Air War SE Asia 1941-45 (World War 2, 7 December 1941 to 15 August 1945)

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About This Campaign

This section realtes to air operations over the mainland of SE Asia and continued until 15 August 1945.  Operations eastward and those of a Maritime nature are addressed in a separate section 'Air War SW Pacific'.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, the Philippines and the north coast of Malaysia on 7 Dec 1941, the Allied air forces in the region were hit by a succession of hammer blows as they Japanese quickly gained air superiority, lead by the ubiquitous Mitsubishi A6 'Zero' fighter that was faster more manouverable and at least as heavily armed as anything the Allies had at that time.

On the mainland of SE Asia, so began an aerial contest that encompassed an area from Singapore to India and into China.  After the disastrous Malayan campaign, RAAF personnel served primarily attached to RAF squadrons based in India and Burma (now Myanamar).

 

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Names

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BOWEN, Trevor Edward

Service number 439863
Flight Sergeant
No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 10 Aug 1925

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SMITH, Albert Thomas

Service number 411613
Flying Officer
No. 4 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 7 May 1919

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SEMPLE, Douglas George

Service number 26741
Flight Sergeant
No. 22 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 6 Nov 1921

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ELMES, Charles Robert Henry

Service number 413842
Flight Lieutenant
No. 203 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 11 Oct 1911

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NICHTERLEIN, William Everard

Service number 416104
Pilot Officer
No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 14 Feb 1920

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HESLIN, Brendan Michael

Service number 440787
Flight Sergeant
No. 21 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 23 May 1924

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KERR, Alan Leslie Colin

Service number 405741
Flight Lieutenant
No. 1 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 28 Jan 1920

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MIDDLETON, Bertram John

Service number 408052
Flying Officer
No. 24 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 15 Dec 1918