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Stan Gajda

Aircraft History
Built by Dornier Flugzeugwerke. Werknummern 780. Registered in Germany as D-AYWI. This flying boat was purchased by the Netherlands Marine-Luchtvaartdienst (MLD) as one of eleven flying boats built for the Marineluchtvaartdienst (Netherlands Naval Aviation Service). Before shipment overseas, this aircraft was converted into a Do 24K-1 variant. Painted in MLD markings with serial number X-20 on both sides of the fuselage in large black letters.

On February 14, 1939 flown from Friedrichshafen to Papendrecht. On February 20, 1939 loaded as cargo aboard the vessel Kota Nopan at Papendrecht and shipped overseas to the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). During January 1940 assigned to squadron GVT 4.

Wartime History
On December 10, 1941 transfered to squadron GVT 3 and assigned to Sambo. On December 12, 1941 flown from Singapore to Tandjong Pinang. On December 17, 1941 claimed a Japanese schooner sunk near the Tambelan Islands.

On December 23, 1941 this flying boat engaged in a dog fight with Japanese fighters. On December 31, 1941 arrived at Morokrembangan Seaplane Base in eastern Java.

On January 30, 1942 assigned to squadron GVT 7 at Lake Grati near Soerabaja in Java to fly reconnaissance missions along with Do 24 X-1, Do 24 X-24 and Do 24 X-36.

On March 2, 1942 departed Lengkong in Java on an evacuation flight bound for Roebuck Bay off Broome in Western Australia arriving the next morning.

Mission History
On March 3, 1942 at 9:20am strafed by A6M2 Zeros from the 3rd Kokutai that set it on fire and sank it into shallow water while moored in Roebuck Bay off Broome.

The wreckage remains in situ. In the early 1980s, the wings still had the original green paint. An aluminum box had a white stenciled "X-20" indicating the serial number of the flying boat.

References - Werknummern 780
Thanks to Stan Gajda for additional information

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Last Updated
September 29, 2019


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