Determined Dutchmen

Although few in numbers, a handful of Netherlanders who made their way to Britain after escaping the Nazis made a significant mark in the air during World War Two. Graham Pitchfork recounts some of their stories

A Fokker T-VIIIW floatplane of 320 Squadron during a patrol from RAF Pembroke Dock. Lt Heye Schaper utilised this type during his mission behind enemy lines in October 1940.

The roll of honour for 42 Dutch airmen awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in recognition of their gallantry is impressive – two of them received it twice. While seven were given the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM), many more were the recipients of Dutch and British non-operational honours such as the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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