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Fokker T.VIII-W * Retired *
Five T.VIII W/G1 ordered 23 September 1938 (R-1 to R-5) and nineteen T.VIII W/G2 ordered 1 January 1939 (R-6 to R-24). Total of 24 ordered. Delivered 25 April 1939 - 28 July 1939 and 10 May 1940 - 12 May 1940. Only 6 of second batch actually delivered (making a total of 11 aircraft) due to German invasion. Torpedo-bomber reconnaissance floatplane. Eight escaped to UK on 14 May 1940, and used to form 320 sqn RAF on 1 June 1940.
Twelve T.VIII W/M version ordered 1 February 1940 for use in NEI. Serials R-25 to R-36 allocated but not used. Captured by Germans before any completed. Total ordered was 36. Two further aircraft, under construction for Finland as FW-160 and FW-161, were taken over by the MLD as R-37 (c/n 5636) and R-37 (c/n 5637) respectively, but were not completed before capture by the Germans.
One example (R-25?) escaped from the Netherlands to the UK on 6 May 1941. This aircraft was then used for covert flights into occupied Europe, before being struck off charge.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
R-1 5582   25 Apr 1939 Crashed in Suffolk 28 Nov 1940, to AV958
R-2 5583   5 May 1939 Destroyed near Rozenburg 10 May 1940
R-3 5584   16 May 1939 to RAF AV959, soc in UK Sept 1940
R-4 5585   28 July 1939 Burnt at Scheveningen 10 May 1940
R-5 5586   28 July 1939 Shot down by mistake 13 Sept 1939
R-6 5636   10 May 1940 to RAF AV960, soc in UK 28 Nov 1940
R-7 5639   10 May 1940 to RAF AV961, soc in UK 28 Nov 1940
R-8 5640   12 May 1940 to RAF AV962, soc in UK Sept 1940
R-9 5641   10 May 1940 to RAF AV963, accident in Irish Sea 26 Sept 1940
R-10 5642   12 May 1940 to RAF AV964, accident in Irish Sea 26 July 1940
R-11 5643   May 1940 to RAF AV965, soc in UK 28 Nov 1940

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