Strength of 122 Squadron
By Roel Bazuin- 2 minutes read - 245 words
Planes and crew
January 1947, the squadron had 17 P-51s, of which 65% were ready to fly, a Lockheed L-12 for transport and 11 pilots.
In April 1947 the staff had 11 officers, 32 petty officers and 76 corporals and men. About half of what was needed.
In July 1947 the squadron had 9 P-51 aircraft of which 4 were ready to fly, the Lockheed L-12 and 10 pilots.
17 Squadron VARWA has 2 of the 3 Piper Cups ready with 7 pilots.
The lack of technical personnel and components were the main reasons for the low flight strength. This situation remained so until the end of 1947, although the number of P51 pilots dropped to 7.
In the last quarter of 1947 they had 8 KNIL and 2 KL officers, 36 KNIL and 6 KL petty officers and 58 KNIL and 32 KL corporals and men. A total of 102 KNIL and 39 KL.
In 1947 7 VARWA aircraft (C-Patrol) were on Polonia. The staff of 17VARWA was also stationed here.
In 1948, 83 people were available, later supplemented with 4 citizens.
Shortly before the start of the 2nd police action in November, Captain Deibel stepped down and Captain Benjamins became commander of the squadron.
At the beginning of this year the flying strength consisted of 10 P-51’s with a readiness percentage of 57% and 8 pilots. The total workforce at this time 116 people, including 37 KL-ers and 3 civilians.