Children of the 18e sqn NEI RAAF

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September 22nd 2020

Soon, October 4, the board will start the preparations for the planned reunion of the Children of the 18th Sqn NEI. Still scheduled for April 3, 2021 in Bronbeek Arnhem The Netherlands. As soon as we have more information you will be informed. The invitations will be sent out at the end of this year. 


August 31st 2020

On this date we received an impressive document about the deployment of Willem Adrianus Torn who died 1944 and was found in 1989 in Australia. One of the many brave men of the 18th Sqn NEI. A story like so many. A document as a reminder and memory of Willem Adrianus Torn and especially for those who gave their lives for our freedom, Queen and Fatherland. Lest we forget, in commemoration of 75 years of liberation!


Willem A Torn
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July 10th  2020

 Make a note in your calendars: Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Reunion Children of the 18th sqn NEI will be on Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Bronbeek, Arnhem in The Netherlands!

You will receive more information during the year and the invitations will be apply early 2021. We hope to expect you on this special day at the Estate of Bronbeek in Arnhem in The Netherlands! Hopefully until then!

Special to mention is Saturday April 24th 2021 the reunion of the 18th Sqn NEI (RAAF) will take place in Australia, one day before 'Anzac March Tradition', the organization behind the 18th Sqn NEI (RAAF) will be present on this event as well. 


April 17th 2020


Over the past two years, we have endeavored to spread the history of the 18th sqn worldwide by supporting the further development of the documentary about the Liberators and the history of the 18th Sqn NEI. As a Foundation, we were dependent on subsidies and donations to generate financial resources to support the production of the desired documentary. We have received a large number of private donations to the documentary, but the requested necessary subsidies from various funds and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport have unfortunately not yielded anything.

As a foundation, we do not meet 2 important conditions to qualify for a subsidy, namely that it must be linked to historiography in Europe / The Netherlands (unfortunately the former Dutch East Indies and Australia are not included) and the target group of our foundation is the “children of veterans” and thus does not meet the conditions of foundations and agencies representing “veterans”.

The high expectations and enthusiasm of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu) were quickly tempered and ultimately yielded nothing.

That is why the Foundation has decided not to pay any further attention to obtaining donations and applying for subsidies for the creation of the desired documentary.

This is not to say that we are giving up, but since we are financially dependent on third parties to produce a documentary like the Foundation, we want to put this initiative on hold for now, perhaps for better times.

We will remain active for our Children of the 18th Sqn.! We will undertake various activities where we as a Foundation have (financial) control. Such as organizing the reunions, giving lectures, our identity we represent to others such as the reunion of the KNIL, we are one of the affiliated organizations of the National Remembrance Foundation August 15, 1945. As well as maintaining the relationships by sea. And we would like to work on small-scale exhibitions.

For this, the following request: donations for the documentary are stopped, you no longer need to donate for the realization for a documentary.

But, beside of that, donations and gifts directly to our foundation of course are very welcome. With these donations and gifts, we can still organize the desired activities for the benefit of our Foundation and continue its objective:

Remembering the many fathers who fought during WW II and shortly afterwards in the 18th squadron NEI for our Freedom, our Queen and our Nation.


March 19 2020

April 4, 2020 reunion postponed to Spring 2021!


Dear Children of the 18th Sqn NEI, invitees,

Unfortunately today March 19, 2020 the board of the Foundation Children of the 18th Sqn NEI had to make a decision, to postpone the Reunion Children of the 18th Sqn NEI from April 4, 2020 to the spring of 2021.

This as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic outbreak.

The reason for this suspense is the uncertainty whether a reunion can take place in the autumn of 2020. We cannot offer you the guarantee for a planning in the autumn of 2020, because our goal and terms of conditions to want to organize a full and well-organized reunion for you, is not possible. Also, given the uncertainty of how long the epidemic will continue, we cannot give any guarantees for autumn 2020.

As soon as a new date is set in the spring of 2021, we will notify you as soon as possible. Also follow us on social media and our site.

We trust that you understand this decision; the health of all of us is most important. If you have any questions regarding this message, you can mail your questions to:


For those who have already made a financial contribution towards registering the reunion, you will soon receive an email from us with possible financial options in the short term.  

On behalf of the board of the Children's Foundation of the 18th Sqn NEI



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"


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!


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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