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DO YOU KNOW THESE DUTCH VETERANS?
Looking for veterans HANS PENNOCK, EDUARD BAKKER,JAN MAAS or their families
Good evening Maria,

may I introduce myself ! My name is Everard Bakker and I am coming from Holland. In 2001 a workmate of me, asked me to visit his 88 years old uncle. This veteran is Leendert Jonker. He is a member of the Dutch Royal Marines during world war II. And this veteran served in WW II, within the 320 squadron RAF as a airgunner.
(He now lives in the house of Dutch veterans in Arnhem Holland. See www.bronbeek.nl )

On the 25th October 1943 Mr Jonker became very heavily wounded on the raid to Lanveoc Poulmic (Brest). The B-25C (15-NA), with the number; 42-32514, FR 169, B-25C-15-NA. made a emergency landing on Exeter in the south of the UK.

In this unbelieveable story I found out, that his memories are really true. About this life-story I am writing a book. I have interviewed some 12 Dutch veterans and I am in contact with a lot of relatives from, killed bij action, Dutchmen of the 320 Squadron RAF.

For this unbelievable life-story, I am looking for;
HANS PENNOCK, may be he is alive and living in the UK. He is born at 04-09-1921 in Soekaboemi. His number is 21.09.04.038. Marines number 20466.

JAN MAAS, the relatives born 13-11-1916 or 1918 at Manggar. After the war (he was a pilot with Sabena Belgium) he lived in Deira Spain.

EDUARD BAKKER, the relatives. He was killed on the 23 October 1943. He was the commander of the 320 Squadron RAF.He is born at 29-03-1929 in Rotterdam.

25th OCTOBER 1943
Twenty-four aircraft of British 98 and Dutch 320 Squadrons RAF were despatched to bomb the Brest/Lanvioc Poulmic airfield. The flak which was soon accurate. There was suddenly a tremendous flash as Sgt. C. J. Bank's machine received a direct hit. Then another, as Cdr. Eduard Bakker's Mitchell disintegrated in a welter of fragments and flame. Roosenburg found that his hydraulics were out of action, instruments too, and that oil was streaming from his starboard engine. Worse, he had an arm wound.

He managed to hold the aircraft level long enough for the bombs to be dropped. Soon after he found he had lost 3,000 feet, wrestled to regain control and steered for home alone. He skidded to a belly landing at Portreath. The tremendous force of the explosions had thrown the aircraft of the leader, JAN H. MAAS, on to its back, then it too received a direct hit between the radio operator's position and the dorsal turret. At once the machine went into a dive from which recovery was miraculously made since the controls were badly damaged. The air gunner (this is Mr Leendert Jonker) had been seriously wounded and was given immediate first aid.

The wire-less operator HANS PENNOCK was shocked. Crippled, it staggered back to Exeter for an excellent landing despite two tyres punctured and extensive structural damage.

For this unbelievable life-story, I am looking for:

HANS PENNOCK, may be he is alive and living in the UK. He is born at 04-09-1921 in Soekaboemi. His number is 21.09.04.038. Marines number 20466.

JAN MAAS, the relatives born 13-11-1916 or 1918 at Manggar. After the war (he was a pilot with Sabena Belgium) he lived in Deira Spain.

EDUARD BAKKER
, the relatives. He was killed on the 23 October 1943. He was the commander of the 320 Squadron RAF.He is born at 29-03-1929 in Rotterdam.
With kind regards,

Eemnes Holland 035-5317029

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