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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Captain Bert van Sloten, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in WWII, has died at 105:

With the Nazi invasion of Holland in May 1940, van Sloten was drafted into the Royal Dutch air force, and, flying a DC3 Dakota transport, brought a Dornier Do-17 bomber down on a German arm-oured unit, destroying at least eight tanks. He usually denied the feat, though after a few glasses of Bols and Grolsch would sometimes murmur, “Maybe I blew up six of the bastards!”

A twist in the story: in WWI, van Sloten was awarded the Iron Cross First Class.

UPDATE. Much doubt in comments over Bert’s believability. Bert may be bogus.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/21/2005 at 07:40 AM
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