Crashinfo_ED816_EN

Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon


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.

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

Crash information ED 816 Wieringerwaard

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

Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon


Board of the foundation

Name

Role

Mark Hakvoort

Chairman

Chris Dijkshoorn

Treasurer

Martin Blaauw

Secretary

Board members fulfill their tasks on a voluntary basis