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History, Camouflage and Markings
Curtiss P-40E/N Operations of The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force

Part 1 1942 - 1945

by Max Schep and Luuk Boerman

Dutch Profile

Summary

Catalogue Number:

Curtiss P-40E/N Operations of The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force Part 1 1942 - 1945
History, Camouflage and Markings.
Dutch Profile Publications
by Max Schep and Luuk Boerman

ISBN:

978-94-90092-01-6

Contents and Media:

48 pages in A4 format with a card cover. Text in both Dutch and English.

Price:

Euro 17.50 available online from Dutch Profile website

£15.99 available online from Hannants

Review Type:

FirstRead

Advantages:

Many very clear and interesting B&W photos including some interior shots and excellent colour artwork. Photo captions are in both Dutch and English.

Disadvantages:

 

Conclusion:

An excellent book that will appeal to both the historian as well as the modeller.


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


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FirstRead

 

Dutch Profile originates from Holland and the company produces both decals and books dealing with aircraft in the service of the Dutch armed Forces.

Coverage of the operations of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force in World War Two is difficult to come by to say the least.  This new book by Dutch Profile goes a long way in redressing this shortage as well as relating their use of the P-40.

The book is logically laid out in that it follows the withdrawal of the NEIAAF from what was then called Java, it’s the re-formation in Australia, training in both the USA and Australia and then re-deployment to and operations in Java until the end of World War Two.  Those who have an interest in their post World War Two struggle to regain the territories will have to wait until Part 2.

The operational history part covers (in the main) the operations of 120 Squadron from Merauke, Biak, and Noemfoer islands against the occupying Japanese forces.

 

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The information provided in the book is very, very complete to say the least and even details the names of the pilots and individual serials of the P-40s flown as well as the nose art carried by each machine.

The book is profusely illustrated in period colour and black and white images many of which are appearing for the first time in print.  The colour images are a real treat as they show just what wartime olive drab with medium green “blotches” over neutral grey painted P-40s looked like. 

Markings fans are catered for too with seven pages of colour profiles showing some 27 RNEIAAF machines and two RAAF ones.  The individual Patrol (flight) identification markings worn on operations as well as in training in Australia and the USA are also documented.  Inclusion of the two RAAF machines is a given seeing that the 120 Squadron operated alongside the RAAF and indeed at one time was under command of 72 Air Defence Wing RAAF with the Squadron’s compliment being made up of just 21 Dutch pilots and 312 RAAF members!

The book is A4 in size, soft back bound and printed on good quality paper.  It is printed in both the Dutch and English languages with the first 29 pages in Dutch and the remaining 18 pages in the English language.  Photographic captions are also in Dutch (first) and English.

All up an excellent book that will appeal to both the historian as well as the modeller.

Thanks to Luuk from Dutch Profile for the review sample.


Review Copyright 2008 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 24 August, 2010
Last updated 16 May, 2008

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