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By William H. Bartsch,Anthony Weller

In December 1941, the battle division despatched transports and a freighter sporting 103 P-40 warring parties and their pilots to the Philipines to reinforce Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s some distance East Air strength. They have been then diverted to Australia, with new orders to ferry the P-40s to the Philippines from Australia throughout the Dutch East Indies. yet at the related day because the moment shipping reached its vacation spot on January 12, 1942, the 1st of the most important refueling stops within the East Indies fell to swiftly advancing eastern forces, leading to a holiday of their ferry direction and one other swap of their orders.
 
This time the pilots might fly their plane to Java to take part within the determined Allied safety of that final jap aim. apart from the pilots from the Philippines, just about all of the opposite pilots ultimately assigned to the 5 provisional pursuit squadrons ordered to Java have been contemporary graduates of flying tuition with quite a few hours at the P-40. in basic terms forty-three of them made it to their assigned vacation spot; the remainder suffered injuries in Australia, were shot down over Bali and Darwin, or have been misplaced within the sinking of the USS Langley because it carried thirty-two of them to Java. Even those that did achieve the key box on Java puzzled in the event that they were sacrificed for no function. because the jap air attack intensified day-by-day, the Allied safeguard collapsed. purely 11 eastern airplane fell to the P-40s.
 
Author William H. Bartsch has pored via own diaries and memoirs of the members, cross-checking those basic assets opposed to jap aerial wrestle files of the interval and supplementing them with legitimate documents and different American, Dutch, and Australian bills. Bartsch’s thorough and meticulous learn yields a story that situates the Java pursuit pilots’ studies in the context of the general strategic scenario within the early days of the Pacific theater.

 

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