Pieter is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park, or on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.


Born: 29th May 1917, North Brabant, Netherlands.

Died: 8th February 1943; age: 25; killed on a photograph reconnaissance mission off Holland.

Residence: ‘Brabant’ Sproughton, Suffolk.

Station at RAF Benson, South Oxfordshire from the 28th July 1940, with 541 Squadron.


Rank: Squadron Leader/Pilot; Service Number: 40190.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 541 Squadron.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 292.

Runnymede Memorial,

Englefield Green,



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


Brother to John Peter Marie van der Heijden.


Father: Pieter Hendrik John van der Heijden, born November 1886, Oudenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands – died 1949, ‘Brabant’, Sproughton, Suffolk. Superintendent – Beet Sugar Factory.

Mother: (Nelly) Cornelia Fredericka van der Heijden (nee Augustijn), born March 1891.


Pieter attended Ipswich School.


On the 19th March 1937, Pieter 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.


Johan Pieter Marie van der Heijden.

Maria Dymphina Cornelia van der Heijden, born June 1920.

Pieter Henrik Johan van der Heijden.

Pieter Robert Maire van der Heijden.


Probate to Pieter Hendrick Johan van der Heijden – father, of ‘Brabant’ Sproughton, Suffolk. A works manager.


Both Pieter & John are remembered on the war memorial at All Saint’s Church, Sproughton, Suffolk, and on their parents headstone at Ipswich New Cemetery.


8th February 1943

Aircraft: Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk IV; serial number: BP881; code: ES-B. The Spitfire took-off from R.A.F. Benson, South Oxfordshire at 10:30hrs, on a photograph reconnaissance mission to Rotterdam. At 11:45hrs, 15km west-northwest of Hoek van Holland the aircraft was shot down by an Focke-Wulf 190 A-4, the 6th victory for Oberfeldwebel Georg Hütter, of the 5th Staffel, Jagdgeschwader 1 unit, who had taken off from Woensdrecht airfield between the villages of Woensdrecht and Huijbergen, North Brabant, Netherlands.


Oberfeldwebel Georg Hütter an experienced pilot, with 14 victories of Soviet and Allied aircraft was KiA on the 26th December 1944, providing support to the German Army in the Bastogne area of Belgium.



Both brothers are commemorated on the village memorial in Sproughton Church

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One comment on “PIETER ROBERT MARIE van der HEIJDEN
  1. Kelvin Dakin says:

    Both brothers are commemorated on the village memorial in Sproughton Church

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