Cat 4.  MLD (Dutch Naval Flying Service)

Translated from Dutch by Ronald van Voorst (lees Nederlandse versie hier....)

From 1947-1953:

B-25C/D: probably 28 bought to obtain 16 operational planes.

Part of these came from No.320 Squadron that was operational already in England during the war

(these had English roundels and often small Dutch orange triangle markings). These were lend-lease planes.

The airplanes were used after the Second World War to re-build the MLD. They should have been returned to the USAF, but this did not happen with many of them.

After major maintenance in England, the first planes, from which the armament was initially removed, came to The Netherlands in 1947. They were operated by the OSRD (emergency and rescue services) and were used for various training activities. From 1949, also other activities were dealt with by no. 320 Squadron.

From 1950, after maintenance at Avio-Diepen, the ventral gun turret was removed. A single machine gun was installed in the nose and two in the dorsal turret. These Mitchells (now with registration B-xx and with a new colour scheme), flew from May 1951 with no. VSQ-5 Squadron and from March 1952 with no. VSQ-8 Squadron. Most were used until the begin of the 1950’s.

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B-25C had no rear gun position. This aircraft is registred  "A-21" but on the aircraft "I  21" is seen.  Photo: former Defensie voorlichtings-Centrum / Ministerie van Defensie (used with permission)


Photo Selection from the Dutch "Beeldbank NIMH" of Dutch Department of Defense that may be useful for modellers. (made available by the NIMH through links) :

Gun position is well seen here of the  A-18 . Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)


Registrations and codes: Ops England (no.320 squadron 1943-1945)

 See also Table OPS RAF ............... 


Registrations and codes: Ops England and later MLD (320 squadron)
Registratie Constructienummer
USAF no. tweede regi MLD derde regi MLD Datum in dienst Datum uit dienst Opmerkingen
FR-160  NA 94-12754 42-32346   A-11 april 1944 sept 1949 B-25C-10-NA; werd mid 1947 "A-11"; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-163  NA 94-12757 42-32349   A-12 jan  1945 sept 1949 B-25C-10-NA; werd mid 1947 "A-12"; gesloopt eind 1949
FR-167  NA 94-12761 42-32353 R-3 M-3 , B-3 mei 1944 14-04-1954 B-25C-10-NA; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.;
FR-168  NA 93-12621 42-32513 R-1 M-1 , B-1 april 1943 26-03-1954 B-25C-15-NA; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.; 1952 bij VSQ-8; uit dienst maart 1954
FR-169  NA 93-12622 42-32514 B-4 A-13  juni 1943 15-08-1951 B-25C-15-NA; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.;
FR-170  NA 93-12623 42-32515   A-14 mei 1943 30-01-1950 B-25C-15-NA; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.;
?  NA 96-16568 42-64689 B-5 M-5, A-15 juni 1943 06-10-1953 B-25C-20-NA; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.; juli 1945 regi A-15; maart 1951 regi B-5;
FR-175  NA 96-16570 42-64691   A-16 november 1943 sept 1949 B-25C-20-NA; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-188  NA 100-23845 42-87262   A-23 maart 1944   B-25D-25-NC; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.; mid 1947 als A-23; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-193  NA 87-8957 41-30792 B-6 M-6,  A-17 maart 1944  mid 1954 B-25D-20-NC; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.; later in Museum Overloon
FR-194  NA 87-8959 41-30794 B-7 M-7 , A-18   1944 ?? aug 1951 B-25D-20-NC;
FR-195  NA 87-8960 41-30795 B-8 M-8 , A-19  juni 1944  mei 1952 B-25D-20-NC; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.;
FR-196  NA 87-8961 41-30796   A-21 juni 1944 21-07-1948 B-25D-20-NC; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.; crash Stonehaven Schotland.
FR-197  NA 87-8962     A-20 juli 1947 ? sept 1949 B-25D-20-NC; juli 1947 bij MLD; werd A-20; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-199  NA 100-23844 42-87261 B-9 M-9, A-22 juni 1944 mid 1954 B-25D-25-NC ; delen in TH Delft, later in Aviodrome.
FR-206  NA 100-23988 42-87405 R-2 M-2 , B-2 maart 1944 17-10-1953 B-25D-25-NC; maart 1944 by no.320 squadron U.K;

  References and sources:  [B16] MLD.70  , [B5] Luchtv.kennis 1995-6 en 1996-1 ,

Also check out the tables of ML-KNIL etc in the other B-25 articles.

 

The content in Dutch was first published Summer 2004 by M. de Vreeze; translated by Ronald van Voorst September 2017


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