Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch)

The following name(s) were compiled from the list at The National Archives of the U.K. of Dutch helpers of Allied airmen and other military personnel during World War II who were trying to evade capture by the Germans.  The names have been sorted by city and town.  For a further discussion of the list and caveats relating to its use, click here.
  • v.d. Berk, Wilhelmus W., Paraleleweg 16             (NIL)
  • v.d. Broek, Johannes L., Wigenstr. 59                   (6)
  • v.d. Donck, Carel A.V., Koningsweg 31                  (NIL)
  • Gielen, D.N.P.M., Kruisstr. 18                                  (5)
  • Glaudemans, H.A., Kolperstr. 30                            (5)
  • Gombert, Miss Anny, Sym. Pelgromstr.  35          (NIL)
  • Hermsen-Ketelaar, J.M., Graafscheweg 154        (NIL)
  • v. Houwelingen, J.W., Breede Haven 27               (5)
  • v. Kraam, Joh. Ger. Mar., Twaalforgestr. 45        (NIL)
  • Macklenbergh, Jan, Bekellaan 20                           (NIL)
  • Prinsen, no first name, RNA’s                                 (5)
  • Pijnenburg, Laurentius, Koninginnelaan 49          (6)
  • Remmers, M.C.J.J., Hotel Nord-Brabant (later Graafseweg 95)  (5)
  • v. Rosmalen, Daniel, Verwerstr. 21                       (NIL)
  • Schellekens, Sophia, Ysselsteinstr 15                     (5)
  • v. Schyndel, Johannes, Torenstr. A104                 (6)
  • Thomas, Carl P.N., Jan Heinstr. 10                         (6)

2 responses to “Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch)

  1. Hi- we are currently staying in this house

    Do you have any more info? Thanks Jon

    Pijnenburg, Laurentius, Koninginnelaan 49

    • Dear Mr. Clemmetsen,

      I think the most useful source of information for you about what was taking place in your house during WWII will be the “helper file” of Laurentius Pijnenburg that probably was compiled by Allied military intelligence after the Liberation.  I suggest that you first go to the following page on this website, https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/research/national-archives-research/airmen-helper-questionnaires/.  You will find information on the questionnaires used by Allied military intelligence to learn what each person did who helped Allied airmen who were shot down.  Not only you may find the names of Allied airmen helped by Mr. Pijenburg, but you may also find who brought the airmen to him and also who he passed the airmen on to in the escape line.  Then I suggest you read “History of the Holland Office” on this website at https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/govt-reports/history-of-the-holland-office-6801-mis-x-det/.  Next, you will want to contact the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.  The World War II records are housed there.  See below.

      To know what you want to order from National Archives II, go to https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/research/national-archives-research/dutch-helper-files-by-box-number/ on this website.  You will see that the location of Dutch helper files is UD 183: MIS-X Files – Holland, 1945-1947.  The stack location is 290/55/23-26/5-1, boxes 750-890.   And if you scroll down the list of box numbers, you will see that the box that I first thought contains the file on Mr. Pijnenburg is Box 822 Pietekamp-Poppe. However, it appears that my list is one digit off.  Click on the official location on the National Archives II website for the correct location. To view the official list from the National Archives, instead of mine, click on the following: ARC – Archival Descriptions Search – Print Results – Dutch Helpers by Box Number.  It appears that the box number actually should be 821 – Pieffers, Hendrick F. – Dr. Plateel, Johannes.  The National Archives will know where to look for his file even if the box number is incorrect.

      Because there are so many people requesting copies of such records, National Archives II has been scanning and digitizing the records to make them accessible over the Internet.  If you go to https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5709392, you can search the Dutch part of the National Archives files directly on the Internet at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5709392.  It appears that Mr. Pijnenburg’s file has not yet been digitized although other files have been.  

      Most likely you will want to contact the National Archives directly about getting a copy of Mr. Pijnenburg’s file.  You should be able to use a credit card to pay for it.  I ordered a 30-page file on someone else recently and wrote a check.

      National Archives at College Park – Textual Reference (RDT2)
      National Archives at College Park
      8601 Adelphi Road
      College Park, MD 20740-6001
      Phone: 301-837-3510
      Fax: 301-837-1752
      Email: Archives2reference@nara.gov

      When I tried their phone number in connection with an order I wanted to place with them, the phone number was not working but they did reply to my email, first with an automated response, then with a response giving details about how to order copies of Mr. Pijnenburg’s file and how to pay for it.  Thirty pages cost me $24.

      National Archive II has scanned all the Escape and Evasion (E&E) files of American airmen and placed them on the Internet.  If the helper file of Mr. Pijnenburg gives the names of American airmen he helped, you probably will want to see if you can obtain copies of their files.  For some advice on searching for an airman’s file, see https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/research/national-archives-research/escape-evasion-reports-available-on-line/.  Each file has an Escape and Evasion number (E&E __).  The website of the Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society (AFEES), in its Member Stories Database, lists E&E numbers for those airmen who joined AFEES after the war.  See https://airforceescape.org/afees-member-stories/ .  For example, the E&E number for Tom Applewhite, the American airman who is the focus of my website, is E&E 324.  

      As your research progresses, you may find the Excel file of Dimitri Gazan useful.  You can search it by each type of information in it.  See https://wwii-netherlands-escape-lines.com/helpers-of-allied-airmen/dutch-helper-list/digitized-dutch-helper-list/.  

      I wish you success in your research.

      Best wishes,
      Bruce Bolinger
      229 Success Mine Loop
      Grass Valley, CA 95945
      USA
      (530) 273-6442
      Email: bcbolinger@comcast.net 

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