Crash information W4769 Wieringerwerf

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.

Information about the unveiling of the remembrance post for this crash

This remembrance post was unveiled on February 6th 2021

Location of this remembrance post

AVRO Lancaster MKI

Crash information

In the Sunday evening of 3 January 1943, English Lancaster bomber took off from Seyerston airport on its way to Kruppfabrieken in Essen. The crewmembers were led by the young but experienced pilot Harry Bird.


This dark night pilot Bird and his crew members flew together with 3 Mosquito and 19 Lancaster bombers to Germany. The Lancaster did not return that night, but it exploded high in the sky at 19.40h. To this day the cause of the explosion is unknown. All crewmembers died. They are buried at the Military Honour cemetery in Huisduinen. After the war they are reburied at the British Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery near Bergen op Zoom.

The crew

Harry Raymond Bird

Pilot Officer


21 years old


John Davis


Flight engineer

23 years old


Harold John Robert Tickle

Flying Officer


20 years old


George Leslie Inglis


Bomb aimer

26 years old


Robert James Kee

Warrant Officer II

Radio officer

21 years old


Ronald Clifford Gait



21 years old


Leslie George Gunning



19 years old


Photos of the unveiling

Reports and press

Placement remembrance post without official unveiling

january 2021 - Sunday evening 3 January 1943 the Lancaster bomber  W4769 QR-V exploded at a 6 km altitude. All crew members aged between 19-26 years lost their lives.

A private unveiling of this new remembrance post will be held on the 6th of February, to honour the request of the family of one of the crew members. Unfortunately, no guest are allowed due to the strict COVID-19 regulations

On the 6th of February our board members placed the information panel on the remembrance post. They will add a moment of silence to remember the 7 heroes.