Harm van der Laan

Harm van der Laan

Harm van der Laan had a 39-year career with the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee that started in 1970 and ended in 2009. In those years he served in various places in the Netherlands, of which twelve years in Amsterdam as support for the municipal police. At the beginning and at the end of his career, he was involved in aviation business at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. In the 1970s as a passport control officer and from 1998 to 2009 as head of immigration, he ended his career as chief of the repatriation unit.

For years he was involved in aviation for his hobby. As a spotter, collector of aviation postcards, safety cards and later as secretary of the Schiphol Aviation Group, a spotters' association around Schiphol Airport.

In 2004, he switched to World War II crashed aircraft and became Secretary of the Aircraft Recovery Group 1940-1945. An association that conducts research in the Netherlands after the air war 1940-1945. He was also responsible for the schedules of the volunteers in the Air War Museum “Fort Veldhuis” and also makes the program of events during the opening hours of this museum. He has written several articles for aviation magazines on the investigation of aviation accidents. In 2016 he ended his work for this Foundation.

In October 2011, Aad Neeven asked him to become his partner in the bookstore.

He is 67 years old [2020], married again and has two children, two stepchildren, three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

This Month Highlights:


"We Gaan!"

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Vlucht KL4805, noodlot in de mist
€  14,50

Author: Roger Soupart/Kitty Nielsen

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Through to the end

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487 (NZ) Squadron RAF
€  45,00

Author: David Palmer/Aad Neeven

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The 250 (Airborne) Light Composite Company Royal Army Service Corps during the Battle of Arnhem, September 1944

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Part1: Company Headquarters and No. 1(C) Platoon
€  16,00

Author: Philip Reinders

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