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
Our program for 2023 has been published
The board of Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon has made a schedule for the activities in 2023. Seven unveilings and two commemorations are currently planned. On 4 May 2023, the remembrance post will be unveiled for the crew of the Welington T2990 that crashed on 23 June 1941 at Kanaalweg in Nieuwe Niedorp. This aircraft was salvaged in 2021, where the remains of five Czech crew members were found who were officially still missing until that moment. Information about this crash, the recovery and the burial can be found on our site.
Interview board members
In the run-up to the unveiling of the 16th, and the last one before 2022, remembrance post, the board members of Stichting Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon were interviewed by Winnie van Galen of the Noordhollands Dagblad.
The result was a beautiful and extensive article in the regional section of the NHD on October 10, 2022
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 States of America
Germany / Austria
April 11, 2023: Commemoration ceremony Z8838 at the Molenweg in Middenmeer
April 25, 2023: Unveiling remembrance post ND357 in Kolhorn
Not yet known: Commemoration at the remembrance post W4769 at the Oostermiddelmeerweg, Wieringerwerf
May 4, 2023: Unveiling remembrance post T2990 in Nieuwe Niedorp
June 17, 2023: Unveiling of remembrance posts for the JD149 and the W4256. Both crashed in the Wadden Sea. Location follows.
July 15, 2023: Unveiling of the NT918 remembrance post in Wieringerwaard
October 7, 2023: Unveiling of remembrance posts for 42-7924 and 42-63969. Both crashed into the IJsselmeer. Location follows
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