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    Summer Reading
    From: Michael Dorl
    Date: 2010 Aug 03, 14:12 -0500

    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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