Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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No. 321 Squadron

KG852 'A' in flight. Picture Courtesy of Ron van Donkelaar.

Photo taken at Cocos Islands. KH299 'Z' in the center and two other unidentified 321 Sqn Libs and also the nose of a 321 Sqn Catalina on the far left. The Catalinas were used for rescue flights to accompany the B-24s when on strike mission. Interestingly, in the background a line up of dark coloured B-24s can be seen these are 356 Squadron Libs. Picture & Text Courtesy of Ron van Donkelaar.

Photo taken at Cocos Islands. In the foreground without the tail section shown is KH194 'V' (the aircraft in which my father flew) On the left, KH193 'Y'. In the background a line up of light coloured B-24s can be seen of unknown squadron. Also a P-47 Thunderbolt can be seen. Picture & Text Courtesy of Ron van Donkelaar.

Photo taken at China Bay air station. On the far right KG852 'A'. On the left most likely KH296 'J' and on the far left an unidentified 321 Sqn Liberator. In the center an RAF Bristol Beaufighter and Fairchild Argus can be seen. Picture & Text Courtesy of Ron van Donkelaar.

KH194

The picture is taken by my father personally at Kemajoran airfield, Batavia. Exact date unknown (possibly 16-9-1945). Shortly after the capitulation of Japan, KH194 was assigned to a food/medicine-package dropping mission with Kemajoran airfield as dropping target. The packages served as first aid for ex-internment camp prisoners who had freed themselves and taken over the airfield. The place was considered unsafe because of possible hostilities from the Japanese military. But when making the first pass over the airfield, a few Dutch B-25's (apparantly afterwards 18th Sqn.) could be seen parked on the airfield. The commander decided to land his aircraft as well and in consequence the crew would be the first of the people of 321 Squadron that had set foot on Dutch (colonial) soil again after the beginning of the war in Asia. My father was asked to take this picture in order to bring it back to Cocos as 'evidence'. The picture shows KH194 being unloaded by local people, Dutch and Japanese. The picture is taken with the onboard reconnaissance camera. That is why the picture is focussed on the background and fuzzy at the foreground. Picture & Text Courtesy of Ron van Donkelaar.