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  • HrMs VALK at Ambon January 1942

    Tom Womack's The Dutch Naval Air Force Against Japan, mentions on p. 91 that HrMs VALK, acting as a seaplane tender for the MLD, supported GVT 17 at Ambon for a time in early-mid January 1942. I'd like to get more detail on her work there.

    For example, when did she arrive? Depart? Is her logbook in the archives somewhere? Did it even survive the war?

    Cheers, Lou
    Louis Dorny, Commander, U. S. Navy (ret.)
    Seattle, Washington, USA - NPO21@msn.com -

  • #2
    More info wanted

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    • #3
      Hello Lou,

      Gss Valk (Gouvernements stoomschip) Valk lay at Ambon Roads on 12 January 1942, when an American gunboat arrived. It doesn't say when the Valk arrived. On the 13th, Japanese bombers and Zero fighters appeared at great altitude. The Valk attacked the planes with her 12.7mm machineguns -to no effect-, the American ship also took part in the fighting. From a nearby airfield two Brewster Buffalo fighterplanes took of, but they were shot down by the Japanese.

      To counteract the lack of anti-aircraft defenses on board the Valk (she only had two 7,5cm guns and 2 12.7mm machineguns), she had fake-machineguns made of wood mounted on deck. These 'guns' produced 'gunsmoke' through steamtubes that led to the engineroom.

      On 14 January, Gss Valk left Ambon roads for Surabaya.

      Source: J.J.A. Wijn, 'Tot in de verste uithoeken...'. De cruciale rol van de Gouvernements Marine bij het vestigen van de Pax Neerlandica in de Indische Arcipel 1815-1962 (Amsterdam, 199, p. 76-78

      Untill the beginning of March, 1942, the ship is on escort duty. On 3 March, she's damaged during an airattack on Tjijatlap harbour. Two day's later, the crew scuttles the ship. She's raised by the Japanese and renamed '104' in the beginning of 1944. On 24 August 1945, the ship strucks a mine in Strait Shimonoseki and sinks.

      Changes are very slim that her logs have survived the war. If they did, they should rest with the Dutch National Archives in The Hague (http://www.nationaalarchief.nl).

      Best regards, Leon.
      Daily flogging will continue until the crew's morale improves...!

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      • #4
        This is the wrong Valk, The 1942 Valk was built as a so called opium hunter and had a different outline. The plane appaears to be a Fokker CXI/w floatplane. I think it unlikely these were at Ambon as they were shipborne scouts. It is more likely that the aircraft at Ambon were Catalina or Dornier

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          "boissevain" wrote: This is the wrong Valk, The 1942 Valk was built as a so called opium hunter and had a different outline. The plane appaears to be a Fokker CXI/w floatplane. I think it unlikely these were at Ambon as they were shipborne scouts. It is more likely that the aircraft at Ambon were Catalina or Dornier
          You're probably right. I think the depicted ship is the sloop (schroefstoomschip 4e klasse) Valk (1908?-1930?). GVT-17 consisted of 3 Catalina's (http://www.geocities.com/dutcheastindies/Dutch_OOB.html).

          Leon.
          Daily flogging will continue until the crew's morale improves...!

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          • #6
            I include apicture of Arend en Valk, more information on http://www.netherlandsnavy.nl/ a

            Boissevain
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            arend.jpg

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