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MLD c1938

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MLD December 25, 1938

Aircraft History
Built by Dornier Flugzeugwerke as a model Do 24K-1. Werknummern 772 (Werk Nr. 772). Assigned German registration D-AYWI. This flyingboat was purchased by the Marine-Luchtvaartdienst (MLD), one of eleven flying boats built for the Marineluchtvaartdienst (Netherlands Naval Aviation Service). Painted in MLD markings with serial number X-1 painted on both sides of the fuselage in large black letters.

On September 8, 1938 flown from Friedrichshafen to the Netherlands, disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard the Kota Agoeng that departed on September 30, 1938 for the Dutch East Indies and reassembled. During November to December 1938, used in the eastern Dutch East Indies. Assigned to GVT 2 at Lake Tondano.

Wartime History
On December 22, 1941 at 2:00am took off from Lake Tondano armed with 300 kg bombs on a mission against Japanese shipping in Davao Harbor off Davao. The GVT 2 formation was led by Do 24 X-25 leading Do 24 X-11 and this aircraft. Over the target, the three flyingboats held a tight formation and bombed a tanker (indentified by the Dutch as the Tonan Maru) and calimed a bomb exploded forward and two others alongside and causing a fire.

Sinking History
On December 26, 1941 moored at Lake Tondano being refueld and rearmed when strafed by six A6M2 Zeros from the 3rd Kokutai that set this flyingboat on fire and caused it to sink. Also lost was Do 24K X-12 and Do 24K X-25 from GVT 2 and Do 24K X-26 of GVT 5 plus S-43B Baby Clipper PK-AFT. On the ground, six were killed and seventeen were wounded. One, Sgt Evers died of his wounds on January 4, 1942.

References - Werknummern 772
Not Nearly Enough by Lou Dorny

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November 9, 2019


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