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April 25th 2020 Melbourne Australia
Inaugural Reunion for the 18th Squadron NEI (RAAF) Australia. Veterans, family and Associated Friends.
"Through the connection of the Fathers, Grew the Connection of the Families"
Saturday April 4, 2020:
5th Reunion Children of the 18th Sqn NEI in Bronbeek Arnhem The Netherlands.
With as little as two month to go, the5th reunion of the Children of 18 Squadron Squadron Foundation will take place at Bronbeek Estate, 4 April 2020 in Arnhem.
We can easily state that the Foundation, named 'children of' is slowly expanding with grandchildren, other family members and interested parties of our men who fought for the liberation of the Dutch East Indies: ‘The forgotten liberators’.
As earlier announced in the invitation, we can now give you a more detailed programme.
The commemoration takes place in the garden of Bronbeek Estate and is themed around the year 2020 ’75 years of Freedom’ and the founding day of 18 Sqn NEI in Canberra, Australia, April 4 1942, exactly 78 years ago.!
The official commemoration will take place in the presence of the Australian ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr Matthew Neuhaus, also a delegate of the Royal Dutch Air Force and Commander Bronbeek Estate Karel van Dreumel. They will lay a wreath on behalf of Australia, the Dutch Royal Air Force and the Bronbeek estate.
Not registered yet?
Register in time for the reunion to avoid disappointment and especially to be able to report the correct number of visitors in advance to the catering!
You can register by emailing us (email@example.com) with how many people you will attend and their names.
The fee for attending the reunion including Indian buffet, coffee and drink is €35.00 per person, to be transferred to bank account: NL74 RABO 0319 4833 55 attn. Children of the 18th sqn NEI with reference "Reunion 2020".
November 28, 2019
Presentation Probus Bilthoven This day we were warmly welcomed in Bilthoven by Probus Bilthoven for giving a presentation about the 18th Sqn NEI, The Forgotten Liberators and a forgotten and unknown story. Thanks in part to Ankie van der Wind, we were allowed to tell "the story and its history", present our ambitions and explain our mission. A very special day with warm memories of a great group of enthusiastic listeners.
Probus Netherlands wants to promote togetherness and friendship of totally or almost entirely post-active persons of 65 years and older. The members have fulfilled a socially responsible position and value the regular meeting of each other. Everyone from a personal, intellectual and social background.
October 6, 2019
We were present at the Veterans ML-KNIL reunion in Bronbeek Arnhem. A very special day and lots of contacts!
11 September 2019
KLu Veterans reunion 2019 in Eindhoven. Today we were at the KLu veterans reunion for the second time at Eindhoven Air Base. After a successful year in 2018, we were again very welcome to be present. This time we really asked for attention; we got a stage! After we introduced ourselves to the public and told our mission as a foundation, the trailer for the documentary to be made was shown.
With fantastic cooperation from André Eilander from Orpheus Media the audience was caught by the challenge we face; the realization of an impressive documentary about the 18th Sqn NEI and the accompanying history, in which Freedom is central "The Forgotten Liberators"
With this impressive introduction we hope to open the eyes of many veterans and stakeholders. Our freedom, 75 years later. One would naturally say. But the freedom fighters in the Dutch East Indies should not be forgotten! After all, they also fought for our freedom, for Queen and Homeland.
August 14, 2019
Looking back. On August 14 this year, at the invitation of the National Remembrance Foundation, August 15, 1945, the board of our Foundation was present at the Binnenhof 1 for a special commemorative meeting for the 60 for affiliated organizations. The Children of the 18th sqn foundation. is one of the youngest member organizations! Our second year: 2019. The representatives, with the chairmen of the First and Second Chamber, were invited to attend the
This is the story of Anneke van Loggem-Kouwenhoven. She reminisces about her childhood in the then Dutch East Indies, her stays in Japanese camps there, and the years after that until her return in 1948 to a Netherlands that is virtually unknown to her. Anneke draws from her secret camp diary that she only dares to see for the first time at the end of her life. She has never before published camp drawings of her mother in her story, as well as photographs and excerpts from the correspondence with her later husband and the KNIL captain at the KNIL, Ros van Loggem. In 1945 navigator Ros and pilot Guus Hagers find their loved ones Anneke and Lienke in a spectacular way by flying over the Japanese camps with a Mitchell B-25 bomber and calling out their names. The story of the pilot is published in Een unwavering love by author couple Charles den Tex and Anneloes Timmerije. After Anneke accidentally encounters this publication and also recognizes part of her film scenario worthy of love history, Anneke tells her mirror story in a full-page article in the Volkskrant and in a broadcast by De Wereld Draait Door. Thanks to the many positive reactions, Anneke feels supported to publicly share her personal life story in "Toen ... Vroeger ..." In 2017, Anneke dies at the age of 94, shortly after she has entrusted her memories of the paper and her story has been filmed by documentary maker André Eilander.
July 6, 2019 Guus Hagers exhibition. "A Forgotten Hero"
Opening exhibition Guus Hagers, the Forgotten Hero of the 18th Sqn
Today the exhibition started about the life of Guus Hagers, pilot of the 18th Sqn..
His life story, his experiences, the liberation of his Lienke. It comes all together at the Military Tradition Museum in the town of Driebergen near Utrecht, The netherlands.
The opening was made in the presence of about 30 invited guests, of which also family van Lienke, a niece of Nienke as well as a cousin of Lienke, Jaap Weeda, but also the Children Foundation of the 18th Sqn NEI was present.
Guus Hagers, a man, a Hero and a top pilot! A special story!
Partly thanks to the excellent efforts of Goos Hageman and Max van Kleef, but also the great cooperation of the Military Tradition Museum, this exhibition has come about.
We recommend that anyone interested in the history of this Hero, or the history of the 18th Sqn, as well as the history of WW II with regard to the Dutch East Indies, visit the Military Tradition Museum!
Adres: Van Rijckevorselstraat 2
3972 ER Driebergen The Netherlands
T +31 5343-517588
14 and 15 June 2019 The Outdoor Days of the KLu in Volkel.
We were present! And how! Also thanks to the collaboration with Elmer Mesman. These were two excellent days where we could show and tell 'our story'. We were a stand with content. Not only selling books, pins and the like, but we were one of the few who could also tell something about the content. About the history, about the forgotten history! And without history no future!
Reunion 2018 was a great success!
Saturday, September 8, it was so far. The reunion of the Children of the 18th sqn NEI 2018. A great success, the attendance was again overwhelming, also many new faces !. This time held in the mess in 1940 at the Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport. A special pleasant, cozy and atmospheric environment. Almost everyone had included his or her (photo) books, stories and possible attributes. Soon the stories came loose.
There were guests from Canada and Australia, among others! Great speeches by John Deknatel and Peter Smythe, but also by Karen Pelder and Jan Hulscher to inform us about the research that is currently going on in the period 1945-1950.
Also a moment of silence, a moment of remembering and with thoughts of our fathers, grandfathers, uncles of the 18th sqn. who fought for our freedom! So that people will not forget!
By the Aviodrome well-groomed service, the 'blue bite' with drinks and appetizers, by the fantastic contribution of Elmer Mesman, by the efforts of all who contributed to the success of this day and as a bouncer a great poem by Jeroen Ward with a summary of this day presented in rhyme, we may conclude that this day may be named as very successful!
The photos are on the site! With thanks to our photographers Johan Lemmers and Robert Berger.
Speeches (bilingual) and documents come later. We are working hard on that now, for that we have to be patient!
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Mayor Jan Willem Wiggers of Hattem handed out 3 medals this afternoon to the family of the brothers Johan and Philip Burghard. It concerned the Honorary sign for Order and Peace and twice the Mobilization War Cross.
The medals have been awarded by the Defense to the brothers for their deployment in the Indies of the Royal Dutch East Indies Army (KNIL).
Walt Disney and the 18th sqn
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