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  1. Wildcat

    Wildcat Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Nicolaas and welcome to the site mate!
    I'll have to get a copy of the book you mentioned, hopefully it's available in English? If your interested here is another book that looks like it would be a good read, its on my shopping list for the new year :)
    Adventures of a Flying Dutchman
     
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    Thanks Marcel
    btw, nice pictures on your photo site.
     
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    #23 Nicolaas, Dec 28, 2013
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    Thank you Wildcat.
    I do have a copy of RJ Idzerda's book. It is a very good read. I have met mr Idzerda, he was the flag officer (2 star admiral) of the Royal Navy Airforce, and a very good pilot.
    He ended his flying carreer on the Neptune, my favorite plane of all times :)
    Idzerda was a fighter pilot, while Wittert started as fighter pilot, but flies the Mitchell during ww2.

    I do not know if the book by Rene Wittert has been translated. It was first published in 1978
    Edit: found this link http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=33302, so it seems that there is only a dutch version of that book.

    I wish you all a very happy 2014, with lots of good books.:)
     
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    Hi Nicolaas, shame that book is not in English as I would love to read it. You were very lucky to meet Mr Idzerda!
     
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    Here's another 120 NEI Squadron P-40 "Wham Bam" from the SDASM archives.

    Mark
     
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    Cool, thanks for posting!
     
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    Hi Wildcat, great piece you wrote in the PDF file! I just wanted to say that my late grandfather was a member of the 120 NEI Sqn as well and he used to tell me all kind of (war) stories from that time. His name is Theo (Dick) Gottschalk and I saw him on one of the pics in this thread.
    Keep up the good work and they should never be forgotten as they are a part of Dutch war history.

    Regards,

    JJV
     
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    Hi JJV, thanks and welcome! I see your Grandfather was with the squadron right from the beginning and flew operationally from Meruake. Here are some photo's of your Granddad from the Dutch profile book "Curtiss P-40E/N Part1" by Max Schep and Luuk Boerman. Unfortunately I don't have a scanner right now, so I took photo's of the pics for you in case you haven't seen them before. I apologise for the bad quality. If you don't have it, I recommend the above mentioned book :)
     

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    Thanks for the article, Wildcat.

    I wonder if anyone have more information about the crew that died in the crash of C-47 Dakota near Mossman on 7 September 1944. Specifically I'm looking for information on my great-great uncle, Bernard van Aken, who died in this crash.

    I've been obsessed about him since discovering from my great-aunt in Holland. I even went to visit the war memorial at Cairns cemetery during Anzac day 2017. I hope to visit Mossman Gorge in the future maybe to see where the plane may have crashed.
     
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    New book out on No.18 Squadron...

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    Hi Graeme, I was very excited to see the release of this book and then I read this review Aircrew Book Review: Bomber Boys - Marianne Van Velzen
    The fact the author has used fictional characters to tell the story of 18 squadron has really turned me off from buying the book. If it was a straight up squadron history, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Tell me what you think of it after you have read it.
     
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    Hi Andy.

    Damn - I didn't realise that. It was an impulse buy at Kmart for $19.
    Now looking at the "Author's Note" I see what you mean. A little disappointing, but there are some excellent photos in it.
    I'll have a closer look after I finish my current book - "1942" by Bob Wurth.

    Cheers.

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    excellent work fellas. learned a lot. Many thanks
     
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