The very end of Dutch rule in the East. Hunters N-108 and N-135 of 322 squadron taxiing out at Mokmer airfield for a goodbye flight over Biak, New Guinea. These Mk.4 Hunters have the sawtooth wing leading edge modification. N-273, a Mk.6, is in the shelter on the right. Photo from: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
The Dutch government sent a squadron of Hunters, one of which is seen in the background, to Mokmer airfield on Biak Island to defend Netherlands New Guinea against the Indonesians. In 1961 two Tiger Moths arrived to serve as glider tugs, probably because NNG offered little entertainment for off-duty personnel. A-4 still wears its RAF serial PG685 on the fin. Abandoned with Dutch withdrawal late 1962. Sold to Philippnes in 1964. To N1300D in 1965. Still current at time of upload with FAA listing a wrong c/n, 86504. Thanks to Malcolm Fillmore for his information. Photo from: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
Delivered in 1954 to the airline of then Netherlands New Guinea. The lake is near Jayapura, then known as Hollandia. The Beaver went to Merpati in 1962 as PK-GBA, fate unknown. Photo from: Nationaal Archief (Netherlands)
The Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force was the largest export customer for the B-10 or 'Glenn Martin' bomber, with 121 aircraft purchased of the Model 139 WH1-, WH-2 and WH-3/3A (Model 166) versions. Photo from: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
G-ADUY sank after hitting a submerged object while taxiing for take-off at Batavia (Jakarta). It was shipped back to the UK but was found uneconomical to repair. Scrapped. Photo from: Hudson Fysh Collection/State Library of New South Wales
Equipped with Fireflies, VSQ 7 was sent to Mokmer, Biak Island in 1955 to defend the Dutch part of New Guinea which the Dutch claimed was a separate colony and not part of Indonesia. Both these two airframes were scrapped at Biak early in 1959. Photo from: Pabo collection
PK-AFB was part of the KNILM fleet until it crashed on February 4, 1938. Sistership PK-AFC visited Australia during the many years Dutch authorities sought approval to add Australia to the KLM/KNILM route map. When approval was finally received, KNILM was using Lockheed 14s and there is no record of -AFB ever visiting Australia. The photo is believed to be at one of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesian) ports used by Qantas on its Australia-Singapore service. Photo from: Hudson Fysh Collection/State Library of New South Wales
This picture shows the original Douglas DC-2, PH-AJU, de "Uiver". An enormous crowd gathered at the airfield of Darmo, Surabaya. The plane made a stop over during its return flight from Australia to Holland after it participated in the Londen-Melbourne race. There are more than enough volunteers to push the DC-2 to its parking spot!