Cat 6.  Ops RAF/ RN

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

320 Squadron England: FR-141 through FR-207 (except 152, 153, 154, 171, 172, 187, 197, 203)

B-25C: FR-141 through FR-179 (except 152, 153, 154, 171, 172)

B-25D: FR-180 through FR-207 (except 187, 197, 203)

B-25J: various ?

 

The Dutch no. 320 Squadron had already been operational in England using amongst others the Lockheed Hudson. From September 1943 the B-25 Mitchell was used in English camouflage pattern. Training started in March 1943 from the English base of Methwold. End-March saw a move to Attlebridge and end-August to Lasham. From here, bombardment sorties were carried out to occupied France. February 1944 saw a move to Dunsfold with operation alignment to the 2nd Tactical Air Force.

Prior to the Normandy invasion, operations were carried out along the coast like near Calais. Operations deeper inland resulted in heavy losses caused by the German Flak.

In October 1944 the unit moved to the liberated airfield of Melsbroek/Zaventem in Belgium. From here regular operation followed above the still occupied Netherlands. A final move was made in March-April 1945 to Achmer in Germany (near Osnabruck).

In total 67 airplanes have belonged to no.320 Squadron, of which 58 have been actually operational. 3200 missions were carried out by the squadron. At the end of the war, 28 planes remained. These were transferred to England when the no.320 Squadron was disbanded in August 1945.

In March 1946 the MLD no.320 Squadron started a new life on Valkenburg airfield with 16 Mitchells that had been used from England.

 

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Somehere in England?  Photo: Defensie voorlichtings-Centrum / Ministerie van Defensie (used with permission)

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Artikel from Flight magazine issue August 19, 1945  [W7]  showing a Dutch operated B-25 with small triangle at no.2 group (probably no.320 Squadron). Collectie  M.de Vreeze  (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) :

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

B-25C? Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

B-25C ? Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

B-25C Mitchell (1943-1945) of VSQ 320 in England. Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

"F157". Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

'Ouwe Jongens' scheme B-25C 'B of Dutch Sqn 320 MLD, in England during the War. Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

Photo: Beeldbank NIMH (linked with permission)

  

Registrations and codes: Ops England and later (no.320 squadron and later by MLD)
Registratie Constr.no USAF no. tweede regi MLD derde regi MLD Datum in dienst Datum uit dienst Opmerkingen
FR-141             B-25C
FR-142             B-25C
FR-143             B-25C
FR-144             B-25C
FR-145             B-25C
FR-146             B-25C
FR-147             B-25C
FR-148             B-25C
FR-149             B-25C
FR-150             B-25C
FR-151             B-25C ; restant richtingsroer op Valkenburg
FR-155             B-25C
FR-156             B-25C
FR-157             B-25C
FR-158             B-25C
FR-159             B-25C
FR-160  NA 94-12754 42-32346   A-11 april 1944 sept 1949 B-25C-10-NA; na de oorlog naar Nederland; werd mid 1947 "A-11"; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-161             B-25C
FR-162             B-25C
FR-163  NA 94-12757 42-32349   A-12 jan  1945 sept 1949 B-25C-10-NA; na de oorlog naar Nederland; werd mid 1947 "A-12"; gesloopt eind 1949
FR-164             B-25C
FR-165             B-25C
FR-166             B-25C
FR-167             B-25C
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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland;
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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland; 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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland;
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 de oorlog naar Nederland;
?  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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland en juli 1945 regi A-15; maart 1951 regi B-5;
FR-173             B-25C
FR-174             B-25C
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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-176             B-25C
FR-177             B-25C
FR-178             B-25C
FR-179             B-25C
FR-180             B-25D .
FR-181             B-25D
FR-182             B-25D
FR-183             B-25D
FR-184             B-25D
FR-185             B-25D
FR-186             B-25D
FR-188  NA 100-23845 42-87262   A-23 maart 1944   B-25D-25-NC; begon bij no. 320 squadron in U.K.; na de oorlog naar Nederland; mid 1947 als A-23; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-189             B-25D
FR-190             B-25D
FR-191             B-25D
FR-192             B-25D
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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland; 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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland;
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.; na de oorlog naar Nederland; 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; na de oorlog naar Nederland; gesloopt eind 1949, formeel afgeschreven 30-01-1950
FR-198             B-25D
FR-199  NA 100-23844 42-87261 B-9 M-9, A-22 juni 1944 mid 1954 B-25D-25-NC; na de oorlog naar Nederland; delen in TH Delft, later in Aviodrome.
FR-200             B-25D
FR-201             B-25D
FR-202             B-25D
FR-203             B-25D
FR-204             B-25D
FR-205             B-25D
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; na de oorlog naar Nederland;
FR-207             B-25D

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

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

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