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.
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: