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.
Crash Vickers Wellington Mk IC P9286 KO-K of 115 Squadron at the Groetpolder near Winkel
The evening of 16 November 1940 at 20.15h, the Wellington bomber took off from Marham airport to target the city of Hamburg. On the way back to England, in the middle of the night the crew was completely surprised by a German hunting aircraft. The Wellington crashed at 02.05h. All crew members lost their lives.
The Wellington was taken down by the hunting aircraft of Oberleutnant Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weissenfeld. This was the lieutenant’s first, successful operation. Before crashing in 1944 he had already taken down 51 other aircrafts.