Vice-Admiral G.W. Stöve
Vice-Admiral Gerhard Wilhelm StöveBorn Zijpe July 29, 1889 - Died The Hague September 24, 1977
Rear-Admiral Stöve was commanding officer of the NEI seagoing squadron at the start of the war, until his replacement by the famous Rear-Admiral Karel Doorman in June 1940. Stöve was then tasked with setting up a naval academy in the Netherlands East Indies, to replace the one in Holland. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, he was detached as a liaison officer for the Netherlands to the Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington, the highest Allied military authority. He left the Netherlands East Indies on board the Dutch freighter Brastagi, which was attacked in the Carribean on March 6, 1942. Fortunately, the ship managed to evade the torpedo, and escaped.
Recalled to Britain in 1944, Stöve and his newly formed staff faced the enormous task of preparing for the return to Holland after it had been liberated. As Commander-in-Chief Naval Forces, Holland, he worked closely together with Vice-Admiral Dickens, RN, who was appointed Flag Officer, Holland. After retiring in 1946, Stöve spent a number of years as head of the Dutch Naval Historical Department.
: The rank of sublieutenant (Luitenant-ter-zee 3e klasse) had not been introduced at this time. The first were commissioned in 1915.
Klaassen/Van 't Haaff "Gedenkboek Adelborsten-opleiding te Willemsoord 1854-1954"
Von Münching "De Nederlandse Koopvaardijvloot in de Tweede Wereldoorlog", volume 2