Dutch fighterpilot Guus Kiel dies

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  1. Marcel

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    #1 Marcel, Nov 10, 2013
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    Already 6 days ago, but didn't have the time to post it:
    Gustav Karl Philip Kield died last week, 100 years old.

    Guus was one of the Duch "May fliers". He flew the Fokker D.XXI in combat against the German luftwaffe. He flew from Ypenburg, where he took off under fire. He shot down a German aircraft, after which he in turn was attacked by 5 BF110's and was shot down himself.
    Late he started a pub in Amsterdam called "De vlieger", which was a centre for resistence. Guus himself was much active in the resistance as well. After the war he recieved the Royal vliegerskruis.

    Guus was son of a Dutch father and a German mother. He spent his childhood in Germany and spoke Dutch with a heavy German accent. One of the family's friends was Ernst Udet, who started to Guus the interest in aviation. It was also he who told the family they were lucky to go to the Netherlands as the political climate there was better than in Germany.

    Although Guus was partly German, there was no question where his loyalty was, although the farmer who found him after his crash did not know that. If I have time I will post Guus' fight on the 10th of may 1940 in the stories thread. It's quite interesting. He was a well know and interesting character in Dutch aviation circles and will be missed.

    Tail wind and blue skies, Guus...
     
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    R.I.P. Guus. Thanks for posting Marcel.
     
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