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Lippe-Biesterfeld, van, Bernhard L.F.E.J.K.K.

Date of birth:
June 29th, 1911 (Detmold Castle/Jena, German Empire)
Date of death:
December 1st, 2004 (Utrecht, the Netherlands)
Buried on:
Crypt of Oranje-Nassau
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Awarded on:
October 26th, 1936
Ridder Grootkruis in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (NL.1)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaal-Majoor-Vlieger
Awarded on:
January 10th, 1944
"For extraordinary fidelity and exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Major General, Royal Netherlands Army, during the common struggle of the United Nations to restore peace and freedom to the world. His constant and unremitting efforts to further this cause have greatly contributed to the defense of our nation."

G.O. No. 6
Legion of Merit - Commander (LoM - C)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaal-Majoor-Vlieger
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1944
Knights/Dames Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (K/DBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Luitenant-generaal-vlieger
Unit:
Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten (BS), Nederlands Verzet
Awarded on:
January 29th, 1946
"As Commander of the Netherlands Forces of the Interior during this period Prince Bernhard contributed immeasurably to the creation of the Resistance Organization in the Netherlands and was largely responsible for the effective execution of plans for the employment of those Forces. He gave unstintingly of his time and efforts to the successful mobilization of liberated manpower units, their training and employment prior to Allied Army Groups."

G.O. No. 24. Presented in August 1945.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Luitenant-generaal (Lieutenant-general)
Awarded on:
February 19th, 1946
".. in recognition of distinguished services in the cause of the Allies."

British approval on 10 January 1946.
Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)
Rank:
Prins der Nederlanden
Awarded on:
April 5th, 1946
Elefantordenen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Luitenant-generaal
Unit:
Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten (BS), Nederlands Verzet
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1946
Commandeur der Militaire Willems Orde (MWO.2)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Luitenant-generaal (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
No. 322 (Dutch) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1946
Official Citation:
“By his skills and perseverance shown in warfare and other aerial flights, and his continuous enthusiasm he showed courage, conduct and initiative. His inspiring example has highly contributed in stimulating the professional zeal and performance of the members of the Dutch Air forces.”

489th Award.
Royal Decree No. 75 dd. July 3rd 1946
Vliegerkruis (VK)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten (BS), Nederlands Verzet
Awarded on:
1946

Presented on 29 May 1946 in Paris.
Grand Croix de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten (BS), Nederlands Verzet
Awarded on:
1946

Received with palm on 29 May 1946 in Paris.
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With bars "NEDERLAND MEI 1940" en "KRIJG TE LAND 1940-1945".
Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

Received with palm on 27 February 1951
Croix de Guerre 1940
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

Presented on 12 February 1948.
Ceskoslovenský válecný kríž 1939
Grootkruis in de Huisorde van Oranje (HO.1)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

Presented on 15 February 1950.
Gră-Cruz del Ordem Nacional do Cruzeiro do Sul
Huwelijksmedaille 1937
Inhuldigingsmedaille 1948
Huwelijksmedaille 1966
Inhuldigingsmedaille 1980
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal 1953
Kruis voor de Tweedaagse Militaire Prestatietocht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Flying Badge
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1945
For a minimum of 1500 flying hours. Prins Bernhard flew with the newest types of American planes.

Presented by General John K. Cannon during the RAF-USAAF exhibition in the Bijenkorf.
Senior Pilot Wing

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