This month we have heard from Robert van Staveren in Holland who is trying to find out more information about his second cousin who arrived at Cardington in 1945.
“I'm searching for information about my second (Dutch) cousin who went to Cardington in 1945. His name was Jan Verrijt. He got of course his English wings, and later his Dutch wings, pinned on by Prince Bernard.
From May 1945 until June 1947 he was at R.A.F. Cardington and Bridgenorth for ground school, and Wolverhampton for Tiger Moth training, then Spitalgate (Grantham) for Texan A-6 (Harvard training) and combat flying. From June 1947 he was at Airbase Twenthe in The Netherlands for B-25 Bomber training and later was flying photo reconnaissance missions in Indonesia. In September 1949 he was discharged with honour as first Lt.
On the picture with the Tiger Moth, he is second standing from the right.
Those are the things that I know from the letters he wrote to me, I don’t have his military reg. number or a date of birth. I can’t ask him anymore, since he and his wife passed away a couple of years ago.”
If anyone remembers Jan Verrijt please get in touch so Robert can learn more about his cousin. Thank you.