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Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

Beechcraft Model 17




Technical Information Beech D17S
Length: 8,18 m Wing span 9,75 m
Height: 2,44 m Wing area: 27,55 m2
Empty weight 1150 kg Max. start weight: 1930 kg
Max. speed: 341 km/hr Cruising speed: 325 km/hr
Range: 1078 km Ceiling:  
Engine type: One Pratt & Whitney R-985 AN-1 rated 450 pk
Crew: One
Armament: .



There is much confusion about this aircraft. It is often said that is was Beech constructionnumber 295. This is not possible, as this specific aircraft still exists, while the aircraft of HRH Prince Bernhard was completely destroyed in Januari 1945 during the bombing of airfieldEvere.
According to the aircraft of Prince Bernhard should be constructionnumber 420. [the site owner informed me that he received this information from the currrent owner of Beech 17, c/n 295]

Some facts about this aircraft c/n 420:

Ordered on May 29, 1940 and during 1941 the aircraft was finished and handed over to the NPC on September 20, 1941.
Soon afterwards being shipped to England and rebuilt at the De Havilland Repair Unit te Witney and finished at the end of November 1941.
Early 1942 it was given to HRH Prince Bernhard who used it to travel toe the Dutch squadrons and for diplomic missions for the Duthc government.


De Beechcraft 17 'Staggerwing', door ZKH Prins Bernhard (1911-2004) gebruikt in Engeland tijdens WO II
The Beechcraft 17 'Staggerwing', used by HRH Prince Bernhard in England during WW II
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ZKH Prins Bernhard (1911-2004) bezoekt Sqn. 320 op Bircham Newton Airbase, UK. Op de achtergrond de Beechcraft 17 'Staggerwing', door de prins gebruikt in Engeland tijdens WO II.
ZKH prince Bernhard visiting Sqn. 320 op Bircham Newton Airbase, UK.
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Prins Bernhard arriveert met een Beechcraft 17 Traveller (bijgenaamd Staggerwing) op het vliegveld van Bircham Newton in Engeland, voor een inspectie en het uitreiking van onderscheidingen, 1942. Naast hem (r) de commandant van het vliegveld
Prince Bernhard arrived with his Beechcraft 17 Traveller at the airbase Bircham Newton.
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Beechcraft 17 Traveller.
Beechcraft 17 Traveller, PB1.
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Voor een gebombardeerde hangar staan twee militairen te kijken naar lhet wrak van een uitgebrand vliegtuig dat voor de hangar ligt. Een derde militair bekijkt de schade aan een vliegtuigmotor met propeller. Op de achtergrond staan en lopen nog andere militairen die de schade van het bombardement opnemen.
In front of a bombed hangar two soldiers are loooking at the remains of an burned aircraft.
A third one is looking at the damaged engine.
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At the bakc of this photo is writting wiht a pencil: "PB. Evere 1 jan 45; The last of my Beechcraft after the German surprise attack; prince Bernhard. HG blz 108 2/3 van boven".


SerialConstruction nr.Date in serviceDate out of serviceNotes
PB1 420 22-09-1941 01-01-1945 Destroyed during bombing of airfield Evere


1/72nd Scale


Modelling add-on

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1/48th Scale


  • ESCI
    • Kit 404103: Beech G17S Staggerwing
  • Roden
    • Kit 442: Beechcraft UC43 Staggerwing
    • Kit 446: Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing (Civil)
    • Kit 447: Beechcraft GB2 Staggerwing-Traveller MKII
    • Kit 448: Beechcraft SD17S Staggerwing Floats (Civil)

Modelling add-on

  • Eduard
    • Set FE593: Detailset UC42/C18 Staggerwing Interior Self Adhesive


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The aircraft was sprayed in a RAF scheme, most probably with the US equivalents .

Information about the scheme used is welcome. Please let me know via my contact page.

SchemeColour nameFS numberBS numberHumbrolXtraColorVallejo Model ColorVallejo Model AirHataka
RAF Standard #1Upper surfaces Dark Green   BS:641 163 X001 70.862 71.324 ~143
Dark Earth   BS:450 29 X002 70.874 71.324 ~206
Undersides Yellow ~3538   154 X106 70.853 71.078 ~066

Check for an extensive conversion table with lots of colour and paint systems.




Zestig jaar Marineluchtvaartdienst in Beeld Hugo Hooftman pag. 81 1977 Europese Bibliotheek, Zaltbommel
Nieuwsbrief nummer 66, juli 1998: Prins Bernhard's Staggerwing Nico Geldhof & Gerard Casius pag. 23 - 24 1998 St. Vrienden v.h. Mil. Plaats: Soesterberg
Nieuwsbrief nummer 65 april 1998: De "Staggerwing" PB1 van prins Bernhard Nico Geldhof Pag. 12 - 20 1998 St. Vrienden v.h. Mil. Plaats: Soesterberg