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    HNMLS Tromp (260) Royal Netherlands Navy.
    The HNLMS Tromp (260) was commissioned in 1938 as the first of the Tromp-class destroyers/light cruisers. She is named after Dutch naval heroes, the father and son Maarten and Cornelis Tromp, both Admirals.

    This is a 57" X 87" bunting, sewn, tri-band flag of red, white and blue horizontal stripes, and finished with a roped canvas header with a loop and lead line. The flag is marked in the upper reverse hoist: "Netherlands HNLMS Tromp."

    Built before WWII, Tromp patrolled with the Netherlands East Indies Squadron. After the outbreak of hostilities, she sortied with the American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command, or ABDACOM, a short-lived, supreme command for all Allied forces in South East Asia. After being damaged in a surface engagement against the Japanese destroyer Asashio, she went to Australia for repairs, from where she would operate for the rest of the war. In 1942, she was assigned anti-submarine duties with convoys. In 1943, she was assigned to similar duties with the US Seventh Fleet and later to the British Eastern Fleet, a duty she retained for the duration. In the final months of the war, Tromp was part of the Allied fleet that bombarded Japanese positions prior to the Australian 7th Division's landing at Balikpapan during operations to recapture Borneo from the Japanese. After the war, she then ferried liberated Dutch prisoners-of-war and eventually returned to the Netherlands with homebound Dutch serviceman. This would be a great flag for a WWII collector about a little understood aspect of the war.

    The flag is Good Condition - it is used, worn, soiled and stained, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information, along with a 1948 letter of authentication & transmittal from the Military Attaché of the General Staff Corps of the Netherlands.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.

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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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