06.04.1943 N0: 609 Squadron Typhoon DN416 PR-P Sgt. van Nyevelt
Date: 06th April 1943 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 609 Squadron
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Manston
Location: North Sea off Dover
Pilot: Sgt. Baron Etienne Jean Marie van Zuylen Van Nyevelt 1424967 RAFVR Age 26. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a patrol the aircraft suffered engine failure at 12:00 hrs and the Belgian pilot was forced to ditch. He was seen to make a near perfect ditching but despite this he disappeared and neither his aircraft or body was recovered.
Above Memorial plaque (courtesy of Jef Pets) Text on the plate : "In memory of Olt. Baron Van Zuylen van Nyevelt, born 1916 deceased 1943. Fighter pilot of the 609 RAF Squadron. Fallen april 6th 1943."
Sgt. Baron Etienne Jean Marie Van Zuylen Van Nyevelt. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 168. Born in the Netherlands, in a village called Ginneken, on the 26th May 1916. Later he and his family moved to Kessel (Belgium).Son of Baron Jean van Zuylen van Nyevelt and Baroness Marie van Zuylen van Nyevelt (née van de Werve), of Kessel, Antwerp, Belgium. He became a military aviator in January 1940. Escaped to England via Portugal and joined the RAF.
Researched by Jef Pets for Aircrew Remembered April 2017 and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below: