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    I hope someone here can help. I am looking for anything on the following crews and Hudsons of 320 Squadron, October 1942. The only information I have is from the microfilm ORB in AIR27/1713.

    KJ 903 E
    Bruens
    van Dijken
    van Meurs (?Neurs?)
    de Haan

    EW 904 H
    Schroder
    Verhey
    de Ruiter
    Rauws

    KW 917 T
    Sillevis
    Ree
    Blom
    Klaassen

    EW 906 P (?)
    van Heugten
    Hoogteiling
    de Ligt
    Sluiters

    EW 893 X (?)
    de Liefde
    van Dieren Bijvoet (sp?)
    van Woosik (sp?)
    Smit

    These five aircraft and crews were involved in an anti-shipping strike on the night of 13/14 October 1942. The microfilm copies are rough, so corrections are welcome.

    Thanks,
    Bruce

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    Bruce,

    Here are some of the details. Those without the mention MIA or KIA survived the war. If you have more specific questions, let me know.

    Regards,

    Rob


    EW 903 E
    Bruens, Gerard Theodoor, Ovl 3kl KMR TV
    Dijken, Jan van, Sgt.
    Meurs, Gosewinus van, Sgt Vlgt Telegr
    Haan, A.J. (Bert) de, Off Vl 3kl KMR SD TV

    EW 904 H
    Schröder DFM, David, Res Sgt Vl MLD. Detached to KLM/UK
    Verheij, Willem Karel, Off Vl 3kl KMR TV
    Ruijter, Antonius Cornelis Maria de, Sgt Vltg Telegr z/m
    Rauws, Hendrik Antoon, Sgt Vltg Sch

    EW 917 T
    Sillevis, Johannes Christiaan (Joop), Off Vl 1kl MLD, 320B Sqn,
    born Rotterdam 09/04/1913,
    † St. Aubin-de-Scellon, Eure, F, 13/06/1944,
    buried Ereveld Grebbeberg, NL, grave 8/16

    Ree, Piet Willem; VK
    Rank: Ltz 2kl KMR
    Unit: KMR; 24TC Sqn
    Born Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL, 14/12/1911
    Killed 30/08/1945 Vaison-la-Romaine, dépt. Vaucluse, F
    Crash cause: Bad weather during ferry flight
    Aircraft: Dakota Nr. KJ974
    Buried: ereveld Grebbeberg, Rhenen, Utrecht, NL, grave 8/6

    Blom, Jan, Sgt Telegr. Detached 18/02/1944 to No. 3127 SE, later 6320 SE
    Klaassen, Adriaan Willem, Sgt Vl Schutt MLD, 320B Sqn,
    born Breskens 09/03/1917,
    † St. Aubin-de-Scellon, Eure, F, 13/06/1944,
    buried Ereveld Grebbeberg, NL, grave 8/15

    EW 906 P
    Heugten, Carolus Ludovicus Gerardus van, Res Sgt Vl, 320C Sqn,
    born St. Oedenrode 10/04/1913,
    † North Sea, 22/11/1942, MIA

    Hoogteiling, Laurens Abraham, Res Sgt Vl, 320C Sqn,
    born Dordrecht 10/05/1918,
    † North Sea, 22/11/1942, MIA

    Ligt, Jacob de, Vltg Telegr maat, 320C Sqn,
    born Rotterdam 21/01/1918,
    † North Sea, 22/11/1942, MIA

    Sluyter, J. Sgt Vltg Telegr

    EW 893 X
    Liefde, Matthijs Johan Cornelis (Thijs) de, Off Vl 2kl. Came from MLD, NEI.
    Dieren Bijvoet, Anthonius Johannes (Boelie) van, Res 1Lt Vl, 320B Sqn,
    born Utrecht 01/09/1919,
    † Cherbourg Harbour, Manche, F, 28/10/1943, MIA

    Woesik, Pierre Fortunus van, Sgt Vl Telegr, 320B Sqn,
    born Pare, Java, NEI, 04/12/1920,
    † Cherbourg Harbour, Manche, F, 28/10/1943,
    buried Orry-la-Ville, Senlis, F, grave A/1/5

    Smit, Cornelis
    Kpl Vltg Sch z/m. POW Forêt de Grimbosq, Calvados, France, dd. 12/06/1944, after parachuting out of Mitchell Mk. II B-25C FR149 NO-D, shot down by Flak.
    Last edited by Rob Philips; 16th January 2009 at 22:00. Reason: Aircraft serials added. Source: 320 Sqn ORB

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    Hello Rob, thanks for the information. These five Dutch Hudsons were sent to look for a German convoy moving along the French coast on the 13th October, and EW904 (SchrŲder ) carried out an inconclusive strike.

    I should have mentioned that 320 also had contact with the same target on the 12th, when EW918 J dropped it's bombs and float flares but saw no direct hits.

    EW 918 J
    van der Berg
    Kerst (Korst?)
    Gast
    Cloesmeyer (sp?)

    Any information about these actions or the squadron in general would be of great interest. Perhaps someone from 320 wrote about his experiences after the war?



    Regards,
    Bruce

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    Bruce,

    Some more:

    EW 918 J
    Berg, Hendrik Jan van den, VK, Ltz 2kl, Off Zwnr 1kl KMR, F/O., Pilot, 320C Sqn,
    born Zaltbommel 11/03/1904,
    † North Sea near Terschellingerbank, NL, 27/01/1943, MIA
    He was credited with one Flakship sunk in the Feda Fjord, SE of Flekkefjord, Norway, on 31/10/1941, and one 4.000t cargo vessel sunk 10' WSW of Eierland on 23/9/1942, and one cargo vessel sunk 14' SW of Den Helder, NL, on 25/11/1942. According to Nico Geldhof, in "De operaties van 320 Squadron", Maarssen, 2006, page 254, this was the Dutch trawler "Haarlem". Note: this trawler was part of a 9 ship convoy with 11 escorting vessels sailing towards the Elbe estuary.
    GB arrival: 22/5/1940 from France after he, in a group of 24 aircraft, mostly Fokker trainers, had escaped from Holland on 14/5/1940

    Kerst (Korst?)
    Kost, Christiaan Lodewijk, Bootsman, Sgt., Ag, 320C Sqn,
    born Den Helder 07/10/1912,
    † North Sea near Terschellingerbank, NL, 27/01/1943, MIA
    GB arrival: 22/5/1940 from France after he, in a group of 24 aircraft, mostly Fokker trainers, had escaped from Holland on 14/5/1940

    Gast, Tonnis Jakob, Sgt Vltg Telegr, Sgt., Wop/Nav, 320C Sqn,
    born Assen 25/10/1919,
    † North Sea near Terschellingerbank, NL, 27/01/1943, MIA

    Cloesmeyer (sp?)
    Cloesmeijer, Jopy Henky, Korp Vltg Telegr, Cpl., Wop/Ag 320C Sqn,
    born Toeban, Java, NEI, 16/01/1916,
    † North Sea near Terschellingerbank, NL, 27/01/1943, MIA

    All perished with Hudson Mk. VI Nr. EW919 NO-C, from RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk, GB, on anti shipping patrol; take-off 00:45h
    Crash site: North Sea near Terschellingerbank, NL
    Crash cause: unknown, enemy Flak action presumed. The aircraft was last sighted from Hudson EW910 at about 03.45h, flying through the Flak coming up from the convoy attacked. An enemy fighter was seen in the area.

    "Any information about these actions or the squadron in general would be of great interest. Perhaps someone from 320 wrote about his experiences after the war?"

    There is some literature about 320 (Dutch) Sqn, but all is in Dutch. Feel free to ask more questions.

    Regards,

    Rob
    Last edited by Rob Philips; 17th January 2009 at 16:01. Reason: Trawler "Haarlem" added to H.J. van den Berg text

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    Rob, I am grateful for your help. I will see what I can do with the information you have given, and as to other questions: an account of either of the two attacks (12th or 13th) would be perfect.

    Two things are immediately of interest:
    (1) Berg is credited with three ships sunk: I canít immediately identify the first two, but is the third the Erika Hendrik Fisser (3347 BRT)?

    (2) The arrival of Christiaan Kost in the UK sounds familiar, is that covered in an earlier thread?

    I was struck by the high fatality rate among the Dutch flyers on my list. Was that representative of the squadron?

    I will use what you have given me to trawl the other archives, thanks again.

    Regards,
    Bruce

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    [QUOTE=bruce dennis;22219]Rob, I am grateful for your help. I will see what I can do with the information you have given, and as to other questions: an account of either of the two attacks (12th or 13th) would be perfect.

    If you have the relevant 320 Sqn ORB pages, you have arguably the best account. If not, I shall translate for you.

    [QUOTE] Two things are immediately of interest:
    (1) Berg is credited with three ships sunk: I canít immediately identify the first two, but is the third the Erika Hendrik Fisser (3347 BRT)?

    Need to look that up.

    [QUOTE](2) The arrival of Christiaan Kost in the UK sounds familiar, is that covered in an earlier thread?

    He came with a large group, that effectively started Dutch military aviation under the wings of the RAF at a very early stage in the war. Not covered in an earlier thread, as far as I know.

    [QUOTE] I was struck by the high fatality rate among the Dutch flyers on my list. Was that representative of the squadron?

    320 Sqn lost most men by far, of all Dutchmen in RAF Sqn's. Period considered: 15-5-1940 to 9-5-1945, European theatre only. 320 C & B lost 145 men, MIA & KIA, and the total of Dutchmen lost in RAF service was 235, MIA & KIA. With this it is not said that safety standards were poorer or fatality rates higher amongst the Dutch as compared to others. In fact, when considering the amount of operational flying done by 320 Sqn, its safety standard can be demonstrated to have been quite good. That demonstration is not given here, as it requires more than a bit of text.

    Regards,

    Rob

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