William D. de Hek


Although I did not personally know him, to my knowledge, it is my sad duty to pass on from my friend Rolf Pfennig, news that the respected collector and researcher Willam D. de Hek passed away this morning, July 8th, 2011.

He had just finished four new books on German ammunition, which will by published by the NVBMB.

Our condolences to his family and close friends. I am sure that someone who knew him personally can write a more fitting tribute to this gentleman, who I know was held in high regard by his friends, and contributed much to our hobby.


Sad news. Willem D. de Hek very generously gave me permission to use his fantastic drawings and photos of Dutch MIRA (miniature rockets) in my Gyrojet book, and he offered to help me by providing any information I needed. Because of him, the chapter on foreign Gyrojets is a lot better than it would have been otherwise. He will be missed, but his incredible work will live on.


May he rest in peace!

We seen him last time at our German ECRA show in April. He was very ill but still had the power to visit shortly. Now I wonder if he knew it was for the last time.

I will miss him.


Once again, an old Friend and a nice Fellow passed away…

He had been sick for several years, but took it with a great courage. and managed to attend almost every European meetings.

His fantastic drawings are some of the best ever made about ammo.

I would like to join, to his survivors and friends, all my condolences and this, also in the name of our French AFERHM association (French branch of ECRA).

He will be deeply missed