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    Tjilatjap (Chilachap, Cilacap) West Java Province (Jawa Barat) Indonesia
Location
Lat 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.

Wartime History
During early February 1942 the American, British, Dutch, Australian Flotilla (ABDAFLOAT) operated from Tjilatjap. On February 27, 1942, USS Langley (AV-3) was scheduled to deliver thirty-two P-40E Warhawks to Tjilatjap for the defense of Java but was bombed and scuttled. That same day SS Sea Witch delivered twenty-seven crated P-40E Warhawks. At the end of the Java campaign, Tjilatjap was used to evacuate Allied personnel and Dutch civilians.

Gerrit Harlaar adds:
"The P-40s that arrived with the Seawitch were shipped by rail to Bandoeng where the ML-KNIL personnel worked desperately round the clock to assemble them. Three were test-flown on March 7, 1942 but did not see any action. At least some of these P-40s were captured by the Japanese after Java was surrendered on March 8, 1942."

On March 8, 1942 the Allies surrendered Java and Tjilatjap was occupied by the Japanese for the remainder of the Pacific War.

USS Langley (AV-3)
February 27, 1942 damaged 75 miles south of Tjilatjap and scuttled by USS Whipple

References
Netherlands Navy - Tjilatjap

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April 10, 2020

 

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