Curtiss Commando was born as a design for a 36-seat commercial airliner with a pressurized cabin, designated the "CW-20". Development began in 1936 with the Curtiss design team, led by George W. Page. The CW-20 was planned as a larger, more reliable and more powerful competitor to the Douglas DC-3, which was just entering service at the time.
On April 17, 1940, the Dutch signed an order for twenty-four Curtiss-Wrights CW-21Bs for $ 1,747,905. What did they actually buy for the planes? What was their service in the Dutch Air Force? Did they intervene in the fighting? Who did they fight against? The following article will try to answer these questions.
The first Japanese raid on Java occurred on February 2, 1942. The Curtiss-Wrights remained on the ground that day. They first flew against the enemy the next day, February 3, 1942. The Japanese attacked seventy Mitsubishi G3M Nell bombers from Takao Kókútai, Kanoya Kókútai and 3. Kókútai, whose air cover was provided by forty-four fighters Mitsubishi A6M Reisen (Zero) from Tainan Kókúi. Kókútai.
Combat activity of František Peřina 10 - 12 May 1940 at GC I / 5, when he became the first Czechoslovak fighter ace in World War II.