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 was unveiled on September 5th 2020
Location of this remembrance post
Avro Lancaster Mk III
On Sunday 30 January 1944, this Lancaster took off from Bourn airport (England) at exactly 17.15h to Berlin as main target.
Fo the crew present this was the 6th mission in this composition. That night a total of 534 aircrafts took off, of which 21 Lancaster belonging to the 97 Squadron.
Two Lancasters, the JB535, never returned to base.
The jet fighter exploded at exactly 22.12 above Kolhorn, after it was shot to fire during a fierce firefight with a German night hunter. The pilot of this plane was Oberfeldwebel Heinz Vinke.
The moment of impact many locals from Kolhorn were in the streets because they had just visited a play of the local theatre association.
Miraculously nobody on the ground got hurt. The crew members on the other hand all lost their lives. Together with fragments of the plane they crashed in and around Kolhorn.
Ernest Sumner Clarke
22 years old
Richard Venville Thomas Bowerman
18 years old
Eric James Lovelace Carpenter
21 years old
Norman Charles Law
26 years old
Thomas Eric Charles
25 years old
Rodger Peryman Wishart
23 years old
Photos of the unveiling
Reports and press
Remembrance post unveiled in Kolhorn
In 2020, 75 years after the liberation, the foundation had planned to unveil 8 remembrance posts. Due to the Coronavirus things turned out differently. But 5 September was the turning point; the first unveiling of 2020!
Chris Dijkshoorn organized the program of this day. In his introduction speech Chris told that parts of the crashed Lancaster fell on the house he currently lives with his family. From the seven crew members, three were from Australia.
The Australian ambassador, accompanied by his wife, visited Kolhorn especially for this occasion. In his speech he stressed out that the freedom nowadays we consider as normal was made possible by the heroic work of these young soldiers of which so many lost their lives in the battle.
At the age of 15, Wilhelmina Struik, eye witnessed the crash of the Lancaster. She shared her memories and stories with Chris and together with the Australian ambassador, she unveiled the remembrance post. A beautiful ceremony where Dirk Bak played the national anthems of Australia, England and the Netherlands.
After the unveiling the group made their way to the cemetery where the crashed crew members of the Lancaster are buried. After the speech of Rian van Dam, mayor of Hollands Kroon, she laid a wreath at remembrance post in honour of these young soldiers. ‘The Last Post’ was played by Dirk Bak during this ceremony. The presence of 10 veterans completed the ceremonial actions at the remembrance post and the cemetery.