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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Netherlands

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the Netherlands

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in Netherlands.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in Netherlands would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

Data current to 23 Oct 2018.

Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Auster Mk. III.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (IWM Photo C 2117)

Anson Mk. I (Serial No. K6285), of No. 321 (Dutch) Squadron RAF based at Carew Cheriton, Pembrokeshire, in flight north-west of Tenby, ca 1943.

 (NMNA Photo)

The first Dutch Brewster B-339D Buffalo (Serial No. B-3119) in flight in the United States prior to its delivery to the Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (Military Air Service of the Royal Netherlands East Indian Army, ML-KNIL).  Note the civil registration NX341B on the tail.  The aircraft escaped from the Netherlands East Indies and was later used by the U.S. Army Air Forces in Australia.

 (Frans Berkelaar Photo)

 (Andre Wadman Photo)

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina (Serial No. BuNo 02459), Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (MLD) (Serial No. 16-218), PH-PBY, "Karel Doorman".  This Catalina served with the MLD in the early 1950s.  Stichting Neptune Association, Lelystad, Netherlands.  Airworthy.

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (Joost J. Bakker Photo)

 (FaceMePLS Photo)

de Haviland DH.82A Tiger Moth.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (Joost J. Bakker Photo)

de Haviland DH.89 Dominie.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (Stahlkocher Photo)

  (happy days Photo)

Dornier Do 24T-3 (Wk. Nr. No. 5342), coded X-24, formerly EC-DAF, is on loan to the Militaire Luchtvaart Museum in the Netherlands from the RAF Museum, Hendon, UK.

 (Wouter Hagens Photo)

Fieseler Fi 103 V-1 flying bomb. Bevrijdende Vleugels Museum.

Fieseler Fi 103 V-1 flying bomb.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (Peeters Ben Photo)

Douglas C-47 Skytrain, "Darlin Dorien".  Bevrijdende Vleugels Museum.

 (ML-KNIL Photo)

Fokker D.XXI.  Netherlands Air Force, ca 1940-1941.

 (Clemens Vasters Photo)

 (Jan Arkesteijn Photo)

 (happy days photos)

Fokker D.XXI replica.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

The Fokker D.XXI was designed in 1935 in response to requirements laid out by the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger, ML-KNIL).  The Fokker D.XXI has the distinction of being the last fighter aircraft to be developed by Fokker.  The D.XXI was designed as an inexpensive, rugged, and compact fighter aircraft that would possess respectable performance for its era.  Entering operational use in the early years of the Second World War, it provided yeoman service for both the Luchtvaartafdeling (Dutch Army Aviation Group) and the Finnish Air Force.  Additionally, a few examples were constructed by the El Carmoli factory before it fell into rebel hands during the Spanish Civil War.  Following the invasion and occupation of the Netherlands in May 1940, several captured Dutch D.XXIs were subsequently placed into service with the Luftwaffe.

 (collectie Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie Photo, ca 1940)

 (Sandberg Photo, 26 Aug 1939)

 (Stahlkocher Photos)

 (happy days Photo)

Fokker G.I replcia.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

The Fokker G.I was a heavy twin-engined fighter aircraft comparable in size and role to the German Messerschmitt Bf 110.  Although in production prior to the Second World War, its combat introduction came at a time the Netherlands were overrun by the Germans.  The few G.Is that were mustered into service were able to score several victories . Some were captured intact after the Germans had occupied the Netherlands.  The remainder of the production run was taken over by the Luftwaffe for use as trainers.

 (van Vliegveld Waalhaven Photo)

Fokker G-1 Wasp in Luftwaffe service, Waalhaven, 1945.

 (IWM Photo CH 1157)

Fokker T-VIIIW seaplane of No. 320 (Dutch) Squadron RAF setting off on convoy patrol after taking off from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire.

 (IWM Photo CH 1042)

Fokker T-VIIIW float-plane of the Dutch-manned No 320 Squadron, receiving an overhaul at Pembroke Dock, August 1940.

 (IWM Photo A 24533)

Grumman Hellcats of No. 1840 Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Eglinton, Northern Ireland, 23 June 1944. The squadron was made up of over 80% Dutch pilots.

 (FaceMePLS Photo)

 (Fsxp3dlover Photo)

 (Joost J. Bakker Photo)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 51, 6-43, c/n 6310.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (happy days Photos)

Koolhoven FK-51, two-seat biplane trainer.  The F.K.51s were in active use in Royal Dutch Flight Schools during 1939–1940 in the training of young Dutch pilots.  The majority of F.K.51s were destroyed in May 1940 on the ground by attacking Luftwaffe aircraft.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

Lockheed 12A Electra Junior.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (NMUSAF Photo)

Martin B-10B (Model 166, 1938-1939 export version of the Martin B-10), Royal Dutch Air Force.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photos)

North American P-51D Mustang (Serial No. 44-74425), ex-RCAF (Serial No. 9591), "Damn Yankee", Tom van der Meulen, Oostwold Airport (EHOW).

 (Clemens Vasters Photo)

 (happy days photos)

North American P-51K Mustang (Serial No. 44-12125), Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, located at the former Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (happy days photo)

North American B-25 Mitchell.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

North American VB-25 Mitchell, USAAC (Serial No. 44-29507), c/n 180-32782, operated by the Duke of Brabant Air Force.  Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc (Serial No. MK732), c/n CBAF.IX1732, OU-Q, flew over the Normandy beaches on D-Day with 485 Sqn and shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109 on 8 June 1944.  Reg. No. PH-OUQ. 

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

North American VB-25 Mitchell, USAAC (Serial No. 44-29507), c/n 180-32782, operated by the Duke of Brabant Air Force. 

 (Clemens Vasters Photo)

North American AT-16 Harvard.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (Clemens Vasters Photos)

 (happy days Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc (Serial No. MJ143), H-1, Royal Netherlands Air Force.  Militaire Luchtvaart Museum, Soesterberg Air Force Base.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc (Serial No. MK732), Reg. No. PH-OUQ.  Operated by The Historic Flight of the Royal Dutch Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht) and based at Gilze-Rijen.  Built in 1943, it saw action during D-Day.  Following restoration to flight it initially carried the Dutch Air Force (Klu) markings H-25.  Following this it was painted in the scheme it wore when serving with 485 (RNZAF) Sqn, OU-U, "BABY BEA V", but now wears an all-over silver scheme (Serial No. MK732), 3W-17, Royal Netherlands Air Force.

 (Joost J. Bakker Photo)

 (Peeters Ben Photo)

Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk. XVIIIe (Serial No. TP263).  Displayed at the National War & Resistance Museum.  Ex-Indian Air Force (Serial No. HS649), rebuilt to represent a Mk. XIVc.  Painted as (Serial No. NH649), 3W-F, No.322 (Dutch) Squadron.