seversky P-35

An unsung hero and a forgotten plane. On December 10, 1941, the US Far East Air Force in the Philippines was still reeling from the disastrous Japanese attacks on Dec. 8 and 9. Two thirds of its heavy bombers had … 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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