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Crash information ED 816 Wieringerwaard

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

Two remembrance posts were unveiled on October 30th 2021, one for the ED816 and one for the NV187/RD140

Location of this remembrance post

Plane crash AVRO Lancaster Mk II ED816 OF-U of 97 Squadron at Slikkerdijk near Wieringerwaard

Crash information

On 12 Jun 1943 at 23.04 the Lancaster took off from Bourn airport in England. After bombing the German city of Bochum, the aircraft was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf110 on its way back at 02.20h. The Messerchmidt was flown by Oberleutnant Werner Husemann. The Lancaster crashed on the land of P. Visser on the Slikkerdike

 

Four from the seven crew members managed to get out of the aircraft and land safely, by using their parachute.

Shortly after that Thomas, Hanrahan, Robertson, and Bloomfield were arrested and after being interrogated they were taken to a prisoners of war camp. To this day Doyle and Beard are still accounted for as missing. Bromley’s body was found after two weeks in a cornfield not far from the crash site. He is buried at the Wieringerwaard cemetery

The crew

John Thomas

Flight Sergeant

Pilot

23 years old

UK

Charles James Hanrahan

Sergeant

Flight engineer

30 years old

UK

McIvor Robertson

Flight Sergeant

Navigator

28 years old

UK

Ewan Bloomfield

Sergeant

Bomb aimer

22 years old

UK

William Edward Doyle

Sergeant

Radio operator

Age unknown

UK

Leslie Thomas Beard

Sergeant

Gunner

20 years old

UK

Reginald Bromley

Sergeant

Gunner

Age unknown

UK

Photos of the unveiling

Reports and press

Mayor van Dam once again emphasized how important it is to continue to commemorate the young heroes, often in their twenties. They boarded their plane for our freedom and were never sure if they would come home again.


Chris talked about both crashes. On June 13, 1943 an English Avro Lancaster III bomber crashed in the meadow at the Slikkerdijk. Four crew members managed to jump out of the plane and were arrested shortly afterwards. Two crew members are still missing. One crew member was found two weeks after the crash in a cornfield and is buried in the Wieringerwaard cemetery.


On January 17, 1945, two British Bristol Beaufighters flew into each other just past the Water Tower. The crew members of both aircraft were killed. They are also buried in the Wieringerwaard cemetery. Chris also told about Teun Wonder. A 16-year-old boy who was killed in 1944 by English fighter planes. Teun is buried near the crew members we commemorate today. Teun's brother and sister unveiled the information panels on the pole in front of the water tower. The national anthems of the Netherlands and England were played in the water tower by trumpeter Dirk Bak. The national anthems sounded extra beautiful this time because of the acoustics of the water tower.

At the cemetery, wreaths and flowers were laid at the graves of the killed crew members, and at the grave of Teun Wonder. Dirk Bak blew the Last Post, followed by a minute of silence. Partly due to the presence of veterans from Schagen and Hollands Kroon, it was another successful day.



NH Nieuws about the unveilings in Wieringerwaard

Reg!o Noordkop about the unveilings in Wieringerwaard