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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

Actual

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 are going to place the information panel on the remembrance post. They will add a moment of silence to remember the 7 heroes.

 




Impressive unveiling of 3rd remembrance post


5 september 2020 - Today, in the presence of a large gathering, the third remembrance post is unveiled. On 30 January 1944, a Lancaster with on board 7 young crew members, 3 from Australia and 4 from Great Britain, exploded above Kolhorn. Wilhelmina Struik eye witnessed this catastrophe. Together with the Australian ambassador, Matthew Neuhaus, she carried out the official unveiling. It was an impressive ceremony in which Dirk Bak played the national anthems. The presence of Rian van Dam, mayor of Hollands Kroon, and 10 veterans completed the official character of this unveiling. For more information see our news page and these pictures.

SHHK receives €6000,- from Windfonds


June 2020 -

Foundation Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon has received an outstanding financial contribution from the Windfoundation Wieringermeer.

On 3 June the handover took place near the remembrance post Wagenpad. More information on our News page.

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.



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.


Crash Site information


With the remembrance posts, crew members from different nationalities are commemorated. 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
  • the Netherlands
  • Commonwealth
  • Germany / Austria

 

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.

Upcoming and realized unveilings of our remembrance posts


For more details : check our agenda

When

The story

Where

Information

14 September 2019

Wagenpad, Middenmeer

Pilot Donald Keith McFarland and crew of the Whitley T4279

25 October 2019

Vatrop

Pilot Ivan R Moon - P-47C Thunderbolt

5 September 2020

Kolhorn

Pilot Ernest Sumner Clarke and crew of the Avro Lancaster MK III

The official unveiling of this remembrance post will take place by the Australian ambassador and the mayor of Hollands Kroon.

26 September 2020

Kerkweg, Anna Paulowna

Pilot D.J.H. Cheal and crew of the Halifax II, LW343

 6 february 2021

Oostermiddenmeerweg/Zuiderdijkweg, Wieringerwerf

Pilot Raymond H.Bird and crew of the Lancaster W4769

This unveiling will take place without public

Postponed

Groetpolderweg 21, Winkel

Pilot D.E. Larkman and crew of the Wellington P9286

Postponed

Slikkerdijk, Wieringerwaard

Pilot J.Thomas and crew of the Lancaster III ED816

Postponed

Molenweg 41, Wieringerwaard

Pilots G.D.Warburton en F.P.Trautman and crew of the Beaufighters NV187 and RD140.

Postponed

Schagerweg/Molenweg, Middenmeer

Pilot Josef Kalensky and crew of the Wellington Z8838.

Postponed

Dolfijnweg, Slootdorp

Pilot Kenneth, R. Larkin and crew of the Halifax JN884.