Name:  Bosch, Jan Willem Theodore
Date of birth: June 29th, 1915
Date of death:  2003 (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Nationality:  Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)
Jan Bosch left school after his exam in 1934. Although he went studying, he always wanted to fly. He stopped his study Indian Law to become a pilot in the Dutch Army.

When war broke out on 10th May 1940, Bosch was pilot with 1e Jachtafdeling at De Kooy airbase near Den Helder. When he later was demobilised he followed courses with the KLM to start working there. Still he was eager to fight again and tried to flee to England. After several failed attempts he succeeded to go to England through Switserland on 15th February 1943.
Although to old for flying eith the RAF, he kept pressing on and flew for the first time in active duty again during D-Day. Jan Bosch became Mosquito pilot with the "Pathfinders" an took part in 61 bomber missions.

After the war he flew with the KLM and in 1961 for a short period was head of the historical section of the Dutch Airforce.

30th October 1937: Reserve-tweede-Luitenant Vlieger;
30th October 1941: Reserve Eerste-Luitenant;
15th May 1948: Reserve Kapitein.
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Unit: No. 139 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on: June 11th, 1944
Details: Permission to wear the decoration by Royal Decree No. 50, dated 10th August 1946.
Rank: Reserve-tweede Luitenant Vlieger
Unit: No. 139 Squadron
Awarded on: September 22nd, 1945
Action: Received for warsorties over Western Europe.
Details: 439th Award.
Royal Decree No. 27, dated 22nd September 1945.
Rank: Reserve-Eerste Luitenant Vlieger
Unit: 1e Jachtafdeling
Awarded on: November 4th, 1948
Action: For air battles from 10th until 13th May 1940 over De Kooy, Waalhaven and the Grebbeline.
Details: 577th Award.
Royal Decree No. 12, dated 4th November 1948.
Second Vliegerkruis received as a number "2" for on the ribbon of the first Vliegerkruis.
Details: Received with two clasps.
1939-1945 STAR
WAR MEDAL 1939-1945
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Picture source:   - De Nederlandse Luchtmacht in Mei 1940
Information source(s):   - MEIJER, H.G. & VIS, R., Het Vliegerkruis, De Bataafsche Leeuw, Amsterdam, 1997.
- The Dutch Medals Page
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