|Object Name:||Plaque from RNLAF Twenthe Air Base|
|Manufacturer:||Royal Netherland Air Force [RNLAF]|
|Year of Manufacture:||Unknown|
|Location:||Memorabilia Drawer 2|
Reteneo Hostes Pacis Abs Te Longe
The practice seemed to be that a plaque would be presented to the Company on the occasion of a visit by military personnel.
This is a wall-hanging wooden plaque with heraldic badge from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Twenthe Air Base with the motto ‘Reteneo Hostes Pacis Abs Telonge’ translated as ‘Always keeping the enemies of peace far away from you’. This would seem to be the airbase crest as we cannot currently link it to one of the squadrons that has beenn stationed there.
Opened on 29 August 1931 as Airport Twente (Dutch: "Vliegveld Twente"), the airport is a former RNLAF Air Base located north of Enschede, a municipality in the Twente region in Overijssel.. Somewhere along the way after WWII the letter H to the name of Twente (probably confused by the name of the province Drenthe) and the airfield was thus further known as Twenthe. Twenthe became the base for the Jet Flying School of the RNLAF
From December 1962, Twenthe was the home base for 306 Sqn and the conversion flight for Dutch F-104G Starfighter pilots. In 1988 313Sqn and its sister squadron 315Sqn converted to the F-16. 315Sqn was disbanded in 2004, and 313Sqn left Twenthe for Volkel Air Base the following year. Until June 2007 the Air Base was used for maintenance and repair of F-16s. In December of that same year, ownership of the Air Base was transferred to the Treasury, ending 68 years of military presence but it has reopened as a civil airport.