Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Pierre Taquet- Translation: Marc Arys
© sbap 2019
  

Once the landing in Normandy was over, the intention was to kick the Germans out of France and then out of Belgium.
From June 8 on, the BBC called upon the resistant's groups to take action against the German occupying forces. The broadcasted message from London to the 'underground' operators was: "Le Roi Salomon a mis ses gros sabots !" (King Solomon has put on his big boots !), starting attacks in support of the allied invasion forces and to prevent the destruction of the Antwerp harbour. From August 25th, it was clear that the invader was just seeking to hastily evacuate the Belgian territory.
On Sunday September 3rd, the armoured tanks of General Montgomery effected a striking breakthrough from Valenciennes to Brussels. The next day they reached Antwerp, of which the harbour had miraculously been saved from destruction by highly motivated resistance groups.
Until then, the Colonel Piron brigade , made up of some 3.000 men, trained in England, had pushed through along the Normandy coast towards Le Havre. She received the order to move on and crossed the capital city on September 4th, raising the joy of the Belgians to a climax.
Belgium was freed within weeks and a fast liberation of Holland was hoped for, until difficulties in the fuel supplies of the Allies, would hamper their momentum. Not admitting his defeat, Hitler was secretly preparing a last counter-attack, which would, once more, bring bloodshed to the Belgian Ardennes.
It has been 75 years, that the port city, located at the estuary of the Schelde, had been liberated from the rules of the Reich and to commemorate this anniversary, various festivities were organized. Including, on Saturday September 7th a naval and aerial fly-past overhead the docks of this much coveted port. 

The aerial fly-past included veterans, such as the Spitfire Mk IX from the KLU, the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc recently arrived in Belgium, the Bristol Belnheim Mk I from ARCO at Duxford and the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sally B" also from Duxford.
The ambassadors of the Belgian Air Force, the "Red Devils" joined the party as well as the F-16AM and C-130H, proudly wearing the black and white invasion stripes. This was certainly an unforgettable moment for the numerous visitors on the docks.
All these magnificent aircraft, ancient and modern, were based at Deurne airport, next to the capital city of the diamonds, and to perfect this celebratory weekend, a fly-in/airshow was organized on Sunday. A beautiful day with ancient glories gracing the skies, while keeping the commercial traffic on the airport going.
In short, a perfectly organized event by the airport personnel, even allowing a skydiving demonstration on a commercially operated airport. Well done and good show guys !
During the after-noon the visitors could admire Spitfire, Hurricane, Blenheim, Flying Fortress, Yak and Boomerang. For the aerobatic part, our "Red Devils" and the "Victors" took the honours.
This day also gave the occasion to emphasize on the launch of a new airline company : Air Antwerp, with the first commercial flight scheduled on Monday September 9th, flying a former VLM Fokker 50, from Antwerp to London City. We wish all the luck to this newcomer within the Belgian commercial aviation branch.
So here you have a photographic overview of this, kind of unusual, event, brilliantly done by the organizers.
SBAP wishes to thank the authorities of the Deurne airport, the members of ASA as well as the Stampe & Vertongen museum team for their welcome and support during our stay.
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Preparing the site for the great show of the day: The control...
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...the firemen...
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...the airport inspection...
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...and the technicians
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Potez CM-170R Fouga Magister
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He already has the cockpit in the clouds
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Stampe & Vertongen SV-4bis
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The glorious Belgian Air Force 60's
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Rear pilot office
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Bomber over Antwerpen
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T-6 canopy
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Big screw for a big bird
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Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXc
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Face to face with Merlin the enchanter
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A certain resemblance with the Cogea Nouvelle era
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Hawker Hurricane Mk IV, nice to have so warbird in Belgium
(Serge Van Heertum©)
When clouds play with hurricane
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The Belgian Air Force C-130H CH-11...
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...a star with stripes
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September 9th, the new Air Antwerp Company launched a first commercial flight
And that with a lot of charm
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A new logo in the Belgian aeronautical landscape
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(Serge Van Heertum©) The first company aircraft is a former VLM Fokker F;50
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(Serge Van Heertum©) Good luck for the future to Air Antwerpen
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Embraer ERJ-190STD from TUI Airlines Belgium
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Pilatus PC-12/47E from EAPC (European Aircraft Private Club) (OO-PCI)
(Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang (N620CM)
(Pierre Taquet©)
Pilatus PC-12/47E from EAPC (European Aircraft Private Club) (OO-PCM)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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Cessna P337H Skymaster (N330LC)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Beechcraft King Air 200C (S.A. Air Service Liege) (OO-ASL)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign from Stephex (OO-SXX)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Socata TBM-700N (N500RW)
(Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
TUI Belgium operations
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Arrival at Antwerpen-Deurne (OO-JVA)
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Embraer ERJ-190STD (OO-TEA)
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OO-JVA at ake off
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Embraer ERJ-190STD (OO-JEB)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
OO-TEA en route for the next destination
(Pierre Taquet©)
OO-JEB at take off
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The "Red Devils" 2019 version 4321..."Papy", "Al", "Meel" & "Jean"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Inferno past and the present
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With half century logo
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The "Reds" in action
(Pierre Taquet©)
Our pilots are thin blades (like the Wilkinson)
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Because I was inverted...he "Papy"!
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Ready for a line astern pass
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"Papy" on the runway
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"Jean" the leader of the Belgian Air Force ambassadors
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Potez CM-170R Fouga Magister display
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
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Simply magical to be able to see him flying again in Belgium
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The Stampe formation flight (OO-BPL) former V-52
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The former V-42 (OO-WIL)
(Pierre Taquet©)
Nine planes above the airfield
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The "Red Devils" leaving the airport heading the airshow of Lens
N°1 "Jean" - N°2 "Meel" - N°3 "Al" - N°4 "Papy"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sally B" display
(Pierre Taquet©)
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Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXc display
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
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Bristol Blenheim Mk I display
(Pierre Taquet©)
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John Romain at commands
(Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Yakovlev Yak-3 U-PW dual display with...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Commonwealth CA-13 Boomerang
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)
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Hawker Hurricane Mk IV display
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)
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Lockheed 12A Electra Junior display
(Pierre Taquet©)
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North American T-28C Trojan
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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The "Victors" team and their Piper PA-28 Cherokee
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The final split...
(Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Demonstration of free fall
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) Cessna U206G Stationair
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(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)
And the Belgian Air Force Lockheed C-130H CH-11 as final of this very successful day to commemorate the liberation in 1944
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 

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