Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the by William H. Bartsch,Anthony Weller

By William H. Bartsch,Anthony Weller

In December 1941, the battle division despatched transports and a freighter wearing 103 P-40 opponents and their pilots to the Philipines to strengthen Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s a ways 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 speedily advancing jap forces, leading to a holiday of their ferry course and one other switch of their orders.
 
This time the pilots might fly their airplane to Java to take part within the determined Allied protection of that final jap target. with the exception of the pilots from the Philippines, just about all of the opposite pilots finally assigned to the 5 provisional pursuit squadrons ordered to Java have been contemporary graduates of flying university with quite a few hours at the P-40. purely forty-three of them made it to their assigned vacation spot; the remaining 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 succeed in the key box on Java questioned in the event that they were sacrificed for no objective. because the eastern air attack intensified day-by-day, the Allied security collapsed. simply 11 jap plane fell to the P-40s.
 
Author William H. Bartsch has pored via own diaries and memoirs of the contributors, cross-checking those fundamental resources opposed to eastern aerial wrestle documents of the interval and supplementing them with legitimate documents and different American, Dutch, and Australian money owed. Bartsch’s thorough and meticulous examine yields a story that situates the Java pursuit pilots’ studies in the context of the final strategic state of affairs within the early days of the Pacific theater.

 

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