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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!


Important information regarding "whether or not extreme violence ML-KNIL 1945 - 1950

To read under the tab 18th squadron NEI / More about.


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

What is the link between Walt Disney and the 18th squadron?

Coert Munk tell you more about it..... take a look at More about



Our own You Tube channel!

Latest news: We opened our own YouTube channel we can fill up with films and presentations of the 18th sqn. Your films can also be placed there. Take a look!


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