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No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron Royal Air Force



   No. Dutch 320 squadron RAF was based in the UK whilst the Netherlands were occupied.

Airfields at which No. 320 Squadron were based:

  • Leuchars


 

28th Oct 1943 320 Squadron in action  On the 28th Oct 1943 the target for 320 Squadron was shipping at Cherbourg. Bombs fell on the Colonial Artillery barracks and the power station.

28th Oct 1943 320 Squadron in action


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Those known to have served with

No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Sgt Carolus Ludovicus "Charles" van Heugten 320 Sqd. (d.22nd Nov 1942)

Carlus Ludovicus van Heugten was my wife's uncle. He was from a family of military pilots. His brother Fons was a military pilot in The Netherlands before the war and emigrated to Australia afterwards. His brother Willem, my father in law, got his training in the Netherlands in 1923 at 17 year of age from the first military instructor here, Versteegh. He later on moved to former East Indies (now Indonesia) to serve with the N.I. Navy Airforce. At the Japanese attack he moved to Australia via Broome and from there to the USA to join as flight instructor the Royal Netherlands Military Flying School in Jackson, Mississippi. He ended his carreer as airline pilot with KLM.

Jan Kamp



Willem Hijkoop 320 Sqd. (d.10th Aug 1941)

I am trying to trace any relatives of Willem Hijkoop, 30 and Anton-Marie Ten Herkel, 22 both Dutch Pilots who died 10-08-1941 flying Lockheed Hudson, on low level training, and crashed in Fife. They are buried in Leuchars Cemetery. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Gordon K Ball



Anton-Marie Ten Herkel 320 Sqd. (d.10th Aug 1941)

I am trying to trace any relatives of Willem Hijkoop, 30 and Anton-Marie Ten Herkel, 22 both Dutch Pilots who died 10-08-1941 flying Lockheed Hudson, on low level training, and crashed in Fife. They are buried in Leuchars Cemetery. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Gordon K Ball



LAC John Bennett Crawford

I have, in my possession, a letter from The Director of Netherlands Air Force Colonel I. A. Alen. It states: "On behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, I wish to convey my warm appreciation to John B Crawford for the services rendered to Nr. 320 (Dutch) Squadron during the World War 1939-1945. There is no doubt that the magnitude of your effort has contributed very greatly to the part played by this squadron in the liberation of the Netherlands. You have helped in a great cause and assisted in the establishment of true understanding and fellowship between our two nations. The Director of the Netherlands."

The cover letter which came with it states, "I take this opportunity of congratulating you on this award, for it is one very sparingly given. It is unfortunate that, as you are no longer serving, it is not possible for the Certificate to be presented to you on a muster parade, in accordance with the customs of the Service. Group Captain Beaulah" We never knew about the existence of this letter until 4 weeks ago. If anybody can help explain about this, please do.

Editor's Note: Serving as an LAC Jackie Crawford would have been ground crew, from this letter and certificate, it can be presumed he was serving with 320 Squadron and had been demobbed before the certificate was issued. 320 Squadron was a Dutch squadron of the Royal Air Force, consisting of members of the Royal Netherlands Air Force flying from Britain as Holland was under German occupation.

Sandra Mourhess



Sgt. Matthus "Mike" Loos Matroos 320 Sqd.

On the 30th of May 1942, Mike Loos was shot down and ditched in the North Sea. His pilot Schaper was captured and sent to POW Stalag Luft 3, he was liberated in April 1945.

Hudson AM686 'Cheribon' of 320 squadron, Ditched in the sea off Terschelling Island. The crew were picked up by a Flak-ship and taken POW:

  • Off.vl. 1e kl. H. SCHAPER
  • Sgt.vl. A.C. DEN BOER
  • Sgt.tel. A.J.I. LENSING
  • Matroos 1e kl. M. LOOS

John Loos



Sgt. Jan Van_Dijken 320 Squadron

My Grandfather Jan Van Dijken was part of the 320 Squadron and in WW2 and was one of the three surviving casualties bombed down in the air raid 25 October 943 in Brest. He had been rescued by a French fishing boat but captured by the Germans as they reached the shore. It was 2 years until my grandmother (British), Beatrice Helen Van Dijken (Sullivan) was aware he had been alive in a German camp - in Colditz Castle, Liepzig, Germany. My uncle Jan (Jnr)Van Dijken was born at 2.30pm (first child born) on the day his father had been bombed and captured by the Germans. Sgt Henry Jean Boots (Dutch) 320 B Sqd (d 15/2/1944) also served in this squadron and was the best man at my Grandfather's wedding to Beatrice on 29/12/1941.

I am working through my family tree and trying to obtain any information, photos or links regarding the above important people and event in our lives.

Melissa Van Rennes



R. A. VanDenBron No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.29th March 1943)

On 29th March 1943 there was a collison mid-air between two training-aircraft (Air Gunnery School) At Morpeth.

Crew Members were:

  • R.A. Van Den Bron - KIA
  • A.W. Van Egmond - KIA
  • D.J. Kooij - KIA
  • B.E. Van Opdprp - KIA
  • F. Van Westenbrugge - KIA

All were buried at Morpeth Churchyard in Northumberland.

sflynn



F/O Hendrik Jan VanDerBerg No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.27th  January 1943)

On 27th January 1943 the Hudson EW919 of 320 squadron was lost on a mission off the Dutch Coast.

Crew Members were:

  • F/O Hendrik Jan Van Der Berg - Missing in Action
  • Sgt. Christiaan Lodewijk Kost - Missing in Action
  • Sgt. Tonnis Jakob Gast - Missing in Action
  • Cpl. Jopy Henky Cloesmeijer - Missing in Action

sflynn



Cpl. Robert John VanWoerkom No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.26th October 1942)

On 26th October 1942 a Hudson N7302 320 squadron waslost on a training flight. It was on fire and fell into the Irish Sea.

Cpl. Robert John Van Woerkom - Missing in Action

The rest of the crew were safe and were rescued.

sflynn



J. H. Stork No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.15th May 1942)

on 15th May 1942 a Hudson 'Malang' of 320 Squadron was lost on patrol nr. Skagerrak.

The crew were:

  • Off. J.H. Stork - Missing In Action
  • W/O J.H. Mulder - Missing in Action
  • A.L. Sens - Missing in Action
  • E. De Weerd - Missing in Action

sflynn



Sgt. Arnold Lambert Marie VanDenBroek No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.29th May 1942)

On 29th May 1942 a Hudson V9122 'Wageningen' of 320 Squadron was hit by flak and exploded mid-air nr. Terschelling Island.

The crew were:

  • Sgt. A.L.M. Van Den Broek - Missing in Action
  • Maj. Pieter Buynink - Missing in Action
  • Lac Hiddo Lukas Emmens - Missing in Action
  • Lac Marius Versluis - Missing in Action

sflynn



Off. Heije Schaper No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On the 29th May 1942 a Hudson AM686 'Cheribon' of 320 squadron ditched at sea off Terschelling Island.

The crew were:

  • Off. Heije Schaper - POW in Stalag Luft III
  • Sgt. A.C. Den Boer - POW
  • Sgt. A.J.I. Lensing - POW
  • M. Loos - POW

The crew was picked up by a Flak-ship

sblynn



F/Lt. Cornelis Johannes VanDerGraaff No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.26 June 1942)

On 26th June 1942 a Hudson T9435 'Balikpapan' of 320 squadron was lost on 1,000 bomber raid to Bremen

The crew were:

  • F/Lt. Cornelis Johannes Van Der Graaff - Killed in Action, buried at Hamburg-Ohldorf
  • Lt. Willem Mattijsen - Killed in Action, buried at Hamburg-Ohldorf
  • Cpl. Johannes But - Killed in Action, Buried at Loenen
  • Ac1 Johan Berend Bolte - Killed in Action, Buried at Hamburg-Ohldorf

sflynn



P/O Jan Dirk Dolman No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.2 December 1941)

On 2nd December 1941 a Hudson V9036 'Makassar' of 320 Squadron was lost off the Norwegian Coast.

The crew were:

  • P/O Jan Dirk Dolman - Killed in Action and buried at Oslo-Gravlund, Norway
  • Cpl. Hendrikus Wilhelmus De Lijn - Killed in Action and buried at Oslo-Gravlund, Norway
  • Sgt. Klasinus Van Tongerem - Killed in Action and buried at Oslo-Gravlund, Norway
  • Ac1 Antoon Bom - Killed in Action and buried at Oslo-Gravlund, Norway

sflynn



W. G.J. Jansen Holland No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.8th April 1942)

On 8th April 1942 a Hudson V8981 'Soerabaia' of 320 Squadron was lost Lost on a shipping-attack nr. Dutch Coast.

The crew were:

  • Sgt. W.G.J. Jansen - Missing in Action
  • Sgt. H.A.P. Vos - Missing in Action
  • Cpl. K. Van Klaveren - Missing in Action
  • B. Koehl - Missing in Action

sflynn



Sgt. Christiaan Anthon Eppe VanOtterloo No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.23rd November 1941)

On 23rd November 1941 Van Otterloo piloted the Hudson T9396 'Vliegende Hollander' of 320 squadron. He was mortally wounded by 20 mm granate.

W.A. Van Rossum flew plane back and landed safely at Wick (N. Scotland).

Van Otterloo buried at Leuchars

sflynn



F/Lt. H. C. Prager No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.30th August 1941)

On 30th August 1941 a Hudson T9336 'Moesi' of 320 squadron was lost during convoy patrol off Norwegian Coast

The crew were:

  • F/Lt Henri Carlo Prager - Missing in Action
  • F/O Jacobus Weber - Missing in Action
  • P.J.C. Van Der Linden - Missing in Action
  • Ac2 Krijn Van Os - Missing in Action

sflynn



Lt. S. Hendriks No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

on 30th August 1941 a Hudson T9380 'Waalhaven' of 320 Squadron was lost Lost during convoy patrol off Norwegian Coast.

The crew were:

  • Lt. S. Hendriks = Missing in Action
  • Sgt. J.P.J. Bielfeldt - Missing in Action
  • Cpl. Hendrikus Johannes Moll - Missing in Action
  • A.A. Recourt - Missing in Action
  • AC2 Romke Smidt - Missing in Action

sflynn



P/O W. Bakker No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 30th August 1941 a Hudson V9063 'Islawreker' of 320 Squadron was lost during convoy patrol off Norwegian Coast.

The crew were:

  • P/O W. Bakker - taken prisoner
  • C/P C. Van Huystee - taken prisoner
  • F/Lt. Klaas Deen - Missing in Action
  • W/O E.H. Chateau - Missing in Action
  • Sgt. Hubertus Johannes Heeren - Missing in Action

sflynn



P/O Carel Arnold "Ad" Langelaar No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.18th August 1941)

On 18th August 1941 a Hudson T9413 'Ockenburg' of 320 Squadron was lost during patrol off Norwegian Coast nr. Stavanger.

The crew were:

  • P/O/ C.A. Langelaar - Missing in Action
  • C/P J.P. Frowein - Missing in Action
  • N/O/ J. Peetoom - Missing in Action
  • W/O J.G. Uljee - Missing in Action
  • Stkr. F.A. Van Der Hurk - Missing in Action

sflynn



Sgt. A. M. Ten No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.10th July 1941)

A Hudson N7396 of 320 Squadron was lost during training flight over England.

The crew were:

  • A.M. Ten Kerkel - Killed and buried at Leuchars
  • Sgt. W. Hijkoop - Killed and buried at Leuchars

sflynn



Off. H.C. Prager No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 8th March 1941 the Hudson T9356 'Brantas' of 320 Squadron crash landed at Carew Cheriton. The crew were:

  • Off. H.C. Prager - OK not wounded
  • Off. F. Overeijnder - wounded
  • Cpl. J. Zuurveld - wounded
  • A. Van Mastbergen - wounded
  • H. Jongman - OK not wounded

sflynn



F/O Edward Martaré No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.26th July 1940)

F/O Martaré was killed in action flying a Fokker T.VIII.W serial R-10 (1st Escadrille)FTR from sortie. The aircraft dived into sea from low altitude at 12:15 hrs (GMT).

He is buried in Pembroke.

The crew was:

  • Off. J.C. Den Hollander - Missing in Action
  • Major A. De Knegt - Missing in Action
  • Cpl. J. Ras - Killed in action and buried in Pembroke

sflynn



P/O Johannes Arnoldus Ludovicus Schevenhoven No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.26th August 1940)

Fokker T.VIII.W serial AV963/R-9 320 Sq was lost during convoy patrol over the Irish Sea.

The crew were:

  • P/O J.A.L. Schevenhoven - Missing in Action
  • Sgt. H.G.A. Akkers - Missing in Action
  • L.J. Scholman - Missing in Action

sflynn



Lt. M.R. VanKooy No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.25th February 1941)

Hudson T9364 'Ypenburg' of 320 Squadron crashed immediately after t/o from Carew Cheriton.

The crew were:

  • Lt. M.R. Van Kooy - Killed and buried at Carew Pembrokeshire
  • Sgt. J. Brugman - survived
  • Sgt. J. Michels - Killed buried at Carew, Pembrokeshire
  • Stoker F. Overdijk - Killed, buried at Carew, Pembrokeshire
  • Cpl. C.J.I. Rademaker - Killed, buried at Carew, Pembrokeshire

sflynn



Sgt. Henri John Boots No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.15th February 1944)

On 15th February 1944 a training flight Mitchell FL194 crashed at Gawcott, Buckingham Road, 2 miles SW of Buckingham, England.

Crew members were:

  • Sgt. H.J. Boots - KIA
  • Cpl. Jan George Egter van Wissekerke - KIA
  • P/O Henri Joseph Pierre Jansen - KIA

All their graves at Botley Cemetery, North Hinksey (Oxfs)

S Flynn



H. J. Voorspuy No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 18th March 1944 the RAF irccraft, a Mitchell FR177 of 320 squadron, was hit by flak near Abbeville, France. It ditched into the sea at 13:14 hrs (GMT) at 50'21N - 00'45E.

Crew Members were:

  • H.J. Voorspuy
  • Sgt. J. Vink
  • Cpl. K.F. Van Nouhuys
  • Cpl. M. Engelsma

All saved by ASR Walrus.

S Flynn



W. C. Dobson No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.8th June 1944)

On 8th June 1944 a RAF air craft, a Mitchell FR150 of 320 squadron, during a night flight, collided with FR182 at 00:35 hrs (GMT) shortly after take-off, and crashed near Horsham (UK)

Crew Members were:

  • Off. W.C. Dobson - KIA
  • Off. J. Meester - KIA
  • Sgt. J.H. Van Hagen - KIA

All buried at 13th June 1944 at Brookwood American Cemetery (3 mls N. of Guildford).

sflynn



J. A. Ijselstein http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._320_(Dutch)_Squad (d.8th June 1944)

On 8th June 1944 a RAF air craft, a Mitchell FR182 of 320 squadron, collided with FR150 during night flight at 00:35 hrs (GMT) shortly after take-off and crashed nr. Horsham.

Crew Members were:

  • J.A. Ijselstein - KIA
  • G. Mulder - KIA
  • Sgt. P. Engels - KIA
  • Sgt. Th.P. Mensingh - KIA

All buried at 13.6.1944 at Brookwood American Cemetery (3 mls N. of Guildford).

S Flynn



Lt. H. L. Hamilton No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.8th June 1944)

On 8th June 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR179 of 320 Squadron FTR from night mission to Vire (France)

Crew Members were:

  • Lt. H.L. Hamilton - MIA
  • Off. W. Badings - MIA
  • Sgt.I. Posthumus - MIA
  • Sgt. T.M. Kuypers - MIA

All have a memorial stone at Orry-la-Ville (Senlis) France with their names on.

S Flynn



Lt. D. Brand No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 12th June 1944 a RAF air craft, a Mitchell FR149 of 320 squadron, crashed at 20:35hrs (GMT) near St. Laurent, France.

Crew members were:

  • Lt. D. Brand - POW
  • Off. W.C. Van Haaften - POW
  • Sgt. C. Smit - POW
  • Sqd/Ldr. Pieter Robert Marie Van Der Heijden - POW

S Flynn



Gerrit VanDerWolf No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 12th June 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR191 of 320 squadron, ditched in the sea at 21:02 hrs (GMT). All were rescued by a torpedo boat.

Crew members were:

  • Off. Gerrit Van Der Wolf
  • F/O Jan Willem Arriens
  • Cpl. A.J. De Haan
  • Sgt. T. Van Dijk

S Flynn



Johannes Charles Sillevis No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.12th June 1944)

On the night of 12/13th June 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR205 of 320 squadron failed to return from night operations against Lisieux Railroad yard in France.

Crew Members were:

  • Off. J. Charles Sillevis - MIA - born 09-04-1913, Rotterdam
  • 1st Lt. Harrold Huijskens - MIA - born 12-07-1917, Amersfoort
  • 2nd Lt. Johannes Van Der Land - MIA - born 21-11-1915, Amsterdam
  • Sgt. George Louis Rudolph Van Leeuwen - MIA - born 30-04-1919, Medicine Hat
  • Sgt. A.W. Klaassen - MIA - born 09-03-1917, Breskens

S Flynn



Flt/Lt. Cornelis Joan Den Tex Bondt No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.20th June 1944)

On 20th June 1944 a RAF aircraft, a Mitchell FR151 of 320 squadron, crashed near Grand Parc, France

Crew members were:

  • Flt/lt. Cornelis Joan Den Tex Bondt - KIA
  • F/O Herman Lüschen - KIA
  • Cpl. Leendert Den Hollander - KIA
  • Cpl. Johannes Hendrik Velleman - KIA

All were buried at Orry-la-Ville

S Flynn



F/O Alphonso Julius Loohuizen No.320(Dutch)Squad (d.24th June 1944)

On 24th June 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR204 NO-S of 320 squadron, was hit by flak in one engine and crashed into the sea 4 miles off the French coast.

Crew members were:

  • F/O Alphonso Julius Loohuizen - KIA - buried in Grebbeberg 8-9
  • F/O Joost Sluis- KIA - buried in Enkhuizen F8-10
  • Sgt Julius Alphons Michel Andries Hielckert - KIA - buried in Grebbeberg 8-10
  • Cpl Henri Johann Keppler - KIA - Buried in Grebbeberg 8-11

S Flynn



F/O George Alexander VanLeeuwen No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.26th July 1944)

On 26th July 1944 a RAF aircraft, a Mitchell FR185 NO-Z of 320 squadron, was hit by flak at 20:03 hrs (GMT) and crashed south of Dreux, France.

Crew Members were:

  • F/O George Alexander Van Leeuwen - KIA -grave Grebbeberg 8-24
  • Sgt Felix Hendrik Bloemgarten - KIA - grave Grebbeberg 8-25
  • Sgt Bernard Dirk Meijer - KIA - grave Grebbeberg 8-26
  • Cpl Wilhelmus Hubertus Willems - KIA - grave Grebbeberg 8-27/ul>

S Flynn



Martinus Jan Stenvert No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.29th July 1944)

On 29th July 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR158 NO-W of 320 Squadron, took off from Dunsfold at 00:31 hours (GMT) during night operation FTR to attack the stronghold on River Laize, France.

Crew members were:

  • Martinus Jan Stenvert - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-28
  • Jolle Maurits Pieter Clay - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-29
  • Sgt. F.E. Van Middelkoop - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-31
  • Cpl. Jacobus Antonius Franciscus Brouwers - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-30

S Flynn



Van Den Burg No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 9th August 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR143 NO-S of 320 squadron, ditched at sea at 11:44 hrs (GMT)

Crew Members were:

  • Van Den Burg
  • C.A.G. Pieters - WIA
  • Sgt. Wams
  • Sgt. Hoffman

All were saved by ASR Walrus

S Flynn



F/O Folkert Bouma No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.19th August 1944)

on 19th August 1944 a RAF aircraft, a Mitchell FW258 NO-C of 320 squadron. FTR from night operation to Falaise Gap. Aircraft t/o 23:05 hrs (GMT)

Crew members were:

  • F/O Folkert Bouma - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-20
  • Sgt. Hugo Jan Hadiwidjojo Seelig - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-21
  • Cpl Wilhelmus Antonius Henricus Melissen - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-23
  • Cpl Rudolf Langendam - KIA - buried at Grebbeberg 8-22 - born 31-03-1924, Amsterdam

S Flynn



Flt/Sgt. V. L. Holleman DFM No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 19th November 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR167 NO-V of 320 squadron, was full hit by flak near Venlo. Sgt.V.L. Holleman managed to fly the plane back to Melsbroek and made a belly-landing. Crew OK.

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Sgt. V. L. Hamelink No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 19th November 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FR167 NO-V of 320 squadron, was full hit by flak near Venlo. Sgt.V.L. Holleman managed to fly the plane back to Melsbroek and made a belly-landing. Crew OK.

S Flynn



P/O E. J. Wils No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF

On 29th December 1944 a RAF plane, a Mitchell FV928 of 320 Squadron, was hit by flak and crashed 10 miles south of Liège in Belgium.

Crew members were:

  • P/OE.J. Wils - bailed out safely
  • A. Hissink - bailed out safely
  • Sgt. Dekker - bailed out safely
  • Sgt. J. Jillings - KIA - buried at Amersfoort-Rusthof

sflynn



Lt. J. H. Muntinga No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.13th January 1945)

During a flight of an RAF Mitchell FW227 NO-P of 320 Squadron, a bomb exploded on board at 14:29 hrs (GMT)in mid-air over target Manderfeldt and crashed.

Crew members were:

  • Lt. J.H. Muntinga - KIA - grave at Amersfoort-Rusthof
  • F/O G.F. Mertens (from Belgium) - KIA
  • Cpl.P.H. Peetoom - KIA - grave at Amersfoort-Rusthof
  • Cpl. P.J.E. Van Dam - KIA - grave at Amersfoort-Rusthof

sflynn



Pilot C. A. Bastianen No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.13th January 1945)

Mitchell FR181 NO-R air craft of 320 Squadron was thrown aside by explosion of FW227 and went down in flames nr. Target Manderfeldt.

Crew members were:

  • Pilot C.A. Bastianen - KIA - grave at Haarlem-St.Barbara
  • Naval Off. L.Th. Limbosch - KIA - grave at Grebbeberg 9-10
  • Sgt. E.C. Van Harselaar - KIA - grave at Amersfoort-Rusthof
  • Cpl. J. Van Driel - KIA - grave at Loenen D15

sflynn



J. H. Maas Squadron 320 (Dutch)

On 9th February 1945 a Mitchell FR165 NO-K of 320 squadron, had a nose-tail collision with FW212 in climbing through a cloud-layer soon after take off from Melsbroek, and crashed near Tirlemont, Belgium. The target was Geldern.

Crew members were:

  • P/O J.H. Maas - bailed out and was safe
  • Nav. G. Claassen - bailed out and was safe
  • Sgt. D.H.J. Born (British) - KIA - grave grave at British War Cemetery at Leopoldsburg (Belgium)
  • Sgt. H. Harsevoort - MIA - memorial stone at Loenen

sflynn



W/O Donald Philip Glyn Miller 320 Squadron (Dutch) (d.16th February 1945)

A Mitchell FR145 NO-P of 320 squadron, was hit by flak. Pilot Moore landed the plane at Eindhoven

Crew members were:

  • W/O Miller - KIA - He was killed on Mitchell II, FR145, Coded P when the a/c was hit by Flak at Weeze. The aircraft survived, damaged, but he did not. At the time they were based at Melsbroek (one of a group of airfields NE of Brussels)
  • P/O Moore - WIA - pilot Moore landed plane at Eindhoven

Both airmen were British.

sflynn



Sgt. Henry Swinnerton 320 Squadron (Dutch) (d.28th March 1945)

A Mitchell HD392 NO-A of 320 squadron was hit by flak but returned safely to Melsbroek. Crew survived, except for Sgt. Swinnerton (A British member of the crew). He was killed in action.

He is buried in grave X 20 4 Brussels Town Cemetery, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium

sflynn



R. A.C. Heyne 320(Netherlands)Squadron (d.21st May 1943)

On the 21st May 1943 there was an aircraft crash near Arbroath in Scotland. The plane was from 320 (Netherlands) Squadron and among its crew was RAC Heyne, a Dutch national. He was drowned in the plane which sank before anyone could help him. His Graveis at Western Cemetery, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.

S Flynn



W. J. Ritte 320 Squadron (Netherlands) (d.30th July 1943)

WJ Ritte, a Dutch national, served with 320 (Netherlands) Squadron, Royal Air Force.

On the 30th July 1943 his plane, a Mitchell FR144 of 320 Squadron, crashed into the sea from 300 ft. altitude during an ASR flight.

Crew members were:

  • W.J. Ritte - MIA
  • Lt. A. Roessingh - MIA
  • E. Van'T Emd - MIA
  • C.P.J.M. Van der Does - MIA
  • Cpl. W.L. Blok - MIA

S Flynn



Flt/Lt. Nienhuis 320 Squadron (Netherlands)  

On 20th August 1943 a Mitchell FR147 plane of 320 squadron was hit by flak over Walcheren and ditched in the North Sea 52'00 N - 02'32 E.

Crew members were:

  • Flt/Lt. Nienhuis - Saved by Air Sea Rescue (ASR)Walrus.
  • Flg.Off. Oele - Saved by Air Sea Rescue (ASR)Walrus.
  • Cpl. F.A.J. Prinsen - Saved by Air Sea Rescue (ASR)Walrus.
  • Cpl. D.H.J. Born - Saved by Air Sea Rescue (ASR)Walrus.

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sflynn



W/Cmd. Eduard Bakker 320 Squadron (Netherlands)   (d.25th Oct 1943)

On 25th October 1943 a Mitchell FR178 plane of 320 squadron was hit by flak. It exploded in mid-air near airfield Lannec/Pontvic near Brest in France.

Crew members were:

  • E. Bakker, Commander of 320 Sq. - KIA - buried grave at Orry-la-Ville Senlis)
  • H.G. Van Haaften - KIA - Buried at grave at Grebbeberg 8-18.
  • Memorial stone at Orry-la-Ville, (Senlis)

At first all were buried at Lanève/Finistère, France.

S Flynn



J. Van Dijke 320 Squadron (Netherlands)

On 25th October 1943 a plane, a Mitchell FR166 of 320 squadron was hit by flak nr. Brest. It was ditched at sea at 14:47 hrs (GMT) at 49'40 N - 04'30 W.

Crew members were:

  • J. Van Dijke - Captured by the Germans and became a POW
  • H.A. Kaufman - Captured by the Germans and became a POW
  • C. Schot - Captured by the Germans and became a POW
  • C.J. Bank - Missing in Action.

S Flynn



Pilot Officer Johannes Henricus Josephus Van Loon 320 Squadron (Netherlands) (d.9th Nov 1942)

On 9th November 1942 a Hudson EW912 of 320 squadron failed to return from anti-shipping-patrol and was lost at sea.

The crew members were:

  • P/O J.H.J. Van Loon - Missing in Action
  • P/O Richard De Boer - Missing in Action
  • Lac Hindrik Jongman BEM - Missing in Action
  • Lac Johan Frederik Mijsberg - Missing in Action

S Flynn



Sgt. Carolus Ludovicus Gerardus Van Heugten 320 Squadron (Netherlands) (d.21st Nov 1942)

On 21st November 1942 the Hudson EW903 of 320 Squadron was lost off the Dutch Coast.

The crew members were:

  • Sgt. Carolus Ludovicus Gerardus Van Heugten - Missing in Action
  • Sgt. Laurens Abraham Hoogteiling - Missing in Action
  • Lac Jacob De Ligt - Missing in Action
  • Lac Jan Adrianus Den Ouden - Missing in Action

S Flynn



A. E. Van Den Bogaert 320 (Netherlands) Squadron (d.11th Jan 1943)

A E Van Den Bogeart, a Dutch national, served in the Royal Air Force with 320 (Netherlands) Squadron during WW2.

On the 11th January 1943 Hudson '863' of 320 Squadron was lost on a training flight over the Irish Sea.

It's crew members were:

  • Off. A.E. Van Den Bogaert - Missing in Action.
  • Off. F. Schut - Missing in Action.
  • Cpl. B. Corporaal - Missing in Action.
  • A.F. Post - Missing in Action.

S Flynn



A. J. VanDierenBijvoet No.320 Squadron (Netherlands)   (d.28th Oct 1943)

On the 28th October 1943 a plane, a Mitchell FR174 of 320 squadron was hit by flak. The aircraft went down in burning near Cherbourg, France.

Crew members were: A.J. Van Dieren Bijvoet - MIA Van Der Knaap - MIA Sgt. P.F. Van Woesik - KIA washed ashore 5th November 1943 nr. Fort Hornet, Cherbourg, France. Cpl. A.G. Apeldoorn - MIA no known grave.

sflynn



Sgt. H. J. Ott 320 Sqd.

On 18th March 1944 an RAF air craft, Mitchell FR180 320 squadron, ditched into the sea at 13.10 hrs (GMT) 3 miles west of Cayeux, France.

Crew members were: Sgt. H.J. Ott Sgt. W.F. Gans Cpl. F.I. Posthumus Sgt. J.J.C. Lub All were rescued by ASR Sea Otter.

sflynn



2nd Lt. Adriaan "Adje" Bevelander MID No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.20th March 1944)

20th March 1944 B-25 Mitchell FR141 "Old Boys" in an attack on the V-1 yard at Flexi Court (France) was hit by flak. It exploded and crashed into the ground near Bourbon, France.

Crew members were:

  • 2nd Lt. A. Bevelander - KIA - grave Orry-la-Ville (Senlis) B-2
  • Sgt. Johannes Jacobus De Jong - KIA - grave Orry-la-Ville (Senlis) B-3
  • Cpl. Wilhelmus Kuypers - KIA - grave Orry-la-Ville (Senlis) B-1

Adriaan (Adje) Bevelander, born May 23, 1917 in Bandung (Indonesia). Buried in the war cemetery Orry-la-Ville, Senlis (Fr.). Mentioned in distinction with the Flying Cross (UK) on May 4, 1944: "For a considerable time at the 320th Squadron RDNAS from Our Naval Aviation in the United Kingdom, in flights during the war against the enemy demonstrated courage, skill, perseverance and devotion to duty

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LAC Paulus Kwast No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron RAF (d.8th April 1944)

His aircraft crashed at RAF Lasham (UK). He was buried on 12th April 1944 at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.

S Flynn



Nuesink No. 320 (Netherlands) Squadron

On 4th May 1944 a RAF aircraft, a Mitchell FR184 of 320 Squadron, was hit by flak south of Abbeville, France and ditched at sea at 11:24 (GMT) at 50'33N - 00'58E

Crew Members were:

  • Off. Nuesink
  • Off. Limbosch
  • Sgt. P. De Haan - WIA
  • Sgt. Van Offeren - WIA

All were saved by ASR Walrus

S Flynn



P/O Adriaan "Jos" Manschot 320 Squadron - Dutch (d.9th February 1945)

A Mitchell FW212 NO-J of 320 squadron had a nose-tail collision with FR165 in climbing through a cloud-layer soon after take off from Melsbroek and crashed near Tirlemong, Belgium. The target was Geldern.

Crew members were:

  • P/O Adriaan Manschot - KIA - grave at Amersfoort-Rusthof.
  • A.K. Knapp - MIA - memorial stone at Loenen
  • Sgt. A.L. Diets - MIA - memorial stone at Loenen
  • W/O G.H. Wilson - KIA

S Flynn



Edward Bakker 320 Squadron (d.25th Oct 1943)

Since 2001 I am writing the life-story of a airgunner of Dutch 320 Squadron RAF. This veteran is 88 years old and is living in a house for Dutch veterans. On the 25th Oct 1943 Mr Jonker became very heavily wounded on a raid of the Dutch 320 Squadron to Lanveoc Poulmic Brest. His Mitchell (FR 169 42-32514) made that day a emergency landing at Exeter.

In the month October 1943 the 2nd TAF (with the Mitchells B-25) made a several raids on the airfield Lanveoc Poulmic (Brest). On the 25th Oct 1943 there was a raid of the Dutch 320 and the British. 98th Squadron RAF together.

On the 25th Oct 1943 Mr Jonker became very heavily wounded on a raid to Brest. On the same day 5 men of the same formation were killed. Their names are; E. Bakker, C.J. Bank, M. Bolk, HG Haaften, RWH van Pelt. For the lifestory of Mr Jonker and the chapter about 25-10-1943 and the raid to Brest, I would like to come in contact with the relatives of those Dutchmen.

I am very interested about information of the raid on 25th Oct 1943. This date one Dutch Mitchell exploded in the sky (FR 178 W 42-64788) and another Dutch Mitchell (FR 166 R 42-32352) ditched in the sea. Five Dutchmen were killed that day. One of them is still missing. His name is Flying Officer C.J. Bank. He was born on the 27-08-1943 and killed on the 25-10-1943. Do you have information about the Flying Officer?

Are there monuments around Brest in relation to this raids?

I am also very interested what happened of the airfield Lanveoc Poulmic on that 25th Oct 1943. I have heard that on that 25th Oct day, a lot of high level German officers were on the base. Is that true?

Three survivors of the ditched Dutch Mitchell escaped with a French Fisherboat. After the arrival in the harbour all of them were captured by the Germans. Does some one know what has happened with the Fishermen?

Is there a (aerial) picture of the airfield of Lanveoc Poulmic?

Could you help me with information about what has happened on the 25th Oct 1943 on the airfield Lanveoc Poulmic?

Does some one has information about what has happened with the 98th Squadron (B-25), that day?

Everard Bakker



Cornelis Waardenburg DFC 320 (Dutch) Sqd. (d.30th Aug 1944)

In May 1940, Cornelis Waardenburg fought within the Dutch Army, on the Grebbeberg, the most fierce part of the front in Holland. He was a Reserve-Second Lieutenant then. He escaped to be a prisoner of war and flew to England. He was with the 139 Squadron and received a DFC. I don't know the circumstances why. Have you any information about him for me? He was a mate of my father during the fights on the Dutch front. Thank you in advance.

Wim van Kamperdijk



J. H. Velleman 320 Sqdn.

I am looking for information about my uncle J H Velleman. I have some information about his crash in France and some photos.

Joyce Gerda Koning-v



Jozef Snijders 320 Sqdn.

My dad was in 320 (Dutch) Sqadron RAF in 1942, he later joined the British Army, I have no information on that, but he later was a crew member on HRMS Karel Doorman, he was an engineer. His name was Jozef Snijders, he had one or two nicknames one was Joop. The Karel Doorman was sold to Argentina in 1968. Dad spent a lot of years as a chief engineer in the merchant navy. He is now deceased. Anyone remember him?

Gloria Stevens







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