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Leegstra, Tjerk Hidde

Date of birth:
1912
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
16th August 1934: Reserve 2e Luitenant-vlieger der Militaire Luchtvaart;
16th August 1938: Reserve 1e Luitenant-vlieger der Militaire Luchtvaart.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Reserve-1e Luitenant-Vliegenier (1st Lieutenant-pilot of Reserves)
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1941
Action:
For escaping from occupied Holland with a Fokker G.1 fighter and reaching Great Britain on May 5th 1941.
Details:
4th Award.
Royal Decree No 24 dated 16th october 1941.
Vliegerkruis (VK)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Reserve-1e Luitenant-Vliegenier (Reserve 1st Lieutenant-pilot)
Awarded on:
January 4th, 1949
Action:
For making an airraid on Mai 12th 1940 on German Forces at the Grebbeberg and reaching his homebase dispite of all the damage his plane had received.
Details:
582nd Award.
Royal Decree No 14 dated 4th January 1949.
Received as an arabic "2" for on the ribbon of the first "Vliegerkruis"
Vliegerkruis (VK)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitein vlieger
Legion of Merit - Legionnaire (LoM)

Sources

  • - Meijer H.G., Vis R., Het Vliegerkruis, Voor initiatief, moed en volharding, De Bataafsche Leeuw, Amsterdam, 1997, ISBN 9067073474
    - The Dutch Medals Page