This remembrance post was unveiled on June 17, 2023
Avro Lancaster Mk.I
On 25 June 1943 at 23:00 the Lancaster bomber had taken off from Syerston Airport (Nottinghamshire) in England with seven crew members on board. The Lancaster was on a mission to the German city of Gelsenkirchen to bomb the Scholven-Buer synthetic oil refineries. In the night 106 squadron lost four aircraft in one mission.
The heavy bomber W4256 had completed fifty-three missions until it was shot down by a German night fighter at 02:31 on 26 June. The pilot of the night fighter was Hauptmann Rudolf Sigmund of the 10./NJG 1. Sigmund had taken off from Leeuwarden airfield in his Messerschmitt Bf110. The Lancaster bomber crashed into the Wadden Sea about 2 km east of Hippolytushoef. All seven crew members died in the crash and are buried in the Zandburen cemetery in Hippolytushoef.
Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon