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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.

Fokker A.1 (M.8)


The Fokker M.8 was designed just before World War I as a two seat scout. It had not flown yet when orders were made because of the outbreak of the war. Production start just after war has started. The first order was for more than forty aircraft. because of lack of production capacity this was a problem.
The first M.8 was delivers in October 1914. In December 1914 ten aircraft were operational. In June 1915 fifteen aircraft of this type were operational. At that time this time was withdrawn from front and used as training aircraft.

Because Fokker was not able to produce enough aircraft, so at the Halberstadt Flugzeugwerke Gmbh. a series of Fokkers M.8 were built under license. These aircraft were designated Halberstadt F.14; the German army designated these aircraft as Halberstadt A.II.
The fuselage of the Halberstadt version was of a wooden construction, whereas the Fokker machines had a fuselage of welded steel tube, covered with linen.
Further no wind screens were applied and a small hole in the sides of the fuselage was made, whereas the Fokker machines had a stirrup made from steel tube.

Compared with the former M.5L, which was still in production, the M.8 was a larger aircraft. Wing span was enlarged and the wings were broader. Fuselage was about 40 % broader. The fuel tank was situated between the engine and the pilot, a second tank was just behind the cockpit.
One of the general German demands was that aircraft must be simply to dismantle. This was because the aircraft were transported by train to the front.


Technical information
Length: 7,01 m Wingspan: 9,57 m
Height: 2,75 m Wing area: - m2
Empty weight: - kg Max. start weight: -  kg
Max. speed: 135 km/hr Climbing speed: - m/min
Cruising speed: - km/hr    
Range: - km Service ceiling: - m
Engine type: One Oberursel Ur-I rated 80 hp
Crew: one
Armament:  -


One example of this aircraft, a Fokker A.I (M.8) A20/16, which was in use at the (German) Fokker flying school, registered S.20, landed September 8, 1916 near Roosteren. Being revised, it made it first flight in Dutch service on September 21, 1916, registered LA-34.

February 22, 1917 it was bought for RM 10.000,-  .

March 24, 1917 it was heavily damaged at Air base Soesterberg by lt. Duinker.


Fokker A (M.8) A20/16, WNr. 97, op Soesterberg. Geïnterneerd 8 sept.1916 te Roosteren. Later reg. LA34.
Fokker A (M.8) A20/16, WNr. 97 with German markings, at Soesterberg.
[Enclosed photo from BeeldBank NIMH. Click on photo for ordering information]
Fokker A (M.8) LA34, op Soesterberg.
Fokker A (M.8) LA34 with Dutch markings, at Soesterberg.
[Enclosed photo from BeeldBank NIMH. Click on photo for ordering information]
Fokker A (M.8) LA34, op Soesterberg. Ongeval in de start op 24 maart 1917. Elt.vl. J.C.G. Duinker (in de cockpit). Met oranje bollen.
Fokker A (M.8) LA34 after an take off accident on March 24,, 1917 with Elt.vl. J.C.G. Duinker (in the cockpit).
[Enclosed photo from BeeldBank NIMH. Click on photo for ordering information]
Fokker A (M.8) LA34, op Soesterberg. Detail motor.
Fokker A (M.8) LA34, at Soesterberg.
[Enclosed photo from BeeldBank NIMH. Click on photo for ordering information]


Serial Werknr. Bestell nr. Date in service Date out of service Notes
LA34 97 20/16 08-09-1916 24-03-1917  


Scale 1/72

The Revell model of the Fokker E.III can be converted to a Fokker M.8. Length and wing span are the same, the wing area is of the M.8 is larger and also the height of the M.8 is larger than that of the Fokker E.III (Fokker M.14).

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A model of a Fokker M.8, built by Peter Banis.

Fokker M8 PBanis 1 Fokker M8 PBanis 2 Fokker M8 PBanis 3 Fokker M8 PBanis 4 Fokker M8 PBanis 5 Fokker M8 PBanis 6 Fokker M8 PBanis 7


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Scheme Colour name FS number BS-number Humbrol XtraColor Vallejo Model Color Vallejo Model Air
Standard #1 Fuselage Wood            
Wings etc. Clear doped Linen     121 X005 70.819 71.028

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

Kleurenschema Fokker M.8 LVA
Fokker M.8 LVA.



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Fokker, Bouwer aan de wereldluchtvaart Thijs Postma Pag. 28 1979 Uitgever: Unieboek b.v., Houten
KLu Vliegtuigen: De vliegtuigen van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht vanaf 1913 Wim Schoenmaker & Thijs Postma Pag. 15 1987 Uitgeverij De Alk, Alkmaar
Aircraft Archive Aircraft of World War One; Volume 1.   Pag. 73 - 76 1989 Uitgever: Argus Books, Hempsted
Air Enthusiast no.80 The Historical Aviation Journal: Unexpected Windfalls Bart van der Klaauw Pag. 54 - 59 1999 Uitgever: Key Publishing, Stamford
Camouflage en Kentekens J.Greuter e.a.   1997 Bonneville – Bergen (NH)
Fokker, The creative years A.R. Weyl pag. 81-92 1965 Putnam - London