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Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon


Welcome to the website of our foundation Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon, founded 29 March 2019.

The foundation’s main goal is to remember the aircrafts and crew members who have crashed in the municipality Hollands Kroon during World War II, by placing remembrance posts.

Hollands Kroon is a merge of the municipalities Anna Paulowna, Nieuwe Niedorp, Wieringermeer en Wieringen

Unveiling memorial pole for Polish crew of Z1467


On June 11, 2022 we unveiled a remembrance post at the Molenweg near Slootdorp. This is where a Wellington bomber crashed on 6 June 1942 with six Polish crew members on board. Details about this crash and photos of the unveiling can be found on the page for this Wellington Z1467.


Amid great interest, the remembrance post was unveiled by Colonel Dariusz POCZEKALEWICZ of the Polish Embassy. He was accompanied by OF-4 Mr. Tomasz KURIATA, OF-4 Mr. Rafal CHMURA and OR-5 Ms. Paulina SANDOMIERSKA. Under the leadership of Co Wiskerke, the veterans once again made an appearance. The Catholic Parish Wieringermeer was represented by Pastor Maciej Sendecki. On behalf of the Municipality of Hollands Kroon, Deputy Mayor Theo Groot laid a wreath at the remembrance post. Dirk Bak blew The Last Post and the Polish national anthem.

Unveiling commemorative pole for the crew of the R1226 from New Zealand and England.

July 2, 2022



We invite you to be present on Saturday 2 July 2022 at the unveiling of a remembrance post in memory of the crew who died on 9 May 1941 in the bulb fields of Breezand. The pole will be unveiled near the Oud Anna Paulowna museum at Zandvaart 5 in Breezand. It concerned the crew of the Vickers Wellington Mk. Ic R1226 of the 214 “Federated Malay States” Squadron. These men, from England and New Zealand, gave their lives for our freedom. More information about this crash can be found on this page. We would like to reflect on this by unveiling a remembrance post. Unlike other unveilings, this unveiling will take place in the morning. The program can be found here.

American army trucks at the unveiling of two remembrance posts on May 21, 2022 at the Schelpenbolweg

A Dutch Fokker suffered an engine failure on 12 May 1940 and made an emergency landing on plot E48 near the Schelpenbolweg. Both crew members escaped unhurt.


On May 9, 1943 a Mosquito reconnaissance plane was shot down after which it crashed into pieces around the Schelpenbolweg. Both crew members survived the crash by using their parachutes. They were captured by the Germans.

On May 21, 2022, we unveiled two remembrance posts for the crew members of these aircraft. Both remembrance posts have been placed and unveiled on Schelpenbolweg. Invited guests and other interested parties gathered at De Cultuurschuur in Wieringerwerf where the welcome speech was spoken by Fred de Vries of the Wieringermeer Historical Society. Fred showed a photo with explanatory text about the crashed Fokker on the back. More than eighty years later, new information is still emerging.


Mark Hakvoort, our chairman, welcomed all visitors and in particular Flying Officer Brad Duesbury of the English Embassy in The Hague, Mayor Rian van Dam, Dirk and Jetty Bak, Edith van de Bovenkamp of Freedom Flame and Veterans Schagen - Hollands Kroon. The Dutch Defense was represented by LTZ1 Richard van Hooff and SAOO Roelof van Beenen, both from De Kooy military airfield in Den Helder.

From De Cultuurschuur the guests left after the Schelpenbolweg for the first unveiling. Original American army trucks from the Medemblik War Museum were available for transport and they were gratefully used.


At the remembrance post for the Mosquito DZ316, attention was paid to Peter Frank Hall and William Charles Woodruff, who survived the crash because they used their parachutes in time. Mayor of Hollands Kroon, Rian van Dam, was also present at the unveiling of this remembrance post and briefly told what happened on 9 May 1943. Here you can read the whole story. Flying Officer Brad Duesbury said in his speech that he was honored to be present at this ceremony. Dirk Bak blew the English national anthem and wreaths and flowers were laid on behalf of the Municipality of Hollands Kroon, the Historical Society Wieringermeer, Verteranen Schagen and Hollands Kroon, the English Embassy and the Freedom Flame Foundation. The group then left by American army truck to the memorial pole for the Dutch Fokker, further down the Schelpenbolweg. Traffic guidance was again well organized this day by Bertus Juurlink.

The remembrance post for the Fokker C.V-E 645 is the first pole that our foundation has placed and unveiled for the Dutch crew. This Fokker made an emergency landing on 12 May 1940, during which the crew members, Evert Meindert Hoekstra and Roelof van den Heuvel, escaped unscathed. The Fokker aircraft were on a mission that was canceled because the plenty of German Messerschmitt aircraft formed too great a force majeure. LTZ1 Richard van Hooff briefly told in his speech what happened 82 years ago. The remembrance post was then unveiled, also by LTZ1 Richard van Hooff. The Wilhelmus was blown by Dirk Bak and flowers and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Freedom Flame Foundation, the Municipality of Hollands Kroon, the Historisch Genootschap Wieringermeer and Veterans Schagen and Hollands Kroon.



NH Nieuws published an article with video about this day.

The latest changes on our site


June 2022

Posted pictures of the unveiling Z1467 on June 11, 2022

Posted pictures of the Polish crew Z1467

New information about the R1226 (Breezand)


May 2022

Report and photos of the unveiling of the Mosquito DZ316

Report and photos of the unveiling of the Fokker C.V-E 645


April 2022

New information about the Wellington Z1467

Report and photos of the commemoration for the crew Z8838

Report and photos of the unveiling of the JN884


March 2022:

New information about the Mosquito DZ316

New information about the Dutch Fokker C.V-E 645

New information about the "Lady Jane" 42-107009



Sponsoring


To reach our goal we want to place remembrance posts throughout the municipality, at those points where planes have crashed.

To purchase these posts we need financial funds. If you are interested to support us you can contact us through email address: info@shhk.nl

We will get in touch with you as soon as possible. For more information check out our list with current sponsors.



For your tomorrow, we gave our today


In 2012, pilot H.N. (Bluey) Mottershead, commander of 158 squadron, spoke these words. He flew more than 25 bombing missions in World War II. After the war, Mr Mottershead dedicated himself to the memory of fallen airmen.


Never forget


During World War II more than 40 aircrafts have crashed in Hollands Kroon and in parts of the Wadden Sea, Amstel lake and Ijssel lake.

Crew members of these plaines were killed, captured, went missing or found ways to escape from the enemy.

We want to remember all those crew members to make sure that they will never be forgotten.

They have fought for our freedom  and as said many have given their lives. We should not ever forget this.


In the municipality Hollands Kroon, crew members from the following countries were crashed:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Poland
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New-Zealand
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • the Netherlands
  • Commonwealth
  • Germany / Austria

Agenda 2022


April 11, 2022 : Memorial ceremony at Molenweg, Middenmeer


April 16, 2022: Unveiling remembrance post at Dolfijnweg in Slootdorp

- JN884


May 21, 2022: Unveiling two remembrance posts at Schelpenbolweg in Slootdorp

- Dutch Fokker C.V-E 645

- Mosquito DZ316


June 11, 2022: Unveiling remembrance post at Molenweg in Slootdorp

- The Polish Wellington Z1467


July 2, 2022: Unveiling remembrance post in Breezand


September 17, 2022: Unveiling remembrance post in Anna Paulowna


October 8, 2022: Unveiling remembrance post at Tussenweg in Middenmeer (preliminary planning)

- The "Lady Jane" 42-107009


May 4, 2023: Unveiling at Kanaalweg in Nieuwe Niedorp


We will publish the details as soon as these plans are finalized.

 

Crashes on the map


On each post, an information panel is placed on which can be read what exactly happened on that location.

What was their mission? What happened with the crew members? What type of aircraft?

This information is collected by volunteers with the greatest care.

On the map is indicated, the locations of the crashes and therefore the locations where remembrance posts are or will be placed.

 

Overview crashed planes and unveiling of our remembrance posts


Whitley

T4279


Middenmeer

Wagenpad


Status : Unveiled

Date : 14-09-2019

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 5 KIA


Pilot : Donald Keith MacFarland

SGLO : T1056

Whitley

T4279


Middenmeer

Wagenpad


Status : Unveiled

Date : 14-09-2019

P-47-C Thunderbolt

41-6587


Vatrop

Vatropperweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 25-10-2019

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 1 KIA


Pilot : Ivan R. Moon

SGLO : T1056

P-47-C Thunderbolt

41-6587


Vatrop

Vatropperweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 25-10-2019

Lancaster III

JB535


Kolhorn

Ansjoviskade


Status : Unveiled

Date : 05-09-2020

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 7 KIA


Pilot : Ernest S.Clarke

SGLO : T3339

Lancaster III

JB535


Kolhorn

Ansjoviskade


Status : Unveiled

Date : 05-09-2020

Halifax II

LW343


Anna Paulowna

Kerkweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 26-09-2020

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 4 KIA / 3 POW


Pilot : D.J.H. Cheal

SGLO : T3172

Halifax II

LW343


Anna Paulowna

Kerkweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 26-09-2020

Lancaster

W4769


Wieringerwerf

Oostermiddenmeerweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 06-02-2021

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 7 KIA


Pilot : Raymond H.Bird

SGLO : T1970

Lancaster

W4769


Wieringerwerf

Oostermiddenmeerweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 06-02-2021

Wellington

P9286


Winkel

Groetpolderweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 18-09-2021

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 6 KIA


Pilot : D.E. Larkman

SGLO : T0905

Wellington

P9286


Winkel

Groetpolderweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 18-09-2021

Wellington

Z8838


Middenmeer

Molenweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 09-10-2021

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 6 KIA


Pilot : Josef Kalensky

SGLO : T1474

Wellington

Z8838


Middenmeer

Molenweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 09-10-2021

Lancaster III

ED816


Wieringerwaard

Slikkerdijk


Status : Unveiled

Date : 30-10-2021

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 1KIA/2MIA/4POW


Pilot : J.Thomas

SGLO : T2452

Lancaster III

ED816


Wieringerwaard

Slikkerdijk


Status : Unveiled

Date : 30-10-2021

Beaufighter

NV187 / RD140


Wieringerwaard

Molenweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 30-10-2021

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 2 KIA / 2 KIA

Pilot : G.D.Warburton

Pilot : F.P.Trautman

SGLO : T5125 / T5126

Beaufighter

NV187 / RD140


Wieringerwaard

Molenweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 30-10-2021

Halifax

JN884


Slootdorp

Dolfijnweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 16-04-2022

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 6 KIA / 1 POW


Pilot : Kenneth R. Larkin

SGLO : T2704

Halifax

JN884


Slootdorp

Dolfijnweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 16-04-2022

Mosquito IV

DZ316


Slootdorp

Schelpenbolweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 21-05-2022

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 2 POW


Pilot : Peter Frank Hall

SGLO : T2279

Mosquito IV

DZ316


Slootdorp

Schelpenbolweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 21-05-2022

Fokker

C.V-E 645


Slootdorp

Slootweg


Status : Unveiled

Datum : 21-05-2022

Klik hier voor alle informatie over deze crash en de onthulling


Bemanning : 2 


Piloot : Evert Meindert Hoekstra

SGLO : T0525

Fokker

C.V-E 645


Slootdorp

Slootweg


Status : Unveiled

Datum : 21-05-2022

Wellington

Z1467


Slootdorp

Molenweg


Status : Planned

Date : 11-06-2022

Wellington

Z1467


Slootdorp

Molenweg


Status : Planned

Date : 11-06-2022

Wellington

R1226


Breezand



Status : Planned

Date : 02-07-2022 11:00 

Wellington

R1226


Breezand



Status : Planned

Date : 02-07-2022 11:00

Whitley

Z6462


Anna Paulowna



Status : Planned

Date : 17-09-2022

Whitley

Z6462


Anna Paulowna



Status : Planned

Date : 17-09-2022

Boeing B17

42-107009


Middenmeer

Tussenweg


Status : Planned

Date : 08-10-2022

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 9 POW


Pilot : Raymond Howard Hillestad

SGLO : T4655

Boeing B17

42-107009


Middenmeer

Tussenweg


Status : Planned

Date : 08-10-2022

Wellington

T2990


Nieuwe Niedorp



Status : Planned

Date : 04-05-2023

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew :  5 KIA / 1 POW


Pilot : 

SGLO : T1068

Wellington

T2990


Nieuwe Niedorp



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