Adventures of a Flying Dutchman

Rudolf J. Idzerda; 2006; Woodfield Publishing; soft cover; B5; 263 pages; b&w photos.

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Adventures of a Flying Dutchman

Rudolf J. Idzerda; 2006; Woodfield Publishing; soft cover; B5; 263 pages; b&w photos.

A beautifully translated version of a Dutch aviation classic. It was originally published in 2001 with a foreword by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.  Adventures of a Flying Dutchman is the memoirs of Rudolf Idzerda, who grew up in the Netherlands East Indies and at the start of the Pacific War was a navigator in a Dornier flying boat.  Evacuating via Broome, he then trained as a pilot in the USA before returning to the South West Pacific and joining 120 (NEI) Squadron. With this unit he flew P-40s in combat in New Guinea. His experiences included being shot down and parachuting into the jungle (indeed in his flying career Idzerda survived a total of three parachute jumps!). He served in the Dutch Naval Air Arm post-war, eventually retiring as a Rear Admiral. His extraordinary story includes flying Sea Fury fighters onboard the carrier Karel Doorman as well as early helicopters.  In the early 1960s he was again in combat over West New Guinea flying Neptunes against Indonesian forces – a little known campaign that included air-air combat!.   While his flying finally ended after introducing Sea Hawk jet fighters into service, Idzerda’s naval career continued as a high level officer at NATO headquarters in Brussels.  Retiring from the navy in the 1970s, Idzerda was a key figure in the setting up of the World Wild Life Fund which he worked for until 1984. This is a wonderful book reflecting an extraordinary life, full of interesting anecdotes.  For example before the war in the colonial NEI Idzerda would often go on hunting trips with his father, who once shot a rare Balinese tiger. The book includes the only known photo of this long extinct animal. Alongside amazing flying stories, another example of the many amusing anecdotes relates to the Ethiopian Fleet Review – a bizarrely lavish event at the height of the cold war that brought both Soviet and Western forces together.  Finally Idzerda spent a decade mixing with the rich and famous of many countries while setting up the WWF.

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Adventures of a Flying Dutchman