Tag Archives: Netherlands East Indies

KNILM Surabaya to Batavia – September 1932

It is hard to find original footage of aviation in the Netherlands East Indies during the pioneering years of the 1920’s and 30’s. But sometimes I am in luck. This time, Willem Kramer sent me a U-Tube link to footage of … Continue reading

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Dornier Do-24K MLD, an update

The Royal Dutch Naval Air Service’s excellent Do-24K seaplane still attracts a lot of attention. As a result I have been able to update this blog’s Do-24K page, especially the table at the end, providing the readers with an overview of each … Continue reading

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Dutch Buffaloes over Singapore

Visiting a WW2 forum, I was stung by someone’s question why the Dutch had done so little to help the British and Australians during the hectic battle for Malaya and Singapore. Ashley Jackson, in his book “The British Empire and … Continue reading

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Hauling Bombs, Bullets, Beer – and MacArthur

Dutch Merchantmen in the early Pacific War By March 1942, the Japanese had landed on New-Guinea. The conquest of this island would allow them to dominate Australia’s northern approach routes. And a push towards New Zealand would cut off the … Continue reading

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Dornier Do-24K’s in Australia

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. … Continue reading

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Fokker T-IX – the “Might Have Been…”

Fokker was quite upset by the loss of his commercial market to Douglas and the Dutch East Indies military market to Glenn Martin. In an attempt to re-coup their losses, Fokker Aircraft belatedly switched to all-metal aircraft construction. One of … Continue reading

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Ryan STM – First Solo Flight

in 1941, the Dutch Naval Air Service (MLD) embarked on a crash program to train pilots for the numerous aircraft it had on order in the US. To speed up training the MLD hired no less than 12 (!) American … Continue reading

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