Hercules named in Holland
Two C-130 Hercules with the Royal Netherlands Air Force have been named.
Gary Parsons - 22-Nov-2010
November 22: Two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with the Royal Netherlands Air Force were named after former military figures on November 19 at Eindhoven Airbase.
Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Jac Jansen unveiled the names together with relatives of the named. C-130H G-781 is now officially called ‘Bob van der Stok’ and G-988 ‘Willem den Toom’.
Bob van der Stok (1915-1993) distinguished himself as a fighter pilot in the Second World War, both in Dutch service and with the British Royal Air Force. For his courageous actions he was awarded the Bronze Lion, the Bronze Cross and the Flying Cross (twice). Willem den Toom (1911-1998) was one of the founders of the post-war air force and served as the Secretary of Defence for the Air Force between 1963 and 1965. In the De Jong government between 1967 and 1971 he was Minister of Defence.
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