Douglas DC5

The Douglas DC5 airliner plays a very important role in several chapters of ‘The Java Gold’. I guess most of you have never heard of this type and don’t have a clue what such an airliner looked like.
So here’s a picture of a KNILM DC5.


The plane is seen during refuelling, probably at Kemajoran (Jakarta) to judge by the KLM company flag above the cockpit. After its escape to Australia in March 1942 it was re-registered VH-CXA.
Its career came to an end on August 17,1942 when, during a Japanese air raid at Wards Strip, Port Moresby, New Guinea, it was strafed and destroyed by fire.

About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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2 Responses to Douglas DC5

  1. Ron Dupas says:

    Robert!! Congratulations!!! I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I can’t seem to ever make it past page 2!


    • Kingsleyr says:

      Thanks Ron!
      Good to hear from you.
      If you could draw people’s attention to the book then I, as a beginning author, would be most grateful!
      A sale is a sale after all!
      I am already working on volume 2. And in the meantime I am building up this blog with historical info on people, places and … planes.
      Next one will be on the Brewster B339 Buffalo in Dutch service. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
      Give my regards to your wife.



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