|Commander LTZ 2 KMR. H. P. Valk
1st Pilot SGTVLGR. H.T. Hasselo, 14293
2nd Pilot SGTVLGR. J. van Persie, 14319
Observer Mil. SGT.ZWNR H. Boslooper, 19914/D
Mechanic Sgt VLGTMKR. (M) S.J. Koens, 10988
Mechanic Sgt VLGTMKR. (M) Jan W. Piers, 7482
Radio Mil. MTR.-TEL. B. Belloni, 155518/D
Crew KPL.VLGTMKR. (M) G.J. Stuivenberg, 13105
Crew VLGTMKRSMT (M) J. Ruiter, 14162
Crew VLGTMKRSMT (M) H. Hoogendoorn, 14178
Passenger Mrs J. A. van Persie - van der Zande, brother J. and mother
Passenger Mrs Koens with son G. P. and daughter E. F.
Passenger Mrs C. G. E. Piers with sons Frans and Cor
Destroyed March 3, 1942
Built by Dornier Flugzeugwerke as a model V3. Werknummern 761. On July 2, 1937 first flight by Dornier pilot Erich Gundermann without any markings.
During flight testing in Germany, the tail was painted with a black hakenkruez swastika in a red band with a white circle on both tails with German registration D-ADLP in black lettering on both sides of the fuselage. On September 8, 1937 this aircraft underwent seagoing tests in the North Sea.
This flying boat was purchased by the Marine-Luchtvaartdienst (MLD), the first of eleven flying boats built for the Marineluchtvaartdienst (Netherlands Naval Aviation Service). Before shipment overseas, this aircraft was converted into a Do 24K-1 variant. Painted in MLD markings with serial number X-1 painted on both sides of the fuselage in large black letters.
On November 10, 1937 loaded as cargo aboard the vessel Kota Nopan and shipped from Hamburg to Morokrembangan in eastern Java. Reassembled at Morokrembangan Seaplane Base in eastern Java. During 1938, used at the flying school at Morokrembangan Seaplane Base near Soerabaja in eastern Java.
On January 30, 1942 assigned to squadron GVT 7 at Lake Grati near Soerabaja in Java to fly reconnaissance missions over the Savoe Sea along with Do 24 X-1, Do 24 X-24 and Do 24 X-36.
On February 7, 1942 assigned to GVT 7 based at Lake Grati near Soerabaja in Java to fly reconnaissance missions along with Do 24 X-1, Do 24 X-24 and Do 24 X-36.
On March 2, 1942 took off from Lake Grati overloaded with passengers and civilians evacuating to Australia and sucessfully landed on March 3, 1942 at approximately 8:30am at Roebuck Bay off Broome. This flying boat was unaware a Japanese air raid by six A6M2 Zeros was in progress and was strafed and destroyed roughly a mile from the coast.
King tides with a difference of 32' make the wreck accessible from shore at extreme low tides.
In 1982, the rear turret, aircraft tool kit and personal effects were
salvaged by Stan
Gajda and later donated to the Western Australia Aviation Museum (WAAM).
Stan Gajda adds:
"Although I did clear a section of the X-1 hull, in the center, the bow was there and one control column, but hard to spot. It is a real shame that my efforts to raise interest and funding to recover one of these wrecks and preserve it came to nothing."
In 2000, the Broome Allied War Memorial was unveiled in Broome with the names of those killed aboard Do 24 X-1.
Jan Willem Piers (grandchild)
"My grandfather, Jan W. Piers was an aviation engineer of the Marine Luchtvaartdienst which means something like Naval Aviation Service. He was stationed at Morokrembangan near Soerabaja on Java. My grandfather decided to take his wife (Cor Piers) and two of his three children (Cor Piers and Frans Piers) with him on his flight to Broome. The oldest son was not on board of the flying boat, because he was in the army, fighting against the Japanese troops. On arrival in Broome the X-1 was attacked by Japanese flyers and my grandmother and the two boys were killed. My grandfather buried them on the beach of Broome. Fragments of the shot-down flying boats were used to mark the places were people were buried. My father and grandfather survived the war, though with serious mental and physical damage."
Dornier24.com - Werknummern 761
Dutch Institute for Naval History Do 24 X-1 passenger list
Thanks to Stan Gajda and Jan Willem Piers for additional information
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January 5, 2018