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    Re: Summer Reading
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2010 Aug 03, 23:21 +0200

    Here is some good reading about the Balikpapan raid:
    Michael Dorl wrote:
    > Thanks to all who made suggestions, now I have a lot more to read!
    > I have a book titled "Combat WWII Pacific" edited by Congdon and
    > Mitgang.  It's a collection of extracts from other sources.  Among
    > them is a chapter titled "Raid on Balijpapan" on the first B24 raid on
    > the Japanese held oil refinery at Bilikpapan.    The source cited is
    > "Big Distance" by Duell, Sloane, and Pearce but I've never been able
    > to find that.
    > There were 72 bomber in six groups.  Take off weight was 68,500 lbs,
    > 20,500 lbs over design and 8,500 lbs over 'normal' overload.  The
    > planes took off just after midnight and flew individually to a dawn
    > rendezvous some 1035 miles from the take off point and 220 miles form
    > the target.  The first group of 12 planes met at that point within 13
    > minutes.

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