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USAAF Dive Bombers 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 DIVE BOMBERS 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 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 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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“To help an Ally in distress…”

USAAF bombers in action on Java Prior to the Japanese attacks on December 7/8 1941, there were few, if any, plans for allied defense cooperation in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia. The Dutch relied on some sort of unwritten agreement … Continue reading

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