02 June 2021

An important research goal into 122(NEI)Squadron is finding names and photos of the squadrons’s crew. The general history of this Dutch P-51 Mustang fighter squadron is not easy to find. Compiling a list of names of it’s crew is a challenge.

First version: 2020-05-28
Updated 2021-09-07

* Update 2021-09-07: Addition to database without picture: David Soumokil

* Update 2021-08-19: Addition to database without picture: E. Hupe

* Update 2021-06-02: add Janssen. add picture to Berhitoe. Additions to database without picture: Dietvorst, de Rover, Dohmen

* Update 2020-10-22: add Benjamins, Berhitoe, van Dalen, van Galen, Langelo, Receveur, de la Rosière, Scholten, Verspoor.
Corrected Wolf C.W. (flight-mechanic), Wolf (tower operator)

Searchable crewlist table on datawrapper.


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Roel Bazuin

Generally speaking the Dutch don’t like to be remembered about their wars. It also seems difficult for the Dutch State to acknowledge that they extended WOII with 8 years [1][2]

17 VARWA (C-Patrol), a reconnaissance and artillery observation unit equipped with Piper Cups [3] [4], had 50-70 crew on Sumatra. 122(NEI)Squadron is estimated to have had 150 -200 crew managing 17 P-51 Mustang fighterplanes. Both units where based on airbase 11VB Polonia Medan.

Thanks to pictures and information of several people [5], we are now starting to put names on faces. Faces who would have been forgotten.

250 people of 'Luchtvaart Commando Sumatra' (LuCoSu) served between 1945 - 1950 for 122(NEI)Squadron, 17 Squadron VARWA, 7CieVT, 120sqn, 121sqn, 18sqn, 11VB Polonia and 13VB Padang have been found sofar [6].

49 of them now have a face and a name [5]. And I’m very happy to present them to you [7].

b25 n5 261 guit en allarts Allards S. mechanic 122sqn photos

P51 bastiaans Asjes H.C. pilot 122sqn photos

KNIL 99 Ave - - 122sqn photos

20200525144625 5cac6424 Bastiaans C.W. mechanic 2-VLG-IV,NEI-PEP,121sqn,122sqn photos

p51 122sqn crash van daalen 19470530 03 Benjamins P.A.C. Pilot commander 122sqn (rank captain) 122sqn,LuCoSu photo’s

KNIL 62 Becker - mechanic 122sqn photos photo’s

jan berhitoe xs Berhitoe J. mechanic 122sqn photo’s

KNIL 20 th Bruin, de - - 121sqn photos

GerarduServaas P51Mustang 1947 Copi /Kopi - armory 121sqn,122sqn photos

vdaalen guit allards47 Daalen, van L.C. pilot / observer flew first P51 to Medan; Crashed H-339 122sqn photo’s

Schermafbeelding 2018 11 15 Dam J.H. mechanic 122sqn photos

KNIL 85 Daniels - - 122sqn photos

KNIL 39 Deibel A.G. pilot 2-VLG-V,122sqn photos

KNIL 85 Durand G.E. mechanic 18sqn,121sqn photos

KNIL 92 Gagliardi - - 122sqn photos

20200611233401 7945626e me Galen, van J.B.J Vlieger Crashed jan 21 1949 17 VARWA C photos

KNIL 30 Gerardu S. mechanic 121sqn,122sqn photos

KNIL 39 Goosens F.J.P. pilot / observer 122sqn photos

KNIL 17 Gouldman - - 122sqn photos

.120 Guit B. mechanic 122sqn,120sqn photos

KNIL 39\ Haye H.L. pilot / observer 121sqn,122sqn photos

KNIL 99 Heemstede-Obelt, van J.H. mechanic 17 VARWA C photos

portret janssen mc 1950 122sqn Janssen, M.C. valschermvouwer 122sqn photos

KNIL 99 Jong, de D. Intelligence officer 122sqn, 11VB photos

KNIL 20 Kalden B. - 121sqn photos

KNIL 28 Kerkhoff M. - 17 VARWA C photos

KNIL 98 Krab E. armory 122sqn photos

KNIL 99 Langelo - supply 122sqn photos

KNIL 81 face01 Lenkering - - 122sqn photo’s

KNIL 103 Lokollo L.N. mechanic 17 VARWA C photos

KNIL 1 Metselaar - mechanic 122sqn photos

KNIL 99 Nieuwhuis - - 122sqn photos

knil 94 onkonken Onkonken - - 122sqn photo’s

Schermafbeelding 2018 11 15 Prins B. mechanic 120sqn,122sqn photos

Asjes and lt receveur medan 201048 Receveur H. pilot / observer 122sqn photo’s

KNIL 10 Rhoon, van M. mechanic 122sqn photo’s

KNIL 4 th Roode, de E. mechanic 122sqn photos

rosiere Rosière, de la C.H. - 17 VARWA C photo’s

KNIL 39 Samson E.E. - 122sqn photos

20200603225524 943edb72 Saya - mechanic 122sqn photos

KNIL 54 Scholten P. commander Z-Brigade photos

KNIL 77 Sliedrecht - mechanic 122sqn photos

KNIL 10 Stemerdink - mechanic 122sqn photos

KNIL 2 Stumpff F. (maybe) - pilot /Commander 120sqn photos

KNIL 10 Swaab - mechanic 122sqn photos

KNIL 22 Trier, van - - 122sqn photos

verspoor knil 54 Verspoor P. pilot 122sqn photos

Medan Lockheed Electra Vleugels - flight engineer 2-VLG-IV,NEI-PEP,120sqn photos

KNIL 4 th Wilde, de - - 122sqn photos

Medan Lockheed Electra Wolf C.W. (flight)mechanic 122sqn photos

KNIL 75 Wolf Toweroperator photo’s




Appx A: Behind the scenes

In the past few years I collected known names and relevant information from various sources in an OpenOffice [8] spreadsheet, including url’s for portraits and tags derived from Piwigo. Piwigo [9] is used as photoalbum.

names data
view of database

The database is filtered using pivot. URL’s to the portraits[7] and photo page are transformed into a format Asciidoc[10] can use.

names pivot
result pivot

The pivot results are exported to a .csv file:

image:https://www.roelbazuin.nl/photos/galleries/122sqn_portrets/Allards/b25_n5-261_guit_en_allarts.jpg[,150] Allards, mechanic, 122sqn, https://www.roelbazuin.nl/photos/index.php?/tags/13-allards[photos^]
image:https://www.roelbazuin.nl/photos/galleries/122sqn_portrets/Asjes/P51_bastiaans.jpg[,150] Asjes, pilot, 122sqn, https://www.roelbazuin.nl/photos/index.php?/tags/10-asjes[photos^]

The resulting .csv file is used to include it in this document like so:.


After rendering with Jbake[11], the .csv transforms into a 6 column table with portraits and names.