Daanen, Hermanus Jan Hendrik

Date of birth:
December 21st, 1916 (Vlissingen, the Netherlands)
Date of death:
September 7th, 1944 (Mossman/North Queensland, Australia)
Buried on:
Dutch War Graves Cairns
Grave: 237.
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

1st Lt. H.J.H. Daanen disappeared on 7 September 1944 during a flight with a C-47 from Merauke to Cairns. The wreckage of the Dakota was eventually discovered in January 1989. The deceased passengers and crew are buried at the War Cemetery at Cairns.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Eerste-Luitenant Vlieger-Waarnemer (Flying Officer)
Unit:
No. 18 (Dutch) squadron, RAAF
Awarded on:
December 9th, 1949
Action:
Citation:
"During the war with Japan from 1943-1945 he bravely and persistently served as a member of an aircrew. He carried out at least 39 operational flights with a total of 234 flying hours, during this flights he caused the enemy considerable damage."
Details:
592nd Award.
Royal Decree No.25, dated December 9th, 1949.
Awarded posthumously.
Vliegerkruis (VK)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Eerste Luitenant Vlieger Waarnemer K.N.I.L.
Unit:
18th (Dutch) squadron, RAAF
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1949
Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)
Action:
Posthumously awarded in 1949 with the clasp "War flights 1940-1945". The clasp "War flights 1940-1945" was awarded to those who actually fought against the enemy, aboard airplanes, and were in active service in an area of war for at least six months.

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