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Samarinda


Aerial photograph of Samarinda II airfield

U.S. Army. Via hansamethni.bloglspot.com

Samarinda (117.15E 0.50S) is a river port located just above the delta of the Mahakam River in east Borneo. There was an airfield here in late 1941, and the approaches were guarded by a small battalion of militia (about 500 troops), three 75mm coastal guns, and 4 20mm antiaircraft guns. The airfield based 1-VI.G.I, I-1-VI.G.V, and II-1-VI.G.V Squadrons with 11 Martin Bombers and 8 F2A3 Buffaloes.

Japanese air strikes forced the evacuation of the remaining aircraft on 28 January 1942. When American air reinforcements failed to arrive, the garrison decided to turn to guerrilla tactics, but the Japanese hired Dajak mercenaries to hunt them down.

Road connections

Balikpapan

Pipeline connections

Balikpapan

References

http://www.freeport-tech.com/WWII (accessed 2002; now defunct)

Rottman (2002)


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