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Vlielander Hein, Benjamin Marius

    Date of birth:
    January 29th, 1914 (The Hague, the Netherlands)
    Date of death:
    March 16th, 1992
    Nationality:
    Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Enlisted in the Royal Dutch Naval Air Service on September 22nd 1940. Transferred to the Royal Air Force on 28 March 1944. His peacetime profession was Inspector with the KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Pilot Officer
    Unit:
    No. 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    September 24th, 1945
    Details:
    Permission to wear the decoration granted by Royal Decree No. 30, dated November 24th, 1945.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Officier-Zeewaarnemer der Tweede Klasse
    Unit:
    No. 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    March 15th, 1948
    Action:
    Recommendation:
    For having distinguished himself by deeds of initiative, courage and perseverance having taken part in 1944 and in 1945 until the end of March in many flights to German bases in Mosquito bombers as observer and sometimes as Target Marker, often under hazardous circumstances, during which flights his aircraft had been hit several times and on July 7th, 1944 had been so severely damaged that an emergency landing in Sweden became necessary.
    Details:
    Royal Decree Nr.44, dated March 15th, 1948.
    Vliegerkruis (VK)

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