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    Default 106346 Flt Lt Bram van der Stok

    Following his return from captivity, 106346 Flt Lt Bram van der Stok joined 91 Sqn, flying Spit IXs. I know his tenure ended 13 Feb 45, but can anyone tell me the date he joined the Sqn, please?

    Secondly, on what date did vdS receive the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau?

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    Hi Steve,

    unfortunately I was not able to find any site with the exact date but some of those pages maybe will help you with few more details like other squadrons by the end of WWII.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/air-force-obituaries/5648616/Bram-van-der-Stok.html

    http://www.ww2awards.com/person/34514

    http://www.strijdbewijs.nl/birds/spitfire/stok.htm

    http://www.onderscheidingen.nl/decorandi/wo2/dec_s09.html

    Pavel

    P.S. in some cases translator from Dutch is needed:)
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Default Bram Van der Stok

    Gents ,

    I have a book written by Van der Stok himself , i will see if i can find some date in this book.

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    Alain12
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    In his book VDS states that on D-Day he was at OTU 67
    sharing the airfield with 91 Squadron which flew over Normandy.
    The pilots of OTU 67 as part of their refresher course flew along with
    91 Squadron to Normandy. He made 8 sorties with 91
    He then states that he was posted to 91 Squadron on the day that the squadron
    moved to Tangmere doing defensive anti V1 patrols.

    He has some actions occuring at the wrong times though.
    He commented that in May 1944 he heard the V 1s flying
    to London, although I may have confused myself there.

    No dates for decorations.

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    Thanks guys; I appreciate your time on this for me.

    The difficulty with van der Stok's autobiography is that it is more of a novel than a true account. As you found yourself, Robert, some of the details don't match.

    I have BvdS's Escaped POW Questionairre which indicates he was flown to Bristol from Gibraltar on 10 July 44 and, as such, there is no way that he could have been with 67 OTU and flying with 91 Sqn on D-Day! It happened over a month before he got back to the UK!

    Also, I don't think there was a 67 OTU. Attending an OTU refresher makes sense, but maybe it was 57 OTU?

    You see my problem? I guess I was hoping someone might have a copy of the 91 Sqn ORB, which might indicate on which date he arrived on the Squadron.

    Thanks
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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