Neil Van Wyk

Military
media-20728.jpeg UPL 20728 Capt. Neil "Dutchie" Van Wyk, [Paterson, NJ]. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6772 VF-X "The Flying Dutchman". This a/c was transferred out to the 355th FG and eventually became W/W as L2-3 with the 479th FG.

Object Number - UPL 20728 - Capt. Neil "Dutchie" Van Wyk, [Paterson, NJ]. 336th Fighter Squadron. P-51B 43-6772 VF-X "The Flying Dutchman". This a/c was transferred out to the...

Captain Neil Van Wyk flew with both the 336th and 335th Fighter Squadrons.

One of the aircraft he flew was P-51B Mustang named 'Flying Dutchman'.



1-Jun-44 Designated Flight Commander B Flight

14-Jul-44 Designated Squadron Operations Officer

29-Nov-44 Designated Flight Commander C Flight



Awards: DFC, AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 x Battle Stars), American Campaign and Defense Medals.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Death Takes a Holiday
  • Unit: 36th Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron 53rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron
The nose art of a P-51 Mustang (WD-A, serial number 42-106911), nicknamed "Yipee Joe!" of the 335th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, flown by Major Mac McKennon. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'WD-A. 42-106911. McKennon's A/C. Source - J. Sills. KP.'
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Yipee Joe!
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Flying Dutchman
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Flying Dutchman
  • Unit: 479th Fighter Group 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 336th Fighter Squadron 434th Fighter Squadron 555th Fighter Training Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 21 June 1944
  • Official Description:

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Event Location Date Description

Born

Paterson, NJ 19 March 1914 Son of John Arnold Van Wyk.

Based

Assigned

Debden 10 October 1943 - 8 November 1944 Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Promoted

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 December 1943 Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Other

Promoted

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 13 February 1944 Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Other

Promoted

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 10 June 1944 Promoted to Captain.

Other

Transferred

Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 8 November 1944 - 27 February 1945 Transferred to 335FS, 4Fg, 8AF USAAF. End Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died

Naples, FL, USA 8 February 1979

Buried/ Commemorated

Trinity-By-The-Cove Episcopal Church Cemetery Naples, Collier County, FL 11 February 1979 Trinity-By-The-Cove Episcopal Church Cemetery Naples, Collier County, Florida

Revisions

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JCook Photo Collection & Archives

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Personal research & 'The Debden Eagles' by Garry L. Fry.

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Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

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Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

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Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

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Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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