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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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