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 November 3, 1943, 18 American P-47 Thunderbolt fighters took off from Halesworth air base (Essex) in England. Together with other fighters they had to protect a group of 566 American bombers against attacks by German fighters. The bombers had to bomb the shipyards and submarine bunkers in Wilhelmshaven.
After an air battle over the Wadden Sea and Hippolytushoef with German Messerschmitt Bf109 fighters, the American fighter crashed at approximately 12.30 pm on the Wieringer Vlaak in the IJsselmeer. The pilot Gallion was killed. The plane wreckage containing the pilot was found on October 21, 1993 and recovered on February 10, 1995. Gallion was returned to the USA and buried on May 27, 1996 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Killbuck, Ohio.
More information on this page after the unveiling of this remembrance post on October 7, 2023
Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon