JOHN PETER MARIE van der HEIJDEN

Name at birth – Johan Pieter Marie van der Heijden

Born: Netherlands.

Died: 10th November 1945; Crashed near Wheaton Aston Airfield, Staffordshire.

London Gazette – 1st September 1945 – Flight Sergeant – R.A.F.V.R.

Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 200908.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

 

Grave Reference:

X.F.2.25.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs P.H.J. van der Heijden.

 

Father: Pieter Hendrik John van der Heijden, born 1886, Netherlands – died 1949, ‘Brabant’, Sproughton, Suffolk.

Mother: Nelly van der Heijden.

 

On the 19th March 1937, John and his father & siblings (originally from the Netherlands) took British Nationality. They were listed in the London Gazette on the 6th April 1937.

Pieter Hendrik Johan van der Heijden, a Manager; residence – Sproughton Road, Sproughton.

Children:

Johan Pieter Marie van der Heijden

Maria Dymphina Cornelia van der Heijden

Pieter Henrik Johan van der Heijden

Pieter Robert Maire van der Heijden.

 

10th November 1945

 

Aircraft – de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR.Mk 34; Serial Number: RG204 of the Radar Controlled Air Survey Unit. Controls lost and broke up in the air following the failure of the starboard engine on a radar calibration flight. John was killed. The Navigator bailed out successfully.

 

John’s bother, Pieter Robert Maria van der Heijden, of ‘Brabant’, Sproughton, also lost his life – ranked a Squadron Leader/Pilot, 40190, of the Royal Air Force, 541 Squadron. Killed 8th February 1943. Taking off from RAF Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, he failed to return from a photo reconnaissance mission to Rotterdam in a Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk IVT. Pieter is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, panel 292.

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