Eleven of the Dutch Naval Air Service’s iconic workhorses made it to Australia at the end of the Dutch East Indies campaign. Five of them were destroyed during the raid on Broome (March 3, 1942) with massive loss of life.
But on February 19, 1942, five of the older Dorniers (X-5, X7, X-8, X-9 and X-10) had already been “transferred to Australia” as part of a planned evacuation of the MLD training school to a safe location. These five Dorniers formed up at RAAF Rathmines in March to continue MLD crew training before being taken over by the Royal Australian Air Force.
The five training machines sent to Australia in February were joined by a sixth (X-24) later in March 1942. This machine remained in Dutch hands until the end of 1943 and was used for clandestine flights to the former Dutch East Indies under project “Aeronaut”.
According to ADF Serials “…all the Dornier’s were in poor condition and required several months of repairs and modifications after reaching Australia. The aircraft were given RAAF Serials A49-1 thru A49-6 consecutively. One of the machines (A49-6) served the majority of its remaining career with the Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service flying between Australia and the NEI, while the other five (A49-1 thru A49-5) served with No 41 Maritime Transport Squadron based in Townsville, Queensland. Maintaining the aircraft proved to be very difficult as spares were virtually non-existent because the aircraft arrived without support equipment, servicing manuals or tools…’
The RAAF “X”- boats were withdrawn from use in 1944.
I have posted a complete history of the MLD Do-24’s as a separate page at Background Information, Aircraft, Go and have a look at it!