L-12/212 History Camouflage and Markings
Dutch Profile is one
of the different product ranges produced by Dutch Decals / Kits at War.
The History, Camouflage and Markings series cover an increasing range
of different aircraft used by the Netherlands. The Militaire Luchtvaart
- Koninklijke Nederlands Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL) or as it is in English,
The Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force ( I think), not only used
a number of different aircraft during WWII but they also had ties with
Australia in that they came here when they were defeated by the Japanese.
On arriving here they started to form their Air Force again using surviving
Aircraft and other Aircraft they could aquire eg B-25 Mitchell. They
served in a number of areas with the RAAF including places like Canberra.
This publication is 24 pages of Dutch text interspersed with 46 black
and white photos of the Lockheed L-12/212 in the service of the ML-KNIL/RNMFS/LSK/KLM.
The photos cover a range of the usual crew in front of the aircraft images
to detail photos of items like the bomb racks under the aircraft, the
upper gun position, flaps and the cockpit.
The text is all in Dutch with only one double sided card of english
interpretations included with the publication. The follow on publications
in the series have both Dutch and English translations but this one only
has Dutch. I have managed to work out that there is a section devoted
to the aircrafts servide in Australia as well as India.
The cover card is printed in colour and contains 17 side profiles of
this aircraft in a variety of colours and markings. The markings range
from those in the image below to American and the great carity of Dutch
markings including the orange triangle and the red/blue/white segmented
Even though this book does not concern Australia directly in that it
is all about Dutch use of the aircraft, it has numerous detail shots
of the aircraft itself and history of the Dutch experience in Australia
and other places. The lack of english text makes this publication more
suited to be used just as a photo reference but hopefully
in the future it will be re-released with Dutch/English text like the
follow on releases.
Publication courtesy of, and available from, Dutch