ML KNIL Buffaloes – an addition

Various readers have asked me to include some more details on the Dutch Buffaloes. Especially the exact number used, the losses and what happened to the remaining Buffaloes after the NEI surrendered to the Japanese forces in March 1942.


B339C “B-398” at Semplak in July 1941. This machine was severely damaged in combat and written off after a forced landing on Feb 19, 1942.

I have updated the “Buffalo” page of this blog with three tables.
Table 1 shows the various types of B-339’s ordered by the Netherlands Purchasing Commission.
Table 2 shows the losses (in action and accidents) as far as I could trace them
Table three shows what happened to the B-339’s delivered after the capitulation of Java.

And an advice to those of you who are researching the subject of ML KNIL aircraft :
Go visit  and read Jos Heyman’s excellent overview of all ML KNIL aircraft flown in Australia.



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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