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 remembrance post for the crew of the Lady Jane
On October 8, 2022, our 16th remembrance post was unveiled for the crew of the Boeing B-17 bomber. The B-17 Flying Fortress 42-107009 “Lady Jane” made an emergency landing on 6 November 1944 at the Tussenweg in Middenmeer. All nine crew members survived the crash. Click here for the full story about this event.
Interested parties gathered in De Cultuurschuur in Wieringerwerf with a reception by the Historisch Genootschap Wieringermeer. After our chairman, Mark Hakvoort, had welcomed everyone, the visitors were addressed by deputy mayor Maarten Versluis. He gave a special welcome to Noah and Bailey Contreras who came over to the Netherlands for a few days especially for this occasion. Noah is a great-grandson of Fred Campbell, navigator on the Lady Jane. Maarten Versluis wondered what it must have been like for the nine crew members to be captured by the German occupier after the plane crash. The uncertainty, the strange place far from home, it is almost impossible for us to imagine what these men must have been through. The deputy mayor also made a link to the current war in Ukraine and emphasized once again how important freedom is. The crew of the Lady Jane contributed to our freedom.
Around 14:30 the visitors left for the Tussenweg for the unveiling of the remembrance post. Before the unveiling, Mark told what happened here almost 78 years ago. There are now greenhouses on the fields of Biesheuvel and Iwema, where the Boeing landed with only 2 working engines. Demian Otten surprised us this week with the announcement that he has two rudder pedals from the Lady Jane. He came to Middenmeer with these rudder pedals for this unveiling.
The veterans, whose presence at our unveilings is now an established fact, gave extra cachet to the ceremony. Dirk Bak, the ever-present trumpeter, blew the national anthem of the United States and then “Wild Blue Yonder” the national anthem of the U.S. Air Force. The unveiling of the remembrance post was performed by Noah Contreras, after which wreaths and flowers were laid on behalf of the municipality of Hollands Kroon, the veterans, the Freedom Flame foundation and the Wieringermeer Historical Society. Noah thanked everyone for the warm welcome and was impressed by the events of the day.
Click here for all reports and photos and more information about the Lady Jane
Video report Regio Noordkop
By: Harm Brouwer
Video report Gemeente Hollands Kroon
Subtitled in English
By: Matthijs Gemmink
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
Only available in Dutch
Presentation of our Foundation at the local veteran's day.
September 24 was the annual local veterans day, organized by the Municipality of Schagen and the committee Veterans Schagen. Our foundation was invited to tell us about our activities here. In village hall Ahoj in Tuitjenhorn, about 50 visitors watched and listened to the presentation that Chris Dijkshoorn gave.
Photos: Pierre Mettes
The latest changes on our site
Added: The whole story about the crash of the Czech-Slovak crew of the Z8838 at the Molenweg in Middenmeer
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: