Nederlandse Modelbouw en Luchtvaartsite

Dutch Modelling and Aviation

In Memoriam

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.

Brewster B.339 Buffalo

The Dutch East Indies Brewster B-339C, a land version of the Brewster F2A-2 Buffalo, was fitted with a Wright Cyclone G-105A engine rated 1100 hp. Of this engine still 31 examples were available from stocks, originally destined for the Dutch Dornier Do-24K . Twentyfour aircraft, designated B-339C were equipped with these engines.

Furthermore 54 (second hand) Wright Cyclone G-205A engines rated 1200 hp were obtained. These ex TWA engines were overhauled by the Wright factory. These engines were used for the remainder of the Brewster B-339s, which were designated as B-339D.


In February 1941 an additional series of twenty examples, referred to as B 339-23, was ordered. These were largely equivalent tothe F2A-3 version of the US Navy and were slightly longer and slightly heavier. For this order twentytwo Ex KLM Wright Cyclone R-1820-G2 engines were purchased. These were overhauled by the factory and put tp  standard G5B and produced 1000 hp each.

Because the performance was considerably less, these series was initially intended for the training of fighter pilots.

Because of difficulties in the supply of components, these series was not delivered to the NEtherlands East Indies and taken over by the RAAF and USAAF.

These machines would receive registrations between B3-167 and B3-186.


Cockpit van een Brewster Buffalo, éénmotorig jachtvliegtuig van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL).
Cockpit of a Dutch Brewster Buffalo.
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Drie officieren staan op een vliegveld rondom een Brewster Buffalo van het ML-KNIL terwijl de piloot via de linkervleugel in de cockpit van het vliegtuig klimt.
Three offiocers standing near a NEIAF Brewster Buffalo while the fighter pilot climbs into the aircraft.
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Brewster Buffalo jachtvliegtuig (ML-KNIL), registratie B-3119, op een vliegveld. Voor het vliegtuig staat vermoedelijk een brandblusser.
Brewster Buffalo fighter of NEIAF, serial  B-3119.
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Linksachteraanzicht van een Brewster Buffalo éénmotorig jachtvliegtuig van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL) op het gras. Constructienummer NX3180 op het vertikale staartvlak, registratie B-396. Onder de linkervleugel hangt naar alle waarschijnlijkheid een oefenbom van 50 kg.
Brewster Buffalo of NEIAF at the Brewster Factory. Cicvil serial NX3180 on the tail.
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Brewster Buffalo jachtvliegtuig van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL) in stijgvlucht,  B-3119.
BGrewster Buffalo B-3119 of NEIAF. [atp Beeldbank NIMH]
Een Brewster B-339-23 op een vliegveld in de Verenigde Staten, klaar voor verscheping naar Australië.
Brewster B-339-23, B3-186 at an US airfield, awaiting delivery.
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