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Netherlands' Fokker T.V bomber


The Fokker T.V was designed in the mid 1930s as a luchtkruiser (heavy battle plane).1 It was to perform as a long range fighter.1 This eventually changed to be a medium bomber.1


The engines consumed a lot of oil.1 During 1938 - 1939 negotiations were held to replace the Pegasus engines with Dornier Do 215s.1


There was no prototype as the T.V was ordered straight from the designs.1 The first production model flew for the first time on October 16, 1937.1


The first eleven produced entered the Luchtvaartfdeling in 1938.1 The next five were delivered in early 1939.1

  • Fokker T.V: 161


Nine Fokker T.Vs equipped the Luchtvaartfdeling's (LVA) only bomber squadron that was available when Germany attacked on May 10, 1940.1 All were destroyed during the Five Day War.1

The first T.V was lost when it tried to take off and was bombed by the Germans at Schiphol Airport.1 Others were lost the same day, and there were only five left by day two.1 These were used to bomb German forces.1 By day four there was only one left.1

Last Mission

The last T.V left on a mission to bomb two road and rail bridges being escorted by two Fokker G.I fighters.1 They managed to get to the first target undetected, but the bomb that scored a direct hit failed to explode.1 The three were attacked by nine Bf 109s and destroyed.1


  Fokker T.V1
Type Medium bomber1
Crew 51
Engine (Type) 2: Bristol Pegasus XXVI1
Cylinders Radial 91
Net HP 925 each1
Propeller blades 3 each1
Span 68' 10.75"1
21 m1
Length 52' 6"1
16 m1
Height 13' 9"1
4.19 m1
Wing area  
Empty 10,251 lb1
4,650 kg1
Loaded 15,983 lb1
7,250 kg1
Maximum load 16,865 lb1
7,650 kg1
Speed @ 9,515' /
2,900 m
259 mph1
417 kph1
Cruising speed 193 - 208 mph1
310 - 335 kph1
Climb to 6,560' /
2,000 m
4.9 minutes1
Climb to 9,840' /
3,000 m
7.2 minutes1
Service ceiling 28,050'1
8,550 m1
Range 963 miles1
1,550 km1
Nose 1: 20 mm1
Dorsal 1: 7.9 mm MG1
Ventral 1: 7.9 mm MG1
Sides 2: 7.9 mm MG1
Tail 1: 7.9 mm MG1
Bombs 2,205 lb1
1,000 kg1


  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
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