7° 43' 60S Long 109° 0' 0E Tjilatjap is located on the southern coast of Java. Also known as "Chilachap" or "Cilacap". Today located in West Java Province in Indonesia.
At the end of the Java campaign, Tjilatjap was used to evacuate Allied personnel and Dutch civilians. On February 27, 1942, the Allies planned to deliver desperately needed aircraft to Tjilatjap to aid in the defense of Java. USS Langley planned to deliver thirty-two P-40 Warhawks, but was instead bombed and damaged by nine G4M1 Betty bombers and scuttled. SS Sea Witch successfully delivered twenty-seven crated
US Army P-40E Warhawks.
Gerrit Harlaar adds:
"The P-40s that arrived with the Seawitch were shipped by rail to Bandoeng, where the ML-KNIL worked desperately round the clock to assemble them. Three were test-flown on March 7th but did not see any action. At least some of these P-40s were captured by the Japanese after Java's surrender on March 8th."
After Java was surrender to the Japanese on March 8, 1942, Tjilatjap was occupied by the Japanese for the remainder of the war.
Langley (CV-1, AV-3)
February 27, 1942 damaged 75 miles south of Tjilatjap and sunk by USS Whipple
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October 23, 2019