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Sgt Bernard Jose "Bep" van der Linde
Birth: Sep. 27, 1916
Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Aug. 19, 1944
Maluku, Indonesia

Information from Jac Engels, Researcher in the Netherlands: 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion []:

"Bep was a Wireless Telegraph Operator on a North American B-25 Mitchell with nr. N5-210 in the 18th Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force. When Japan occupied the Netherlands East Indies a lot of Dutch people fled to Australia and Air Force service members joined the R.A.A.F.
The crew on this mission was 6 people, 5 Dutch and 1 Australian."

From a letter to his wife Jane from the Military Attache of the Netherlands Embassy:

"News was received from Batavia about your husband Sgt B.J. van der Linde, who died on a mission with a Mitchell bomber N.5-210 on August 19, 1944."

"This plane, of which your husband was a crewmember, was shot down by heavy ack-ack fire and crashed after a vertical dive in shallow waters about 100 yards out of the coast of Wearlilir (Key-Islands). The plane broke in two parts and the back-part of it is lying in rather deep water, about 7 feet at low tide. The current in this part of the sea (Rosenbergstraat) is very strong and this is the reason why the remains of two crewmembers, which are still in this part of the plane, cannot be removed."

The remains of all six crewmembers, including Bep's were finally found and buried at the War Cemetery at Ambona. This cemetery is especially for those who gave their lives for their country during World War II.

The other crewmembers who died with Beppie on that terrible day:

Lt. H.J. Spoel
Lt. P. van Straalen
Lt. C. Riemens
Sgt. J. C van Polanen Petel
Fl.Sgt. D.V. Webley
Family links: 
Salomon Simon van der Linde (1884 - 1943)
  Fijge Samiljan van der Linde (1887 - 1966)
  Abraham van der Linde (1909 - 1943)*
  Bernard Jose van der Linde (1916 - 1944)
*Calculated relationship
Ambon War Cemetery
Maluku, Indonesia
Plot: 9.D.8-11(Coll)
Created by: Daddys♥Girl
Record added: Jan 13, 2012
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Sgt Bernard Jose Bep van der Linde
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Sgt Bernard Jose Bep van der Linde
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Sgt Bernard Jose Bep van der Linde
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Hi Bep, I'm working on getting a copy of your grave marker. I hope it'll be possible; you are so far away and we aren't able to visit you in person. Your niece Simona (Abraham's daughter) and I are in contact, and I know her children & grandchildren too...(Read more)
- Love, Cousin Sue
 Added: Nov. 21, 2015
Wish I could have met you Bep. I love you. xoxo
- Love, Sue
 Added: Aug. 19, 2014

- Esther Kinder
 Added: Aug. 17, 2014
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