What is the Correct Location for Java, Dutch East Indies in 1941?

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A military officer's plane crashed in Java in 1941.  Java was part of the Dutch East Indies before 1942, when the Japanese Army invaded.  What is the correct location designation?
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asked in Genealogy Help by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (318k points)

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In Dutch, it was called Nederlandsch-IndiĆ«. In English it was Dutch East Indies to separate it from the Dutch West Indies. It remained under the flag of the Netherlands until March 8, 1942 when the Royal Dutch East Indies Army surrendered in Java to the Japanese. After Japan's 1945 surrender, nationalist leaders declared independence, while the Dutch attempted to reassert their control. The Netherlands recognized Indonesian independence in December, 1949, except for "Netherlands New Guinea/Western New Guinea"(Nederlands-Nieuw-Guinea) which was not ceded to Indonesia until 1963. Summarized from Wikipedia.  So I guess the answer to your question is Java, Nederlandsch-IndiĆ« until March 8, 1942.

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