USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part Eight
Genesis of the “Shuttle Bombing”
The sudden Japanese strafing attack on Kendari II had made it clear that the Dutch ‘secret’ fields were no longer secret; they were in fact becoming too vulnerable.
The alternative was to mount direct ‘shuttle missions’ from Malang to Del Monte. This would allow for two-way bombing of targets between Java and the Philippines. An additional advantage of this kind of shuttle operation was that ammunition could be carried into Mindanao on the way out, while some of the 19th Bomb Group’s experienced personnel, now marooned at Del Monte, could be evacuated to Java on the return flight.