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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.



The B.E.2, designed by Geoffrey de Havilland, was in fact identical to the BE.1 and just differed in the engine, 60 hp air cooled Renault V-8. Later a more powerful 70 hp Renault was installed. The Renault engine proofed to be more reliable than the water cooled Wolseley.

Other prototypes were the B.E.5 and B.E.6, which differed just in the installed engine. These aircraft were later equipped with the Renault engine and designated BE2.

The first version, BE2a was virtually identical to prototypes and also equipped with the Renault engine.

The Be2b differed just in a improved protection of the crew. At the beginning of the war three squadrons with BE2s were the first to be sent to France.

Just before the war broke out, the first BE.2C entered service and this type soon replaced the earlier versions of the squadrons in France. It was a more stable plane necessary for its task, reconnaissance.

It differed in the new wing, tail section, ailerons. Later the tail was enlarged. Later all production aircraft were equipped with a development of the Renault engine, a RAF 1A engine; the undercarriage was initially equipped with two skates, later it was replaced with a V-shaped construction.

The B.E.2d was a trainer with double steering en enlarged and revised fuel system.

The B.E.2e, released 1916, had new designed wings. Many BE2cs and BE.2ds on the production-lines were equipped with this new wing and received the designation B.E.2f and B.E.2g respectively.

In the end over 3500 examples were built.


  • B.E.1: Prototype, with water cooled Wolseley engine.
    • B.E.5: Prototype with a 60 hp ENV engine;
    • B.E.6: Prototype.
  • B.E.2a: First production version; Small number built in 1912;
  • B.E.2b: Differed from in higher sides of cockpits. Late examples had ailerons, revised undercarriage en engine cooling;
  • B.E.2c: Revised and improved version;
  • B.E.2d: Version with double steering and larger fuel tank;
  • B.E.2e: Definite version with new designed wings;
  • B.E.2f: B.E.2c with wings of B.E.2e;
  • B.E.2g: B.E.2d with wings of B.E.2e.


Technical information
Length: 8,3 m Wingspan: 11,2 m
Height: 3,5 m Wing area: - m2
Empty weight: 621 kg Max. start weight: 972 kg
Max. speed: 145 km/hr Climbing speed: - m/min
Cruising speed: - km/hr    
Range: 4 hours Service ceiling: 3050 m
Engine type: One Royal Aircraft Factory 1A rated 90 hp
Crew: Two men: one aviator plus one observer/air gunner
Armament: One moveable.303 inch (=7.7 mm) Lewis machine gun for the observer; 100 kg bombs


The first BE.2C, RFC serial 1754, landed March 10, 1915 near Biervliet. For unknown reasons (possible due to a long period of repair and overhaul ??) is received its serial after the crash of the second BE.2C.
The second BE.2C, serial 1677, landed June 5, 1915 near Axel and was interned as LA24. It crashed on May 24, 1917.

BE.2C 1754, geïnterneerd op 10 maart 1915. Later LA24 (II).
BE.2C 1754, interned march 10, 1915, became LA24 (II).
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R.A.F. B.E.2C LA24 (ex 1677) op Soesterberg, 1916.
R.A.F. B.E.2C LA24 (ex 1677) at Soesterberg, 1916.
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BE.2C LA24 in hangaar. Ex-1677.
BE.2C, ex 1677, Dutch serial LA24 in the hangar.
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BE.2C LA24. Ongeval 24 mei 1917. Elt.vl. C. Land, tlt.cav. H.J.G. Völcker.
BE.2C LA24 after a crash om May 24, 1917 
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Op vliegveld Soesterberg in 1915 met omach2 H. Steensma poseert voor een R.A.F. (Royal Aircraft Factory) BE-2 met registratie LA 24 (ex-RFC 1677), een tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog geïnterneerd Brits vliegtuig.
Mechanic  omach2 H. Steensma in front of a R.A.F. (Royal Aircraft Factory) BE-2, serial LA 24 (ex-RFC 1677), at Soesterberg.
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LTZ II H. Nieuwenhuis, (geb. te Amsterdam op 27 juni 1888, overleden te Amsterdam op 20 okt 1974). Kwam in 1915 bij de Afdeling Militaire Luchtvaart voor zijn vliegopleding te Soesterberg, waar hij nog in datzelfde jaar zijn FAI-brevet behaalde. Op de foto Nieuwenhuis, tijdens zijn vliegopleiding op Soesterberg, in een geïnterneerde Britse B.E. 2C, in 1915
RAF B.E. 2C, in 1915.
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R.A.F. B.E.2C roltoestel BE1 werd begin 1918 gekraakt. Vorige registraties 1754 (RFC) en LA24(2).
R.A.F. B.E.2C as taxying trainer BE1, cracked early 1918; Ex RFC 1754 (RFC) and ex LA24(2).
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Serial RFC serial Date in service Date out of service Notes
LA24 1677 05-06-1915    
LA24 1754 10-03-1915  24-05-1917  


1/72nd Scale


  • CMR
    • Kit CMR1021: A resin kit for a BE.2C Late
    • Kit CMR1020: A resin kit for a BE.2C early
  • Formaplane
    • Kit C19: a vacu formed kit
  • HR Models
    • Kit XX: A resin kit for a RAF Be2c Night Fighter

Modelling add-on

  • Aeroclub
    • Set E027: RAF 1a Cylinders and Exhaust (RAF Be2c)
    • Set P040: WW1 RAF 4A type 4 Bld Wood (Be2-12)


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1/48th Scale


  • Aeroclub
    • Set 444: RAF Be.2C
  • Falcon
    • Set 444: a vacu formed kit of a RAF Be.2C
  • Roden
    • Set 426: RAF BE2c Multi purpose two seat Aircraft

Modelling add-on

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Scheme Colour name FS-number BS-number Humbrol XtraColor Vallejo Model Color Vallejo Model Air
Standard #1 Overall Varnish Fieldgreen DS3     117 x116    
Varnish FieldBrown DS9     186   70.983 71.035

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



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