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edwest2 15th October 2018 17:11

Desperate Gambit: Project X and American Airmen in the Dutch East Indies, 1941-42
 
From the Stone & Stone site:


Bill Bartsch, author of superlative books such as Victory Fever on Guadalcanal, sent us this information about his current project:
"I've been working the past few years on the untold story of the Army Air Forces' Project X to transfer 65 B-17Es and 15 LB-30s to MacArthur in the Philippines in December 1941 and then shifted to Java from early January 1942 when no bases remained in the Philippines from where the heavy bombers could operate. This was a highly secret operation pushed by Chief of Staff Marshall at the instigation of FDR in an effort to help MacArthur. I have found records for most of the flights from MacDill Field in Tampa, Florida to the Far East, an unprecedented effort to ferry so many bombers with mostly green crews over half way around the world. I pick up the story of the experiences of the crews in combat over the Dutch East Indies in January-February 1942. I also include the story of the 19th Bomb Group survivors of the Philippines campaign who flew missions out of Australia and then Java in their few outmoded B-17Ds up to mid-January 1942. Tentative title: Desperate Gambit: Project X and American Airmen in the Dutch East Indies, 1941-42."

James S. 15th October 2018 17:33

Desperate Gambit: Project X and American Airmen in the Dutch East Indies, 1941-42
 
Can't wait for this. Mr. Bartsch is a brilliant author. Thanks for the information.

James

edwest2 15th October 2018 17:49

Re: Desperate Gambit: Project X and American Airmen in the Dutch East Indies, 1941-42
 
You're welcome James. I enjoy looking for such things.



Ed


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