Dornier DO 24 - Finnmark
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I oktober 1944 angriper russerne Finnmark og tyskerne må steg for steg og ofte ukontrollert trekke seg tilbake sørover. I alt kaoset som oppstår mister tyskerne mye utstyr under sin tilbaketrekking. Foruten vrakene av en Curtis P40 og MRS-26 og en mengde med andre interessante vrak, kan man her se restene av en tysk Dornier Do 24 fra andre verdenskrig. Flyvraket hviler rett utenfor småbåthavna i Kirkenes, og dybden på flyet er nitten meter. Dessverre er sikten meget dårlig på dette stedet, men selve flyvraket er i god stand og kan by på et interessant dykk for de som ønsker noe annet et et tradisjonelt vrakdykk på skipsvrak...
After the first order for six Do-24K-1's by the MLD, the Dutch ministry of defense decided, because of the Japanese threats in the Indonesian archipelos, to change the order to 72 airplanes. The Dutch government however had one demand, that the aircraft were to be produced in The Netherlands under lincense. August 21st 1936 the neccesary contracts were signed. The lincense production rights were sold seperately and for every Do-24 build an extra som of money had to be paid to Dornier-Metallbauten G.m.b.H. The only two factory's that were capable of building all metal airplanes and that had the time and people were De Koninklijke Maatschappij 'De Schelde' in Vlissingen ('Flushing') and Maatschappij voor Vliegtuigbouw NV 'Aviolanda' in Papendrecht. Because the Dutch navy demanded at least 4 new planes per month and Aviolanda was not able to handle this quantity (yet) it was decided to include De Schelde in the production process, handing them the building of the complete wing (including engines and struts) and the fueltanks, while Aviolanda handled the remainder of the aircraft and the final assembly. The first order for the X-1 upto the X-6 , which were build by Dornier, started late 1937. The X-1 upto X-3 were transported directly to the Dutch East Indies and the remainder was first flown to Aviolanda to be euipped with Dutch requirements and to be flight-checked. The Dutch equipment concisted of the Gunturrets and the application of the Dutch insignia. During the flight from the Bodensee to Aviolanda the Do-24's were painted with the German registration D-AYWI .The first Do-24K-1 to arrive at Aviolanda was the X-4 on March 18th 1938. Only seven Do-24K-1's were delivered when the war broke out for The Netherlands on May 10th 1940. The Germans captured the Aviolanda factory intact and found over 13 Do-24K-2's in several stages of building. The stockrooms were filled with material for another 16 examples. for at least 11 planes there were Wright Cyclones available.
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