'Dutchies' in de Fleet Air Arm

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Author: Nico Geldhof describes the history of a small group of Dutch pilots who were trained to operate from British Naval Carriers. After they did complete the required training they were stationed in the squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm as Marine fighter pilots. During the war period of June 1944 till Victory Day Japan on August 15 they have contribute a remarkable role. One of there first performances was a series of air attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz. After this follows a series of action in the Mediterranean in the beginning of 1945 they returned to Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Three of these men were put in command of British naval squadrons. After World War II, they helped lay the foundation for the introduction of the carrier operating within the Royal Navy. Their knowledge, but above their war experience proved to be a valuable tool. 

 

Geldhof N. (1929) has been a fascination for the history of Naval Aviation. Since his retirement from Shell International, he is a former volunteer assistant at the Institute of Maritime History, which since 2005 after a merger is included in the presently called Dutch Institute for Military History in The Hague. Through the facilities of that institution was a thorough investigation into various facets of the rich history MLD being committed. Many years as a volunteer commitment has so far resulted in the publication of numerous articles on maritime and aviation Naval Aviation in particular. In addition, several technical developments in the aviation described in historical perspective. So far published various books and publications of his hand in a number of co-production arose. Recently, the war operations of the No. 320 Squadron RDNAS described by him. This book title was combined with a separately published description of all aircraft types and their special equipment, which the squadron has flown during the war years.

 

After World War II, they helped lay the foundation for the introduction of the carrier operating within the Royal Navy. Their knowledge, but above their war experience proved to be a valuable tool. 
 

 

Geldhof N. (1929) has been a fascination for the history of Naval Aviation. Since his retirement from Shell International, he is a former volunteer assistant at the Institute of Maritime History, which since 2005 after a merger is included in the presently called Dutch Institute for Military History in The Hague. Through the facilities of that institution was a thorough investigation into various facets of the rich history MLD being committed. Many years as a volunteer commitment has so far resulted in the publication of numerous articles on maritime and aviation Naval Aviation in particular. In addition, several technical developments in the aviation described in historical perspective. So far published various books and publications of his hand in a number of co-production arose. Recently, the war operations of the No.. 320 Squadron RDNAS described by him. This book title was combined with a separately published description of all aircraft types and their special equipment, which the squadron has flown during the war years.

 

 

Language: Dutch

 


 

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