By Tom Womack
December 7, 1941, unfolded a brand new theater of warfare within the Pacific and a brand new possibility for what was once then the Netherlands East Indies. The Dutch, with their Naval Air strength or Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (MLD), made a significant—and usually overlooked—contribution to the Allied attempt. With their a hundred seventy five airplane, the MLD in Southeast Asia outnumbered American and British naval air reconnaissance forces mixed. 3 months of severe combating left the Dutch bereft of millions of naval body of workers and over eighty percentage in their airplane. This paintings info the activities of MLD throughout the jap invasion of the Netherlands East Indies. starting with a glance on the origins of the MLD, it presents an summary of the strength, together with an research of its plane, apparatus, group of workers and coaching. Operations of the U.S. army and Royal Air strength seaplane devices are incorporated so that it will supply an intensive background of the crusade. ultimate chapters hide the MLD’s ill-fated makes an attempt at evacuation of the island battleground and supply an total overview of the MLD’s functionality. Appendices include such info as Allied and jap airplane necessities, squadron tables of association, and MLD bases and operational components. the result's through some distance the main accomplished English-language account of the Allied naval air conflict within the Netherlands East Indies.