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 Handley Page Halifax MK II LW343 TL-U of 35 Squadron at Kerkweg, Anna Paulowna
On 4 December 1943, at 00.01h, the Halifax took off from Gravely airport in England. In total 19 bombers of the 35th squadron took off. This night 527 aircrafts flew toward the east in the direction of Germany to bomb the city of Leipzig. 23 aircrafts did not return.
On the way there at exactly 01.49h the Halifax was shot to fire by the night hunter of lieutenant Heinz Rolland. The aircraft still had all bombs on board and tried to unload these but it succeeded partly in doing this. When one wing broke off the Halifax crashed. From the seven crewmembers four died immediately. Three of them, Bonet, Cheal and Smith managed the land safely by using their parachute. During the course of that day they were picked up from different locations and made prisoners of war.