The story of a squadron of pursuit pilots travel through the Philipines and Austrailia ferrying their P-40s toward the defense of Java. Almost all of the pilots were recent graduates of flying school with just a few hours on the P-40. Only forty-three of them made it to their assigned destination; the rest suffered accidents in Australia, were shot down over Bali and Darwin, or were lost in the
On December 8, 1941, Japanese Navy bombers and fighters crippled the largest force of B17 fourengine bombers outside the United States. Bartsch details personal experiences and presents the political and strategic aspects of American and Japanese planning for a war in the Pacific.