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Lierde, van, Remi

    Date of birth:
    August 14th, 1915 (Overboelaere, Belgium)
    Date of death:
    June 8th, 1990 (Lessines/Hainaut, Belgium)
    Nationality:
    Belgian (1830-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

    Biography

    Remi van Lierde was first trained as an observer, but then became a pupil pilot. He was shot down and wounded on May 16 1940. Hospitalized by the Germans, he manages to escaped via France and Spain where he was held in the Miranda concentration camp and finally reached UK on July 20. On September 5th he joined the RAF and in October he attended 57 OTU. He was then posted to 609 Squadron on January 9 1942, flying Typhoons.
    On April 20 1944 he joined 3 Squadron flying Tempests, where he operated against V-1s until August. On August 20th he joined 164 Squadron and flew with this squadron until May 16 1945, when he was posted to 84 GSU. Remy van Lierde's victories in World War 2 were 6 destroyed, 1 damaged, 1 destroyed on ground, 35 and shared V-1s.
    After the war he commanded a number of units.
    He commanded Kamina Air Base in the Belgian Congo 1959-60, and in 1963 was on Staff of 7 Wing. In 1967 he commanded Chienes Air Base, but retired as a Colonel on January 1st, 1968.
    He died at Lessines on June 8th, 1990.

    Promotions:
    October 1941: Pilot Officer
    1942: Flying Officer
    September 1943: Flight Lieutenant
    February 1944: Squadron Leader

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Unit:
    Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    June 25th, 1943
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    August 1944

    Second DFC awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Unit:
    Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    July 1945

    Third DFC awarded as second bar for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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