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Crash information JD 149 Waddenzee

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 June 17, 2023

Location of this remembrance post

Handley Page Halifax MKII 

Crash information

At 23:26 on 27 May 1943, the Halifax MKII bomber had taken off from Pocklington airfield in England with seven crew members on board. The Halifax was on a bombing mission to the German city of Essen.


The heavy bomber was shot down at 01:44 by a German night fighter. The pilot of the night fighter was Leutnant Heinz Grimm of the Stab IV./NJG 1. Grimm had taken off from Leeuwarden airfield in his Messerschmitt Bf110. Four minutes before the crash, the radio operator Zareikin sent an emergency call for help to England via the on-board radio. The Halifax crashed into the Wadden Sea 3 km west of the Normerdijk at Hippolytushoef. All seven crew members were killed in the crash and are buried in the cemetery Zandburen in Hippolytushoef.

The crew

John Denzil Jeffery

Flying Officer

Pilot

24 years old

UK

Kenneth Joseph Smith

Sergeant

Flight engineer

22 years old

UK

Harry Entwhistle

Flying Officer

Navigator

27 years old

UK

Ronald Norman Fewtrell

Flying Officer

Bomb aimer

32 years old

UK

Samuel Zareikin

Pilot Officer

Radio officer

26 years old

CAN

Jack Louis Stanley Lowings

Sergeant

Gunner

21 years old

UK

Thomas Heslop

Sergeant

Gunner

22 years old

UK

Photos of the unveiling

19th and 20th remembrance post unveiled at the Wadden Sea


On June 17, 2023, two remembrance posts for crew members who crashed into the Wadden Sea in 1943 with their aircraft were unveiled. Eighty years ago, on June 26, 1943, the Lancaster bomber W4256 was shot down by a German night fighter. All seven crew members from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom were killed. The youngest was 20 years old, the oldest only 30. The Halifax MKII JD149 also crashed after an attack by a German night fighter in the Wadden Sea. On May 28, 1943, seven young men from Canada and the United Kingdom were also killed.


Gerard Numeijer of Nubo Motors had made his museum in Hippolytushoef available for the reception of the guests. Over a cup of coffee, our chairman, Mark Hakvoort, talked about the events in 1943. In her speech, Deputy Mayor Mary van Gent reflected on the fourteen young men who gave their lives for our freedom. Sgt Nicole Mitchell represented the Canadian Embassy and Mr. Alex Keighley was a delegate from the British Embassy. Dirk Bak was honored today for his services rendered, Dirk and his wife Jetty are present at every unveiling and provide the musical accompaniment as a trumpet player.


The unveiling of the remembrance post for the crew of the Lancaster W4256 took place on the dike at Recreatiepark Wiringherlant at the Noordstroeƫrweg. Sgt. Nicole Mitchell expressed her admiration for the way in which the Second World War is commemorated in the Netherlands. There has never been war within Canada's borders, but Canada played an important role in our liberation. The unveiling of the remembrance post was also performed by Sgt. Mitchell. Dirk Bak played the national anthems of Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom under the watchful eye of the veterans present.


The second unveiling of the day, the twentieth of our foundation, was for the crew of the Halifax MKII JD149. mr. Alex Keighley of the British Embassy addressed the visitors and unveiled the remembrance post. Here too, Dirk Bak blew the national anthems of the United Kingdom and Canada.


The 14 crew members are buried at the Zandburen cemetery. These heroes were commemorated here by playing The Last Post. The sounds of Dirk's trumpet gave an atmosphere of reverence and respect. The saluting veterans, who are well represented at every ceremony under the leadership of Dick Doornik, made the ceremony complete and impressive. The minute of silence that followed also contributed to this. Wreaths were laid at both the remembrance posts and the graves. The Wartena-Kok family has adopted the graves of the fallen crew members. Sandra and her son Nick placed crosses at the graves on behalf of the 102 squadron.



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