Crash information 42-7924 Den Oever

During World War II more than 40 different bombers and jet fighters have crashed within de county borders of Hollands Kroon. The crashes were mostly on land, in the Ijssel lake and the Wadden sea.

Few crew members were arrested after using their parachute to reach the ground, others could flee with the help of the Resistance. However, the majority lost their lives and did not return home safely to their family and loved ones.

Information about the unveiling of the remembrance post for this crash

This remembrance post will be unveiled on October 7, 2023

The program for October 7 is as follows:

2:00 PM

Gathering at the Historical Society Wieringermeer

De Cultuurschuur, Loggersplein 1, 1771 CE Wieringerwerf

2:30 PM

Opening and welcome by Jan Wouts and Mark Hakvoort

3:00 PM

Official unveiling of the remembrance post at the Oude Zeug

Kluisgat 1, 1771 MJ Wieringerwerf

3:30 PM

Official unveiling of the remembrance post at the Dijkgat monument

Noorderdijkweg (near no. 24), 1771 MJ Wieringerwerf

3:45 PM


Location of this remembrance post

Photo of a P-47D Thunderbolt and pilot Frank Gallion

Crash information

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.

The crew

Frank Denova Gallion

Flight Officer


29 years old


More information on this page after the unveiling of this remembrance post on October 7, 2023