This remembrance post will be unveiled on October 7, 2023
The program for October 7 is as follows:
Gathering at the Historical Society Wieringermeer
De Cultuurschuur, Loggersplein 1, 1771 CE Wieringerwerf
Opening and welcome by Jan Wouts and Mark Hakvoort
Official unveiling of the remembrance post at the Oude Zeug
Kluisgat 1, 1771 MJ Wieringerwerf
Official unveiling of the remembrance post at the Dijkgat monument
Noorderdijkweg (near no. 24), 1771 MJ Wieringerwerf
On the morning of December 22, 1943, the bomber had taken off from Hardwick airfield in England. The American bombers targeted the marshalling yard of the German city of Osnabrück. On the way back, the formation of aircraft came under fire from German anti-aircraft guns (Flak) over the Netherlands, east of Staphorst. The formation broke up, after which those left behind were attacked several times by the German fighters. That day, 22 bombers were shot down between Osnabrück and the English coast. Including the B-24 bomber of pilot Hunt and his crew. The plane crashed in the northern part of the IJsselmeer at approximately 3 p.m.
All nine crew members were killed. In the following months, crew members washed up at various locations around the IJsselmeer. The tail gunner Bennet was found near the port of Oude Zeug. The co-pilot Congelli may also have washed ashore there. During the war the bodies were buried in the Middenmeer cemetery. After the war they were reburied in Margraten, Neuville-en-Condroz (B) or transferred to the United States.
More information on this page after the unveiling of this remembrance post on October 7, 2023
Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon