van Daalen, L.C. - Leo
pilot /observer

flew one of the first first P51 to Medan 12 november 1946

Crashed H-339 on 30-05-1947
Lijst gevallenen 122sqn

1921 - 1947

Leo was born on May 23, 1921 in Bergen op Zoom. He serves with the Military Aviation of the KNIL in the Dutch East Indies and resides in Bandoeng. When the 122 squadron is founded on November 1, 1946, Leo is one of the pilots who are part of this. In mid-November, the first aircraft from Tjililitan will be flown to the new Polonia base at Medan in North Sumatra.

Due to the revolutionary violence of the Indonesian struggle for independence, Leo is used in these years to restore peace and Dutch authority. As a sergeant pilot observer, he makes reconnaissance flights above Sumatra.

On December 16, 1946, Leo had to make an emergency landing due to an engine failure. He makes a favorable belly landing in a rice field, but in the middle of enemy territory. However, he was dismayed and returned to base two hours later, leaving the plane behind.

On the morning of May 30, 1947, Leo with his Mustang P-51 participates in a "follow the leader" exercise over Medan, when his aircraft ends up in a toll flight (or vrille) at low altitude for unknown reasons. Rotating around all its axes quickly loses height. If there is still enough height, the device can be stabilized again by taking a dive, but Leo is then too close to the ground and crashes. His body was found crushed and burned. Leo has turned 26 and finds his final resting place at the Dutch War Cemetery Leuwigajah in Cimahi.

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