ABDUL HALIM PERDANAKUSUMA
Born in Sampang, Madura, November 18 1922. After completing MULO (Junior High School level), at the will of the parents, he entered Sekolah Pamongpraja (Civil service school) in Magelang, but only reached level II.
When World War II broke out, the Dutch declared militia, Abdul Halim entered the Naval School in Surabaya. During the Japanese occupation, he was brought by the Dutch into England to study at the Royal Canadian Air Force in the navigation section. During World War II he participated in Allied air operations in Europe. After Indonesia's independence, he returned to his homeland and contributed his efforts to the struggle for preserving independence by entering TKR Jawatan Penerbangan (the TKR Air Bureau) which later evolved into Angkatan Udara Republik Indonesia (AURI) (Indonesian Air Force). Abdul Halim was one of the Air Force advisors.
In 1947 Abdul Halim served in Sumatra with Iswahyudi to build the Air Force there. At that time the Air Force in Sumatra had not yet been established. Some airfields were open, but the collaboration between the fields did not exist. Each one stood alone and under the authority of the Army divisions. For the purpose of building the Air Force organization, Abdul Halim and lswahyudi were appointed as representatives of the Air Force in the Army Commandment of Sumatra. In addition, he was also appointed as Deputy Chief II of Staff of the Air Force. Abdul Halim tried to establish relations with foreign countries to search for arms and other assistance necessary for the struggle. The job was quite dangerous because he had to penetrate the air blockade from the Netherlands.
In December 1947, along with Air Officer I Iswahyudi, Air Commodore Abdul Halim Perdanakusuma went to Bangkok to run a state assignment. On the way back to their homeland on December 14, 1947, his plane crashed in Tanjung Hantu. His body was buried in Lumur Malaisya. In 1975 his grave was moved to Taman Makam Pahlawan Kalibata (The Heroes Cemetery Kalibata) in Jakarta. Based on Presidential Decree No. 063/TK/1975, dated August 9, 1975, he was appointed as a National Hero, with the rank of Marsda TNI Anumerta (Air Marshall for the Indonesian Military). As a memorial, the Air Force military airport in East Jakarta was named after him.