Unveiled on April 25th, 2023
Avro Lancaster Mk. III ND357 GT-G from 156 “Pathfinder” Squadron
The ND357 departed from Warboys airfield on January 14 1944 at 4.45 p.m. towards Braunschweig Germany. After the bombing, the aircraft was shot down on its way back by the Messerschmitt Bf 110G of Oberleutnant Dietrich Schmidt operating from Leeuwarden. From the east, the burning bomber flew low over Kolhorn, between the church and the then primary school. The Lancaster crashed into the ditch side at 8.35 pm, almost against the dike.
The bomber had a very experienced crew on board. Five crew members had one or more awards and six had completed more than thirty missions. Mansfield and Alexander even more than fifty missions. The entire crew was killed and is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery near Bergen op Zoom. Five are buried together in one grave.
Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon