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Crash information Z6462 Anna Paulowna

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

Date : September 17, 2022


Location of this remembrance post

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V Z6462 GE-D 58 Squadron

Veerweg Anna Paulowna

Information about the crash

About a hundred meters behind the Neelland farm, the Whitley bomber crashed on January 16, 1941 at 9:15 pm. Earlier that evening at 5:45 pm the aircraft had taken off from Linton-on-Ouse airport in England. The aircraft was on mission Wilhelmshaven, codenamed Kipper, and was on its way there when it suffered an engine failure.


The entire crew was able to jump out of the plane in time and ended up in the Oostpolder. Although several were injured, they survived the war in prison camps in Germany. The bomber managed to release the bombs before the crash. These also ended up in the Oostpolder, with a number of them causing damage to the meadows or fields. Several bombs failed to explode.

Photos of the unveiling

Reports and press

Unveiling of the 15th remembrance post Anna Paulowna on September 17, 2022

On September 17, 2022, our 15th remembrance post was unveiled. This happened at the Veerdijk in Anna Paulowna. Those interested were received in the Dutch Reformed Church in Anna Paulowna. From there, visitors were taken to the site of the unveiling in original American army trucks from the Medemblik War Museum.


The remembrance post was unveiled by the mayor of the municipality of Hollands Kroon, Rian van Dam. This is where the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V Z6462 crashed on January 16, 1941 after it suffered an engine failure. All five crew members were able to leave the aircraft in time and survived the crash. On the Veerdijk, near the place where the plane crashed, Chris Dijkshoorn from our foundation told us exactly what happened here.


Mayor Van Dam said in her speech that she tried to imagine what the crew members must have felt when they knew the plane would crash. To end up as a soldier of the United Kingdom in a country where you have never been before, and then be captured by the occupying forces. Mayor Van Dam has attended nearly all of our commemorative posts' unveilings, and on several occasions she has tried to imagine what the heroes we commemorate at our unveilings must have felt at those crucial moments. She concluded that this is actually impossible.


After the words of Chris Dijkshoorn and mayor Van Dam, Dirk Bak blew "God save the King" and "We'll meet again" with his trumpet. The veterans present, as always, provided a beautiful, solemn ceremonial, after which the unveiling of the remembrance post was carried out. Mayor van Dam laid a wreath at the remembrance post.

After this, those who were interested had the opportunity to drive with the American army trucks past the places where the five crew members ended up. In all these places Chris told who had landed with additional background information. The afternoon ended wherever we started, at the Reformed Church in Anna Paulowna.




Video report by Dennis Mulder