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    Default Sqn Ldr Leendert Carel Marie van EENDENBURG

    I am seeking the dates the above officer was commissioned, promoted to Prob Fg Off, posted to 91 Sqn in early 1945, and left the RAF.

    born Batavia, 29 Dec 14
    arr Eng, 6 Jul 40
    AB in RN, 20 Aug 40
    trans to RAFVR, 24 Apr 41
    1 EFTS, 24 May 41
    9 SFTS, 23 Jul 41

    > com Prob Plt Off (108814), date unknown

    57 OTU, 21 Oct 41
    41 Sqn, 9 Dec 41
    167 Sqn, 14 Jul 42

    > Prob Fg Off, date unknown ca Oct 42

    Fg Off (WS), 1 May 43
    322 Sqn, 12 Jun 43
    Flt Lt, 21 Feb 44
    OC A Flt, 22 Feb 44
    AA/CL, Lille, 1 Sep 44 & rtnd to Sqn
    OC, 322 Sqn, 12 Sep 44
    Temp Sqn Ldr, 18 Sep 44
    HQFC, 17 Nov 44
    118 Sqn, 2 Dec 44

    > 91 Sqn, Manston, date unknown ca 1 Mar 45
    > retired from RAF / RNLAF?

    died 4 Sep 66

    Any asistance with these dates would be appreciated, thanks.

    Steve
    Last edited by Steve Brew; 22nd August 2012 at 01:59.
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    Hello Steve,

    The exact location of his forced-landing on 1st September 1944 is Mametz, in the Pas-de-Calais département (say, near Aire-sur-la-Lys). He evaded capture for about a week, and on return was appointed as C.O. of No. 322 Squadron, taking over from S/L Kuhlmann who had been shot and captured on 1st September 1944 too (but in the first mission of the day, while Van Eendenburg and Jan Plesman were lost on the second mission of the day, a repeat of the first one actually).

    Mametz is quite far from Lille, which is the location stated in the ORB.

    His nickname was "Kees".

    Also, he has written some memoirs, but they are in Dutch. We have translated from Dutch to French the chapter about his week in France. Our Dutch friends might be able to help on his one. His log-book(s ?) or copies are held by the Dutch Air Force historical service.

    Joss
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    Thanks for the clarifications, Joss

    I have corrected my text

    Regards
    Steve
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    Hello Steve and Joss,

    I'm afraid I can't help you with dates although I had come across Van Eendenburg previously in the context of his daring esscape from German-occupied Holland, having managed to cross the Channel in a 12-foot dinghy. However, if you should still need someone to translate his memoirs from the Dutch, I shall be happy to lend a hand.

    Hans

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    Thanks Hans

    I am aware of his escape and appreciate the offer of a translation, but do not need it right now. Thanks for offering, though; very kind of you.

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