Bristol Beaufighter TF.X
On January 17, 1945, this aircraft took off at 12:42 am from the English airfield of North Coates. A total of 32 Beaufighters and 23 Spitfires took part in this anti-shipping mission, including the two Beaufighters that crashed into each other above Wieringerwaard. The target was a convoy in front of the port of Den Helder.
During the attack, the aircraft was hit in both engines by anti-aircraft fire from ships in the convoy. Pilot Gaunt was able to make a controlled emergency landing. He and the navigator emerged from the plane unharmed. Both were eventually arrested and ended up in a prisoner of war camp in Germany and they both survived the war.
Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon