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Aircraft History
Built by Sikorsky. Purchased by Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KNILM) Royal Dutch Indies Airways during 1941. Registered as PK-AFT. This flying boat entered service in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Wartime History
On December 22, 1941 while moored on Lake Tondano Seaplane Base (MVK Kalkas) near Kalkas (Kakas) on northeastern Sulawesi (Celebes), strafed by six A6M2 Zeros from the 3rd Kokutai 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. On the ground, six were killed and seventeen were wounded. One, Sgt Evers died of his wounds on January 4, 1942.

Some sources incorrectly state this aircraft was an Sikorsky S-42 Clipper or S-42B Clipper
Network54 - Pacific War 1941-1945 - S43B February 17 2008

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019


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