Dutch Spitfires in the NEI

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Hi all, can anyone direct me to any work/photos of the Dutch use of Spitfires in the east indies post War? I know they were there just doesn't seem to be much info about.

Cheers

Nick

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Hi Nick,

In this book: "Dutch Spitfires" by Harry van der Meer and The Melchers ISBN 90 6471 217 4, you will find some information.

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Actually there were two books:
- Dutch Spitfires part 1, by Harry van der Meer
- Dutch Spitfires part 2: A Technical Study, by Harry van der Meer & Theo Melchers
The ISBN number above is for the second volume which is the large format book with lots of photos. The first part is a small volume which mainly lists all the relevant numbers and dates. I don't know if the first volume has a ISBN number, it may have been privately published. If there's anything specific you're after then give a shout and I'll see if I can locate mine in the basement.

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Dutch Spitfires

Actually there were two books:
- Dutch Spitfires part 1, by Harry van der Meer
- Dutch Spitfires part 2: A Technical Study, by Harry van der Meer & Theo Melchers
The ISBN number above is for the second volume which is the large format book with lots of photos. The first part is a small volume which mainly lists all the relevant numbers and dates. I don't know if the first volume has a ISBN number, it may have been privately published. If there's anything specific you're after then give a shout and I'll see if I can locate mine in the basement.

Hi Archer

I am after enough info to model a couple, I believe the Dutch had T.9s as well as F.9s, so stuff like period photos & a little history of use etc,

Cheers for the replies folks

Nick

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If you want to model the NEI ones, then the two-seaters won't be an option as they never left Holland. I'd say you need to get a copy of the second volume as mentioned above as that offers all you need. I'll see if I can find mine and scan something for you but I won't be able to scan the entire book.

I did a quick google and volume 1 is available through abebooks: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&tn=Dutch+Spitfires&x=55&y=16

There are images of both books halfway down this page: http://www.strijdbewijs.nl/boeken/spitfire.htm
It lists a lot of Spitfire books (explanation in Dutch, you could try a google translation) including one about the 'Indonesian Spitfires' (by Nico Geldhof/Luuk Boerman) just below the Dutch Spitfires volumes. I don't know this book myself but since its newer it could be easier to find.