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  Dornier Do 24K-1 Serial Number X-23  
IJN March 3, 1942

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RAAF March 1942

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Stan Gajda 1981

Aircraft History
Built by Dornier Flugzeugwerke. Werknummern 784. Registered in Germany as D-AYWI. This flying boat was purchased by the Marine-Luchtvaartdienst (MLD), 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-23 painted on both sides of the fuselage in large black letters.

On April 21, 1939 flown from Germany to Papendrecht, Netherlands. Delivered to the MLD as serial number X-23. No known nickname or nose art. During 1939, loaded as cargo aboard the vessel Bantam and shipped overseas to the Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Wartime History
On January 29, 1942 assigned to squadron GVT 6 as a replacement aircraft for Do 24K-1 X-29.

On February 7, 1942 transfered to Koepang Seaplane Base with Do 24K-1 X-3 to pick up a crew from GVT 7 and transport them to Morokrembangan Seaplane Base in eastern Java.

On March 1, 1942 transfered with Do 24 X-3 and Do 24 X-28 to Lengkong in western Java.

On March 2, 1942 departs Lengkong in Java on an overnight evacuation flight bound for Roebuck Bay off Broome in Western Australia and arrives March 3, 1942 in the early 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 propeller blades were removed by vandals, but in 1981 the control column was still present, as were relics like a mooring hook and a pistol.

Stan Gajda visited in 1981:
"The X-23 had a lot of stuff on the hull floor covered by 3' of sand and mud."

References - Werknummern 784
Dutch Institute for Naval History Do 24 X-1 passenger list
Thanks to Stan Gajda and Jan Willem Piers for additional information

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Last Updated
March 1, 2021


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