Military Uniforms of Bernardus Swagerman (left) and Prince Bernhard (right) displayed at the Military Aviation Museum, Kamp Zeist (the Netherlands)
With in the middle a small statue of Prince Bernhard in his aviation uniform.
Johan Bernardus Swagerman (1917-1940) was a second lieutenant-observer in the Dutch Army Aviation Group (Luchtvaartafdeling or LVA).
He was commander-observer of the Fokker T.V (856) bomber that was shot down by the Germans on 13 May 1940
in an attempt to bomb the Moerdijk bridges in the Netherlands. The plane crashed near Ridderkerk and the entire crew perished.
Swagerman was posthumous nomination the Knight 4th class of the Military William Order (MWO.4) in May 1946.
Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld (1911-2004) later Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, was the husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and father of her four children, including the former Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix. During World War II the German-born prince was part of the London-based Allied war planning councils and saw active service as a Wing Commander (RAF) flying both fighter and bomber planes into combat. He was a Dutch General and Supreme Commander of the Dutch Armed forces, involved in negotiating the terms of surrender of the
German Army in the Netherlands. For proven bravery, leadership and loyalty during his wartime efforts he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Military William Order (MWO), the Netherlands' oldest and highest honour. After the War he was also made Honorary Air Marshal of the RAF by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1969, Bernhard was awarded the Grand Cross (Special Class) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The above photo shows his RAF uniform which he wore around 1944.