Rear-Admiral P. Koenraad
Rear-Admiral Pieter KoenraadBorn Dirksland June 6, 1890 - Died Las Palmas (Canary Islands) February 22, 1968
Rear-Admiral Koenraad was the flag officer in command of the important naval base at Soerabaja at the start of the Pacific War. Koenraad's biggest achievement as an officer was probably his foresight during February 1942.
He realized the invasion of Java was just a matter of time, and started to prepare the evacuation of naval personnel to Ceylon or Australia. When the time came, there was more or less a plan ready for execution. Koenraad and his staff embarked on the submarine K-XII, which made it to Australia safely.
In May 1943, Koenraad replaced Rear-Admiral (Acting) F.W. Coster as Flag Officer in charge of all Dutch naval forces in the area.
Klaassen/Van 't Haaff "Gedenkboek Adelborsten-opleiding te Willemsoord 1854-1954"
"Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland", volume 1 (entry by J.A. van der Kooij)