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).




Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

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NEWTON, William Ellis

Service number 250748
Flight Lieutenant
No. 22 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 8 Jun 1919

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EVATT, George Ashmore Leeton

Service number 412808
Flight Lieutenant
Born 10 Sep 1922

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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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BOWEN, Trevor Edward

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

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WATSON, William Somerville

Service number 416732
Pilot Officer
No. 177 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 2 Mar 1921

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GRADWELL, David Prenton

Service number 8960
Flight Lieutenant
No. 200 Flight (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 26 Jun 1919

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BOURKE, Norman Leslie

Service number 404317
Squadron Leader
No. 45 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 6 Jul 1917

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ELMES, Charles Robert Henry

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