The crew & passengers of the diamond dakota
Captain Ivan Smirnoff- Flying ace. Russian world War 1 credited with 11 aerial victories. Pilot for KLM in the Netherlands pioneering the Europe to South East Asia route setting world records.
Find out more here. http://flyingworld.dk/Smirnoff/
Johannes Van Tuyn- 18 months, injured at Carnot Bay March 1942, probable cause of death, dehydration
Joop Blaauw - Mechanic - shot and killed at Carnot Bay March 1942
G. D. Brinkman (Dick) - survived, last recorded living in Canada 1967
Lt Pieter Cramerus: - Pilot- injured but survived and led a rescue party. Lives in the USA. Click here to hear his story.
Heinrick M. Gerrits - survived the attack but later died in The Netherlands in 1978.
Daan Hendriks- Pilot- shot and killed at Carnot Bay, march 1942
Johann 'Neef 'Hoffman- Co-pilot, whereabouts unknown
Joe Muller- Radio Operator- died in the Netherlands in 1972
Sgt Leon Vanderburg- Pilot - survived and later died in Australia in 1975
Hendrick Van Romondt - whereabouts unknown
Maria Van Tuiyn Van Geeloovan- shot and killed at Carnot Bay, March 1942
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LEST WE FORGET
Pieter Cramerus survived the ordeal at Carnot Bay. He was rescued and taken to the mission at Beagle Bay. In 2016 he celebrated his 100th birthday in Denver Colorado
26-year-old, Maria Van Tuiyn Van Geeloovan was nursing her 18 month old boy, Johannes Van Tuiyn when she was shot through the cockpit window of the DC-3. The toddler survived the shooting and crash landing but would later die of dehydration on the beach at Carnot Bay, Western Australia.