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Van Berkel WA * Retired *
35 aircraft (licence-built versions of Hansa Brandenburg W-12 biplane), delivered October 1919 to July 1920. Serials W-51 to W-65 to Europe, W-1 to W-21C to NEI. 5 more assembled in Europe from spares in 1924, serialled W-66 to W-70. Total of 40 aircraft obtained. Initially used as floatplane fighter, but from 1923 used as advanced/observer trainer, all withdrawn 1933.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
W-1 2   Oct 1919 soc 1924
W-2 4   Oct 1919 soc 16 Aug 1928
W-3 5   Nov 1919 soc 1924
W-4 6   Nov 1919 soc 1932
W-5 7   Nov 1919 soc 1929
W-6 3   Nov 1919 soc 1929
W-7     1920 soc 1929
W-8     1920 soc 1929
W-9     1920 soc 1932
W-10     1920 soc 1924
W-11     1920 soc 1922
W-12     1920 soc 1932
W-12A     1920 soc 1929
W-14     1920 soc 1929
W-15     1921 soc 1924
W-16     1921 Crashed Java Sea 2 June 1927
W-17     1921 soc 1932
W-18     1921 soc 1932
W-19     1921 soc 1922
W-20     1921 soc 1929
W-21C     1923 soc 1929, composite airframe built with parts from W-11 and W-19
W-51 8   1 Dec 1919 soc 1933
W-52 9   11 Dec 1919 soc 1933
W-53 10   16 Dec 1919 soc 1933
W-54 11   18 Dec 1919 Accident in the Loosdrechtse Plassen 2 Sept 1930
W-55 12   29 Dec 1919 soc 1933
W-56 13   Jan 1920 soc 1933
W-57 1   Jan 1920 Accident near Den Helder 28 Nov 1924
W-58     1920 soc 1933
W-59     1920 soc 1933
W-60     1920 soc 1933
W-61     1920 soc 1933
W-62     1920 soc 1933
W-63     1920 soc 1933
W-64     1920 soc 1933
W-65     1920 soc 1933
W-66     1924 soc 1933
W-67     1924 soc 1933
W-68     1924 soc 1933
W-69     1924 soc 1933
W-70     1924 soc 1933

References:

  • 70 Jaar Marineluchtvaartdienst by N. Geldhof (1987)
  • Air Britain Digest Summer 1995


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