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Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java, 1941-1942
In December 1941, the War Department sent two transports and a freighter carrying 103 P-40 fighters and their pilots to the Philipines to bolster Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Far East Air Force. They were then diverted to Australia, with new orders to ferry the P-40s to the Philippines from Australia through the Dutch East Indies. But on the same day as the second transport re...more
Hardback, 506 pages
Published July 23rd 2010 by Texas A&M University Press Consortium
(first published January 1st 2010)
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"Every Day a Nightmare" is one in a series of books by William Bartsch detailing what happened in the Pacific during early World War II when American pilots fought overwhelmed and often unsupported against the Japanese. Bartsch's attention to detail is amazing. He gives nearly a minute by minute account of the pilots, how they lived, how the fought and, for far too many, how they died. Bartsch sheds much needed light on these heroes who have been nearly forgotten. If you are interested in aviati ...more
I have the greatest respect for Bill Bartsch’s research and writing, and his work fills a void. This volume is the third in his effort to bring to light the trials of U. S. Army pursuit pilots in the Western Pacific early in the war, this one dealing with operations in Java and the work in Australia to get them and their planes to the Dutch Indies. He has a vast amount of personal data and personal experiences, and presents it in a very readable and engaging manner. Like most military campaigns ...more
William H. Bartsch, a former United Nations development economist and independent consultant, now works exclusively researching and writing on the Pacific War. He is the author of three books published by Texas A&M University Press: "Doomed at the Start: American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942," "December 8, 1941: MacArthur's Pearl Harbor," and "Everyday a Nightmare: American Pur ...moreMore about William H. Bartsch...