Reevers Warbirds B-25 Mitchell Restoration – “Pulk” a Dutch Tribute

For some, history is very much alive.
Look at this post from Aces Flying High. A marvelous restoration job of a B-25J and named for one of the – in this case no longer forgotten – heroes named in one of my posts :Fred Pelder, who managed to escape from Java in a cobbled together Lockheed 12. (See my post “Escape From Java”)
Wonderful to see this dedication – so that younger generations can have a view of what it must have been like!

And thanks to Fred’s son Fred, who helped me correct his father’s long standing erroneously quoted name.


Aces Flying High

Reevers B-25J

Reevers Warbirds unveiled their North American B-25J Mitchell medium bomber restoration project at a public open day hosted by Classic Jets Fighter Museum on April 9th, 2017 at Parafield Airport, Adelaide, South Australia (alongside the museums F4U Corsair restoration project). I was in town and couldn’t miss the opportunity to attend!

Reevers Warbirds B-25 Pulk Parafield Airport April 2017 Earlier in the morning prior to the open day at Classic Jets Fighter Museum I took a look through the fence at B-25 “Pulk” whilst it was out in the open air at Parafield Airport (April 2017) – note the nose undercarriage door was loose, it had only been temporarily attached for the veteran ceremonies the day before and came off overnight in the wind outdoors

Reevers Warbirds B-25 Pulk Parafield Airport April 2017 Earlier in the morning prior to the open day at Classic Jets Fighter Museum I took a look through the fence at B-25 “Pulk” whilst it was out in the open air at Parafield…

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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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7 Responses to Reevers Warbirds B-25 Mitchell Restoration – “Pulk” a Dutch Tribute

  1. GP Cox says:

    Deano always has a fantastic post, doesn’t he?!!


    • Kingsleyr says:

      Yes, I do think so too. Apologies for reacting so late.

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      • GP Cox says:

        While I have you here. I was hoping you could recommend some books on the Dutch East Indies being taken back from the Japanese?


      • Kingsleyr says:

        There are few – if any – books published on this subject. Of course there is an ‘official’ study by Dr. L. de Jongh (‘Kingdom of the Netherlands in WW2’, parts 11b and c), in Dutch) which deals with this subject but at a rather abstract level.
        To the dismay of the Dutch Government, the US Forces bypassed the Dutch East Indies in their drive toward the Philippines and the stepping-stone islands that would lead to Japan. After the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese in Java and elsewhere surrendered and retreated into their camps and barracks without a fight. The NEI were included in the ‘British Sphere of Influence’ and came under Lord Louis Mountbatten’s jurisdiction. It was not until early 1946 before any Dutch forces arrived in Sumatra and even later in Java.
        To plug this information gap, I have added an appendix called “The troubled road to Indonesian Independence” in “Winds of Fortune”, the second book in the Java Gold Series. This overview deals with the ‘power vacuum’ after the sudden and unexpected Japanese surrender, and the four years of war between the Indonesians and the Dutch that followed.

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      • GP Cox says:

        Thank you very much for taking the time to tell me this. Much appreciated.


      • Kingsleyr says:

        No thanks; at some later stage I will cover the allied move up the island chain in 1944 – 1945. Some fighting was done in the north and west in 1945, to re-take the Borneo and Sumatra oil fields. The rest of the islands were bypassed. The slow ‘liberation’ of those interned in Jap camps took almost a year, those inside now not longer guarded against break out but ‘protected’ by the same Japanese from killing sprees by the native population. The worst example was the ‘Battle of Surabaya’, when British forces tried to move Dutch POW’s to another location. It cost a British general his life and the uprising could only be put down by re-arming the Japanese and calling in the RAF and the Royal Navy to strafe and bomb…

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      • GP Cox says:

        That will be very interesting to read – I had heard the Japanese were used as guards at some point, but the rest – I’ll leave it up to you to educate me!


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