- Willem Frederik Anceaux was born on 27
november 1912 in Rotterdam. Before the Second World War he worked as a
pilot for the K.L.M.
- On 13 may 1940 only a small number of Dutch
airplanes were operational. At about 04.30 hrs the order was given to
destroy the Moerdijkbridges in an attempt to stop the German advance in
The Netherlands. There was only one bomber available at the time, a
Fokker T-5 (serial 856). The bridges were captured by German
parachutists and German ground troops were on their way to the bridges.
- At about 05.05 the T-5, with a fighter escort
of 2 Fokker G-1's, took off from Schiphol airfield. Anceaux was the
pilot of the T-5. They reached the bridges, but where then attacked by 8
German Messcherschmitt Me-109's. According to witnesses the bombs were
dropped but missed their targets. On the way back the T-5 and one of the
G-1's were shot down near Ridderkerk. The remaining G-1 landed safely
back at Schiphol around 06.00 hrs. The official report of Anceaux's unit
says one bomb was dropped and during a second run the T-5 was shot
- The entire crew of 5 men of T-5 856 was
killed. Their names are: Bernardus Swagerman (commander), Willem
Frederik Anceaux (pilot), Olaf Waldemar Douwes Dekker (co-pilot), Gerrit
Arnold van Riemsdijk (wireless operator) and Joachem Wijnstra
- Hauptmann Karl Ebbinghausen of Jagdgeschwader
26 claimed he shot down both Dutch aircraft in het Me-109. It is said
his Me-109 is now on display in Duxford, England.