chapter  4
The Dutch Transfer Sovereignty
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The return to the United States from Indonesia was much more rapid for me than my trip out. Thanks to the sale of my jeep to Borsumij, the big Dutch estate management company, I had sufficient money left over, even after my flights around Indonesia, to buy a ticket on British Overseas Airways that took me home in stages aboard their comfortable seaplanes. Flying from Batavia on 18 May 1949, I first made very brief trips to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, where I visited foreign correspondent friends whom I’d met in Indonesia, and then flew on west. With my relay of BOAC planes making the essential overnight refueling stops in Calcutta, New Delhi, Rome and Southampton, I arrived in New York on 31 May and soon was united with my wife, son Brian and daughter Sharon, who had been born in early March while I was still in Indonesia.