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Bernet, Louis

Date of birth:
April 29th, 1920 (Soerabaja/Java, Dutch East Indies)
Date of death:
July 23rd, 2016 (Arnhem, the Netherlands)
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)


Louis Bernet was born in Surabaja, Dutch East-Indies on 29th April 1920. In 1941 he started his flying courses on the Fokker F.XIV and Dornier Do 24. After other courses in the United States and Canada he ended up in Great Brittain.
He flew the Lockheed Hudson with No. 320 Squadron and was transferred to No. 2 Group, Bomber Command on 15th March 1943 where he was stationed at the Methwold Station and Attlebridge Station. After this he flew 71 operational sorties with the North American B-25 Mitchell.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
No. 320 (Dutch) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1944
"During considerable time with the 320th Squadron R.D.N.A.S. of Our Fleet Air arm in the United Kingdom, in war sorties against the enemy, having shown courage, competence, obstinacy and devotion to duty."
258th Award.
Royal Decree No. 7, dated 10th August 1944.
Vliegerkruis (VK)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received with the clasps “NEDERLAND MEI 1940” and “OORLOGSVLUCHTEN 1940-1945”.
Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)
Indonesian National Revolution (1945-1949)
Awarded with three clasps.
Ereteken voor Orde en Vrede
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de Zeemacht, 36 jaar
Kruis voor betoonde marsvaardigheid
Draaginsigne Veteranen


  • Photo 1: familie
  • Photo: Family
  • - Meijer H.G., Vis R., Het Vliegerkruis, Voor initiatief, moed en volharding, De Bataafsche Leeuw, Amsterdam, 1997, ISBN 9067073474
    - "Brons", Nr 63, 18e Jaargang, uitgave van de Vereniging Dragers Militaire Dapperheidsonderscheidingen 2009