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.