Op 16 april hadden we gehoopt de tentoonstelling over de crash landing van de B-25 van Ira Barnett en zijn crew en de reddingsactie door Louis Rapmund en Mac Gillespie te openen in Museum Bronbeek in Arnhem.


Helaas heeft het Corona virus roet in het eten gegooid.


Niet getreurd want het boek KAIS is vanaf nu in het Engels in de Amazon winkel te koop en via deze site of de webwinkels van het Boekengilde en BOL.com. De diverse buttons brengen je naar de betreffende winkels.





On April 16th we had hoped to open the exhibition on the crash of the B-25 manned by Ira Barnett and his crew and the daring rescue operation by Louis Rapmund and Mac Gillespie at the Bronbeek Museum in Arnhem, the Netherlands.


Unfortunately, the COVID virus has thrown a spanner in the works.


None the less, the book is available in English at Amazon.com both as a paperback and as a Kindle e-book. In Dutch through the Boekengilde bookshop and through BOL.com (use the appropriate button)


Bestellen: voor 22,- euro inclusief verzendkosten (brievenbuspakket, binnen Nederland) tot 16 april 2020 met een B-25 boekenlegger.  Klik op de knop hieronder en mail naam en postadres voor bestelling. Na ontvangst betaling (instructies in de retourmail) krijgt u het boek toegezonden.



Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite


An amazing World War II rescue mission is depicted in the nonfictional work KAIS: A true story of a daring rescue in the swamps of New Guinea, summer 1944, written by Bas Krueger. A four-man crew from the 418th squadron manned the B-25 bomber whose mission was to destroy Japanese supply ships. The crew was made up of pilot Ira Barnett; gunner Harold Tantaquidgeon, a Mohegan Native American; navigator Thomas Wright; and radio operator Paul Whipland. On July 27, 1944, this crew and three others left on what was a relatively routine mission. However, the plane was hit by Japanese fire, and a crash landing was necessary. All four men survived, and a rescue operation began. While it took several weeks to locate the plane and bring the men back to safety, the rescue also had its perils.

This book is remarkably comprehensive in many aspects. The author is a heritage specialist, historian and writer, and the reader benefits from his attention to detailed, accurate information. Also included is the journey to New Guinea in 2019, in search of the wreckage of the B-25. Not only does Bas Krueger include historical facts, but he also includes the personal side of the story, with the inclusion of letters, photographs, and communications between the rescuers and crew. The assistance provided by the local villagers, the Papuans, adds more interest. Their knowledge of the jungle, swamps, and rivers provided needed support during 1944 and in the 2019 expedition. Author/historian Bas Krueger has written a compelling work in KAIS. It is an unforgettable read!