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In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
(Wilko)
† 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.

Van Berkel WA

In service with RNlNAS.

The first production machine was transferred to the RNlNAS in September 1919.
Twenty of the thirty-five aircraft were intended for use in the Netherlands East Indies and received the registrations W.1 to W20.

The planes to be used in the Netherlands were registered W51 to W65. The registrations were not parallel with the construction numbers.
Technical Support is also built five machines from components supplied, these were the records W66 to W70.

The technical service of the RNlNAS had built several complete fuselages, which needed just to be mounted an applied with a serial of the original aircraft. To avoid problems with the license rights, also a few parts of the original device were added.

From October 1924 all remaining aircraft in the Netherlands had their fuselages replaced with a fuselage made of tubular steel instead of wood.
These fuselages were built at the Naval Air Station De Kooy, also the losses were compensated.
The rudder was enlarged to improve some of the water manoeuvrability. Also, the engines were replaced by BMW III engine, the cooler on the wing leading edge was moved to the nose.
The wooden floats were replaced with aluminium ones.

Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-3) (1919-1933) in de haven
Van Berkel WA, W-3 taxiing in the harbour.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-5) (1919-1933) met kapotte drijver. Op de achtergrond een jager van de roofdierklasse en Hr.Ms. Serdang
Van Berkel WA, W-5 with defective float; here in dark grey paint scheme.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (1919-1933)
Van Berkel WA [at Beeldbank NIMH[
Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-5) (1919-1933) aan boord Hr.Ms. Pelikaan
Van Berkel WA, W-5 aboard Hr.Ms. Pelikaan
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-6) (1919-1933)
Van Berkel WA, W-6.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-20) (1919-1933) komt aan boord van Hr.Ms. Java
Van Berkel WA, W-20 being hoisted aboard Hr.Ms. Java
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-14) (1919-1933). Schietoefeningen op het eilandje Amsterdam Noord van Tj Priok
Van Berkel WA (W-14) during shooting exercises at the isle Amsterdam  near Tjandjong Priok,
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Bemanning van en belangstellenden uit Atapoepoe (Timor) voor de lichte verkenner op drijvers Van Berkel WA  W-8 (1920-1929)
Crew and some public from Atapoepoe (Timor) in front of Van Berkel WA W-8.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-12a) (1919-1933)
Van Berkel WA, W-12a.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-57) (1919-1933) met ZKH Prins Hendrik
Van Berkel WA, W57 with HRH Prince Hendrik.
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Note the orange ball as national marking.
Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-52) (1919-1933). In het Noord-Hollands kanaal
Van Berkel WA, W-52 in the so called Noord-Hollands kanaal.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-67) (1919-1933)
Van Berkel WA, W-67.
This is the Dutch version with a different, smaller radiator on the wing.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA,  W-60 (1919-1933)
Van Berkel WA, W-60.
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Note the dark grey scheme and the white serial.
Van Berkel WA lichte verkenningsvliegtuigen met drijvers (1919-1933) op het MVK de Mok
Van Berkel WA at naval air station De Mok.
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De Van Berkel WA W-59 (1919-1933) gecrasched in zee
Van Berkel WA, W-59 crashed in sea.
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Note the national markings on top of the wing.
Van Berkel WA lichte drijververkenner, regnr W 53 ( 1919-1933)
Van Berkel WA, W53 after being modified with new fuselage and new engine.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-51) (1919-1933). Een vette pit wordt verholpen door Beugeling
Van Berkel WA, W-51. Some engine trouble being repaired by Beugeling.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-53) (1919-1933) met mercedesmotor
Van Berkel WA, W-53 with Mercedes engine
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-66) (1919-1933) op de Mok
Van Berkel WA, W-66 at naval air station De Mok.
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Verkenningsvliegtuig Van Berkel WA (W-70) (1919-1933) landing nabij Hr.Ms. Jacob van Heemskerck
an Berkel WA, W-70 landed near Hr.Ms. Jacob van Heemskerck.
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