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247 Squadron Crest
10.11.1943 No. 247 Squadron Typhoon Ib JP544 ZY-D F/O. Zuilecom

Operation: Noball

Date: 10th November 1943 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 247 Squadron (motto: 'Rise from the east')

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: JP544

Code: ZY-D

Base: RAF Merston

Location: Lyminster, West Sussex

Pilot: F/O. Herbert Langtree Van Zuilecom AUS/403774 RAAF Age 33. Killed


Taking off late, due to a refuelling delay on an attack against V-1 Launching sites.

Shortly afterward a 500 lb. bomb detached from the newly fitted bomb rack and exploded. The blast brought the aircraft down at about 14:45 hrs - killing the pilot.

Burial details:

F/O. Herbert Langtree Van Zuilecom. Woking Crematorium (St. Johns). Panel 5. Born on the 29th August 1910 at Katanning, Western Australia, the son of Herbert Dekinzinger Van Zuilecom and Muriel Elenor Van Zuilecom of Kojonup. Husband of Beatrice Van Zuilecom. of the Airman Hotel, Hayworth Road, Feltham. Middlesex, England. A Geophysical / Radio Mechanic prior to service. Enlisted on the 03rd March 1941 at Sydney. Trained on the Harvard and Yale aircraft. Flew Hurricanes with 43 and 247 Squadrons before converting to the Typhoon.

Page dedicated to relatives of this pilot. With thanks to Australian Archives for some of the details, for further details our thanks to the following sources.

KTY 16.05.2019

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