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SMALL WORLD !
Rolf Janssens was my bridgepartner from 2010 until he died in 2017. He had a great sense of humour.
For Guilherme: I'm a grandson of Henrietta Friedheim, and a nephew to Bodo Sandberg. It would be a great pleasure for me to exchange data (are you possibly related to Max F.?). Hope that this message reaches you...
Hello I'm working on my genealogical tree and bodo Sandberg is part of it, being the son of Henrietta Friedheim.
I would like to know if you could help me to develop this part of the tree.
I have more information on this mother's side of the family, but not much about his father.
I'm glad the MDHA is focused on the Dutch Pilots that trained in Jackson.
Mississippi's World War II History is much neglected.
I would love to help with this project.
I work at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson and we are currently researching the Dutch fliers who trained here during the war. I'm very impressed with the information you have here. It's good to know that there are others working on this important and untold story!
It is very good to know that warbirds are preserved, and even better to know that uncle Bodo, that is what I always called him, flew one of the last ones. He may have flown ship 3069 as well? He was a flight instructor after all.
Best regards, Ferry van der Geest jr.
WOW, owning and flying the last of the 24 Beechcraft AT-11's used by the RNMFS is very special indeed!! And what a coincidence that yours is serial number 42-3069, while the one my Dad flew during WW-II was serial number 42-3070! He would have LOVED to see, and fly, yours!
Maybe, one day, I can do that in his stead?? CT is not too far from NC...
I ran across this site while trying to find information on my airplane. I own and fly the last of the 24 Beechcraft AT-11's used by the RNMFS. Mine is serial number 42-3069. I was blown away when I saw the pictures here of serial number 42-3070!
those brave young guys, during frightening times,
but it is to them that we should be grateful.
Adriaan Manschot, a family member, also came here for pilot training, and he was later stationed in England squadron 320, at Lasham, and Dunsfold.
on a card with his photo, which he sent to his family in Holland, and which apparently arrived in good shape, he appears very proud to be, and receive his training in the USA, like he wanted to say " mom and dad, dont worry I am in good hands here".
he died on 9th febr 1945, his plane crashed in Tienen, Belgium, without ever seeing back one of his familymembers, and experience piece, where he was fighting for.
this is a great site, thanks for the interesting information
Wat een prachtig verhaal! Als 12 jarig overbuurjongetje luisterde ik vaak naar Bodo en zijn vliegeravonturen! Deze verhalen maakte dermate veel indruk op mij dat ik besloot om ook jachtvlieger te worden, hetgeen ook lukte....In 1992 heb ik één van mijn ruwhaar teckels "Bodo" genoemt, want alle teckels werden naar beroemde jachtvliegers gnoemd en daar hoorde zeker een Bodo bij!
Met vriendelijke groet,
Ferry van der Geest jr.