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Klaas Willem Jonker
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† 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.

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Friday, 22 November 2019 11:26

Sopwith 1½ Strutter

The first Sopwith 1½ Strutter, with RNAS serial 9396 "A2" landed August 25, 1916 near Schoondijke and was interned as LA33.
A second aircraft also from the RNAS, with serial 9420, made an emergency landing on September 17, 1916 near Westkapelle and was interned as LA38.

A third examples, again from the RNAS with serial 9376 was grounded near Oostburg and entered Dutch service as LA42. Noteworthy is that this was the first production Strutter.

A fourth example with RNAS serial N5154 "Firefly" landed May 12, 1917 near Cadzand. This aircraft was equipped with a radio-receiver and transmitter. It was interned as LA34 [this serial was previously used by the Fokker A1, which was withdrawn from use].

The fifth and last 1½ Strutter was a French aircraft, built by Hanriot. This aircraft with serial 115, landed on July 7, 1917 near Beringen and entered service as LA45. It was a single seat plane. It had a Swan on the fuselage and inscription "Je t'sens bien".

Sopwith Hanriot I B.1 (1½Strutter) LA45, rechts voor. Ex 115 Armée de l' Air, december 1917 reg. S701. Achter het toestel staat een Fokker D.III met oranje bollen.
Sopwith Hanriot I B.1 (1½Strutter) LA45.
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Sopwith Hanriot I B.1 (1½Strutter) LA45. Ex 115 Armée de l' Air, december 1917. Op de achtergrond een Albatros C.X.
Sopwith-Hanriot I B.1 (1½ Strutter) LA45.
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Sopwith Hanriot I B.1 (1½ Strutter) LA45. Detail of the cockpit, machine gun on the upper wings and (opened) inspection panels in the fuselage.
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Sopwith 1½ Strutter van de LVA Soesterberg, op bezoek MVK de Kooy 1919. Was een geïnterneerd vliegtuig
Sopwith 1½ Strutter visiting Naval air station De Kooy in 1919.
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Sopwith 1½ Strutter van de LVA Soesterberg, op bezoek MVK de Kooy 1919. Was een geïnterneerd vliegtuig
Sopwith 1½ Strutter, S24 from the LVA Soesterberg on loan at naval air station De Kooy in 1919.
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Sopwith 1½Strutter met registratienummer LA33. Registratienummer RNAS was 9396. Mitrailleur op de bovenvleugel, meteoinstrumenten rechts onder de bovenvleugel.
Sopwith 1½Strutter, serial LA33, ex RNAS 9396. Note he machine-gun mounted on the wing and the meteorological instruments at the right of the upper wing.
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Sopwith 1½Strutter met registratienummer LA33. Registratienummer RNAS was 9396. Mitrailleur op de bovenvleugel, meteoinstrumenten rechts onder de bovenvleugel.
Sopwith 1½Strutter serial LA33. 
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Sopwith 1½Strutter LA42. Ex 9376 van de RNAS, in december 1917 met registratie S412. Rechts een Sopwith Hanriot LA45.
Sopwith 1½Strutter LA42. Ex RNAS 9376 December 1917, now registered S412. At the right the Sopwith Hanriot LA45.
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