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As mentioned Womack speculates a little on different political outcomes. The author is a public relations executive, not a historian — but the research seems quite well done.
There are a number of photographs, which must have been hard to come by even in the age of the Internet. Maps are frequent, but the scale generally includes all of the NEI which is a little too large to track action details. There are more typographic errors than you expect in the age of spell checkers, but none affect facts or understanding.
Extensive appendices list the history and fate of every documented MLD base and aircraft. Oh; I almost forgot. Catalina Y was on a reconnaissance mission near North Gebroeders Island on February 27 when she was intercepted by six Ki Nates. In a running battle, she shot down a Nate and damaged another before making a powerless landing in Force 3 sea conditions.
All crew survived the landing, despite wounds to the pilot and copilot; after 22 hours in a leaky rubber boat they made their way to North Gebroeders Island, where they found an abandoned motor launch.
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The motor could not be repaired so they paddled the launch to Sumatra, then purchased as series of native proas and made their way to Java. The wounded copilot had to be left behind. On Java, they split into two groups of three and tried to make their way overland through Japanese-held territory.
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One group was betrayed by Indonesians and turned over to the Japanese; the other was surrounded by Indonesians and murdered. Add the incapacity of the ABDA alliance, and there is little reason to expect that more could have been achieved than a tragic last stand. The question I probably need to study is just how the Dutch seemed to do a poor job of winning "native" support, even by the standards of other colonial powers. Battle of Tarakan Dutch East Indies campaign.
Appendices contain such information as Allied and Japanese aircraft specifications, squadron tables of organization, and MLD bases and operational areas.click here
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