Jan, as you describe it Benny (instead of Hesham’s Berny) went from Spain to the Netherlands East Indies, then back to Spain to work at Koolhoven in Nevers (France).
Or did he work at Koolhoven in Nevers, then escaped to Spain from where he went to the Netherlands East Indies. To me its seems to be a more likely course of events and possibly dates it to early 1940, when the Germans invaded France.
This then raises the question about a Koolhoven branch in Nevers. Unfortunately I am away from my home library for some time and cannot check this in Wesselink’s Koolhoven book. So if anybody has further information on that Koolhoven branch, please inform us further
I have two sources that mention a Koolhoven assembly operation on the premises of a factory for agricultural machinery in Nevèrs, France:
- 'Koolhoven - Nederlandse vliegtuigbouwer in de schaduw van Fokker' by Theo Wesselink and Thijs Postma, Unieboek, 1981
- 'Frits Koolhoven en zijn vliegtuigproduktie' by Dik Top, Repro-Holland, 1996
Both sources mention 23 partially assembled F.K.58s that were shipped to Nevèrs for final assembly, a few of these were completed. Dirk Top mentions the engineer Van de Wetering as manager for the French Koolhoven plant.
I think the first book is the one Jos Heyman is referring to. Writer Dik Top of the second book received enough assistance from Jan den den Das for Jan to be specifically mentioned as cooperator on the title page of the book. Well done, Jan.
Berny/Benny Konings is not mentioned in either book. As Jos already mentioned, both 'Berny' and 'Benny' are abbreviations for Bernard in Dutch. 'Benny' is the one more commonly used, but I personally know of one Bernard who goes by the name Berny.