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Leonardus Maria Johan Ballangée

Servicenumber :
Rank : Korporaal (Corporal)
Regiment : 2e Luchtvaartregiment
Unit : 3e afdeling, 5e groep
Date of Death : 10-05-1940
Age : 20
Grave : Row 6A. Grave 19.
Leonardus Maria Johan Ballangée was born on 6 november 1919 in Terborg.
Ballangée was killed in Vlaardinger-Ambacht. He was the gunner Douglas 8A3N no. 393. The aircraft was badly damaged in flight and the crew bailed out. The plane then crashed into a burning oiltank near Vlaardingen. Because both crewmembers, Ballangée and pilot Harry Pauw, bailed out at a low altitude their parachutes didn't open in time and they were both killed. 
On 6 may 1946 he was posthumously awarded the Vliegerkruis. According to the citation he behaved courageous during one or more flights as part of the crew of a Douglas aircraft in air battles with the enemy, who greatly outnumbered him, above Ypenburg airfield on 10 may 1940.  
Picture: 13-09-2016
 
Sources: Website Oorlogsgravenstichting, website www.zuidfront-holland1940.nl and website www.studiegroepluhtoorlog.nl 

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