By Tom Womack
December 7, 1941, spread out a brand new theater of warfare within the Pacific and a brand new chance for what used to be 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 one hundred seventy five plane, the MLD in Southeast Asia outnumbered American and British naval air reconnaissance forces mixed. 3 months of extreme battling left the Dutch bereft of hundreds of thousands of naval team of workers and over eighty percentage in their plane. 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, body of workers and coaching. Operations of the us army and Royal Air strength seaplane devices are incorporated so that it will supply an intensive historical past of the crusade. ultimate chapters conceal the MLD’s ill-fated makes an attempt at evacuation of the island battleground and supply an total assessment of the MLD’s functionality. Appendices comprise such details as Allied and jap airplane requirements, squadron tables of association, and MLD bases and operational parts. the result's by way of a ways the main finished English-language account of the Allied naval air warfare within the Netherlands East Indies.