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  1. Catch22

    Catch22 Well-Known Member

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    My brother purchased the Revell 1/72 Dornier Do 24 yesterday and found that Australia operated 5(?) of them during the war. We actually have some Aussie decals that came with my brother's Monogram Mossie, so it's well within his abilities to do one. He hasn't picked a scheme, but wanted to know what colours to use on the Aussie bird. There's no rush as he has to finish his Heinkel He 219 Uhu before he can start, but I thought I'd ask now to give him some time. Thanks!

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  2. Heinz

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    Hi Catch,

    We used them after the East Indies fell.
    Some info:


    " A49 Dornier DO-24K
    Built by Aviolanda in Holland for the Dutch East Indies Naval Air Force, six survivors of some 30 original aircraft escaped to Australia early in 1942 and five were immediately impressed into RAAF service as A49-1 to 5. These aircraft were in poor condition when received, but served in the transport role with No 41 Squadron, flying cargo into Goodenough Island, Milne Bay and Port Moresby.

    Two of them later served with No 8 Communications Unit in the search and rescue role. The sixth machine escaped to Perth from a Japanese bombing raid on Broome and served the Dutch Intelligence Agency on clandestine flights to New Guinea until handed over to become A49-6 in RAAF colours in October 1943.

    All aircraft were withdrawn from service and scrapped in November 1944"

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    Heres one profile I found
     
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    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

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    Nice image Heinz. Thanks for the info on the plane.
     
  4. Catch22

    Catch22 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Heinz! I had a picture up, but it seems to be kaputt.
     
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    Hi Catch, definately one of the more interesting a/c operated by the RAAF. here are some pics.
     

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    Wow what an interesting story! 8)
     
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    Thanks guys! I'm also wondering if anybody knows what exact paints my brother should use for this beast.
     
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    Great shots Wildcat!

    Im not actually sure about the paint Catch.
     
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    Well bugger me! I didn't even know we used them?

    So!.. learned something new today!!:D
     
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    Just found some info on what became of each flying boat;

    Aircraft Serial

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    Fate

    A49-1
    765
    X-5
    Ex NEI. These aircraft were in poor condition when received, but served in the transport role with 41 Squadron, flying cargo into Goodenough Island, Milne Bay and Port Moresby. 1944 entered service with Communications Unit No.8 for search and rescue missions. December 20th 1944 taken out of service and scrapped at Lake Boga due to lack of parts.

    A49-2
    767
    X-7
    Ex NEI. These aircraft were in poor condition when received, but served in the transport role with 41 Squadron, flying cargo into Goodenough Island, Milne Bay and Port Moresby. Probably got scrapped in 1944 at Lake Boga due to lack of parts.

    A49-3
    768
    X-8
    Ex NEI. These aircraft were in poor condition when received, but served in the transport role with 41 Squadron, flying cargo into Goodenough Island, Milne Bay and Port Moresby. June 4th 1942 made her first flight for the RAAF after a long overhaul. Crew were Squadron leader Monkton, Sergeant Emes, Sergeant McKnight, Sergeant Canny, Corporal Aubin and Lance corporal During. The flight lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes. May 14th 1944 transferred to Lake Boga and stored at the Flying Boat Repair Depot. December 20th 1944 taken out of service and scrapped at Lake Boga due to lack of parts.

    A49-4
    769
    X-9
    Ex NEI. These aircraft were in poor condition when received, but served in the transport role with 41 Squadron, flying cargo into Goodenough Island, Milne Bay and Port Moresby. Coded DQ-G. May 14th 1944 transferred to Lake Boga and stored at the Flying Boat Repair Depot. December 20th 1944 taken out of service and scrapped at Lake Boga due to lack of parts.

    A49-5
    770
    X-10
    Ex NEI. These aircraft were in poor condition when received, but served in the transport role with 41 Squadron, flying cargo into Goodenough Island, Milne Bay and Port Moresby. Coded DQ-H, 12/06/43. March 11th 1944 caught fire at Port Darwin due to a short-circuit and was destroyed.

    A49-6
    785
    X-24
    Ex NEI. Escaped to Perth from a Japanese bombing raid on Broome and served the Dutch Intelligence Agency on clandestine flights to New Guinea until handed over to become A49-6 in RAAF colours in October, 1943. May 14th 1944 put into storage at No.1 Flyingboat Repair Depot at Lake Boga. December 20th 1944 scrapped at Lake Boga due to lack of parts
     
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    Interesting stuff Alex!
     
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    "RAAF camouflage and markings vol 1" by Geoffrey Pentland states that A49-4 DQ-G of 41 sqn, was painted extra dark sea grey, dark ocean blue and sky blue undersides. HTH.
     
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    I knew you'd have the answer Wildcat :)

    I wanna build one now.
     
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    Sounds like you Aussies were as bad as the Brits in scrapping everything - are there even any Do 24's left?

    I know there are no Whirlwinds or Hornets left, and there is a restored Hampden now only because we fished one out from 60 feet of water in Canada!
     
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    Yeah there are still one or two in European museums I believe,.
     
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    Coo stuff Wildcat!:D
     
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