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His Excellency
Heije Schaper
Heije Schaper in 1966
State Secretary for Defence

In office
22 June 1966 – 5 April 1967
Serving with Gerard Peijnenburg
Adri van Es
Prime Minister Jo Cals (1966)
Jelle Zijlstra (1966–1967)
Preceded by Jan Borghouts
Succeeded by Bob Duynstee
Chairman of the
United Defence Staff of the
Armed Forces of the Netherlands

In office
1 November 1957 – 10 May 1959
Preceded by Ben Hasselman
Succeeded by Henry Propper
Commander of the Royal
Netherlands Air Force

In office
1 May 1956 – 1 September 1961
Preceded by Anton Baretta
Succeeded by Hein Zielstra
Personal details
Born Heije Schaper
(1906-09-08)8 September 1906
Joure, Netherlands
Died 26 May 1996(1996-05-26) (aged 89)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party Independent Liberal
Spouse(s) Titia Feenstra (m. 1942; his death 1996)
Children Herman Schaper
(born 1949)
2 other sons
Alma mater Royal Naval College
Occupation Officer · Aviator
Military service
Allegiance  Netherlands
Service/branch Royal Netherlands Navy (1929–1954)
Royal Netherlands Air Force (1954–1961)
Years of service 1929–1961 (Active duty)
1961–1964 (Reserve)
Rank Netherlands-AirForce-OF-8.svg Lieutenant general
Unit 320 Dutch Squadron RAF
Commands 321 Dutch Squadron RAF
Royal Netherlands Air Force
Armed forces of the Netherlands
Battles/wars World War II
Chief military adjutant to the Monarch of the Netherlands (1962–1978)

Heije Schaper (8 September 1906 – 26 May 1996) was a Dutch naval and air force officer and lieutenant general of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Schaper a highly decorated World War II officer was awarded the Military Order of William, the highest honour of the Netherlands on 15 November 1940. Schaper served in the Royal Netherlands Navy and later the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He was the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force from 1 May 1956 until 1 September 1961 and the Chairman of the United Defence Staff of th Armed Forces of the Netherlands (highest-ranking military officer) from 1 November 1957 until 10 May 1959. He retired from active service in 1961 and served as State Secretary for Defence, tasked with Air Force affairs from 22 June 1966 until 5 April 1967.[1]


Military decorations
Ribbon bar Decoration Country Date Comment
NLD Military Order of William - Knight BAR.png Knight 4th Class of the Military Order of William Netherlands 15 November 1940 Highest honour of the Netherlands
United Kingdom Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross United Kingdom 10 January 1941
Mobilisation War Cross Netherlands 1 June 1945
Oorlogsherinneringskruis 1940-1945.gif War Memorial Cross Netherlands 5 May 1946
Ribbon of the Ereteken voor Orde en Vrede.gif Medal for Order and Peace Netherlands
Distinction sign for Long-term, Honest and Loyal Service Netherlands 22 June 1966 Honorable discharge
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 17 April 1967
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Grand Officer BAR.png Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands


  1. "Schaper, Heije (1906-1996)" (in nl). Huygens ING. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2019. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Borghouts
State Secretary for Defence
Served alongside:
Gerard Peijnenburg
Adri van Es
Succeeded by
Bob Duynstee
Military offices
Preceded by
Anton Baretta
Commander of the Royal
Netherlands Air Force

Succeeded by
Hein Zielstra
Preceded by
Ben Hasselman
Chairman of the
United Defence Staff of the
Armed Forces of the Netherlands

Succeeded by
Henry Propper

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