- Jan 2015
- Changing trains at Terrapin Station...
In fact, that's exactly how it did work, the remaining B-17s were withdrawn to Java.That's not how it works. One is not subject to a surprise attack and declaration of war, to then move hundreds of planes across the South Pacific, with infrastructure and ground crews and equipment, to serve under a command that doesn't exist, to essentially give them to an Ally that isn't even a real ally yet.
If Mac's bombers weren't destroyed on Day 1, they'd have been destroyed some other way. They'd not have done any actual good, because there wasn't time and conditions to implement any sort of effective bombing missions that early in the war.
The closest to doctrine and capability would be attacking Formosa, which would have been a suicide mission.
USAAF B17’s in Java – Part Three