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Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon


Crash information Z8838 Middenmeer

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 of Vickers Wellington Mk IC Z8838 KX-Z of 311 Squadron at the Molenweg near Middenmeer 


In the evening of 11 April 1942 at 22.01 the Vickers bombers took off from East Wretham airport. The goal of this mission was the city of Essex. All crewmembers were from then Czechoslovakia. On its way to Essex the aircraft was shot by a German night hunter. Responsible for this was Oberlieutenant Helmut Lent.  He had taken off from Leeuwarden airport.

 

The aircraft flew burning through the sky after which it crashed at the Molenweg. All six crew members lost their lives and were buried at the military honour cemetery of Huisduinen. Currently, they are buried in a joint grave at the  Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery nearby Bergen op Zoom.

The crew

Josef Kalenský

Sergeant

Pilot

25 years old

CZ

Karel Kodeš

Sergeant

2nd pilot

21 years old

SK

Karel Rychnovský

Flying Officer

Observer

23 years old

CZ

Jan Peprníček

Sergeant

Radio operator

22 years old

CZ

Josef Politzer

Sergeant

Gunner

28 years old

SK

Josef Hrdina

Flight Sergeant

Gunner

30 years old

CZ

Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon


Board of the foundation

Name

Role

Mark Hakvoort

Chairman

Chris Dijkshoorn

Treasurer

Martin Blaauw

Secretary

Board members fulfill their tasks on a voluntary basis