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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 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


November 2022

Added: The whole story about the crash of the Czech-Slovak crew of the Z8838 at the Molenweg in Middenmeer


October 2022

New crashes added to the site

Added english subtitles to videos of the unveiling in Breezand (R1226) en Middenmeer (Lady Jane)

Video report of the unveiling on October 8th

Report and photos of the unveiling 42-107009 in Middenmeer

Video report of the unveiling in Breezand, july 2nd


September 2022

The crash of the Lady Jane: The whole story

Invitation to the unveiling of the post for the Lady Jane

Video report of the unveiling in Anna Paulowna

Report and photos of the unveiling Z6462 Anna Paulowna

Relatives of Thomas Walter Gostick visit Winkel

Video report of the unveiling on June 11, 2022 (Polish crew Z1467)


August 2022

New information about the Z6462 (Anna Paulowna)


July 2022

Memorial for Raymond Kennedy at the cemetery in Middenmeer

Family James Stewart visits cemetery Middenmeer

Report and photos of the unveiling R1223 in Breezand



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

- The "Lady Jane" 42-107009



 

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


For items with

the remembrance post is placed and unveiled

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 : T3034

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 : Unveiled

Date : 11-06-2022

Wellington

Z1467


Slootdorp

Molenweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 11-06-2022

Wellington

R1226


Breezand

Zandvaart


Status : Unveiled

Date : 02-07-2022 

Wellington

R1226


Breezand

Zandvaart


Status : Unveiled

Date : 02-07-2022

Whitley

Z6462


Anna Paulowna

Veerweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 17-09-2022

Whitley

Z6462


Anna Paulowna

Veerweg


Status : Unveiled

Date : 17-09-2022

Boeing B17

42-107009


Middenmeer

Tussenweg


Status : Unveiled

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 : Unveiled

Date : 08-10-2022

Wellington

T2990


Nieuwe Niedorp

Kanaalweg


Status : Planned for 2023

Date : 

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew :  5 KIA / 1 POW


Pilot : Bufka

SGLO : T1068

Wellington

T2990


Nieuwe Niedorp

Kanaalweg


Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

P-47-C Thunderbolt

42-7924


Den Oever

IJsselmeer


Status : Planned for 2023

Date : 

P-47-C Thunderbolt

42-7924


Den Oever

IJsselmeer


Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

B-24-D Liberator

42-63969


IJsselmeer



Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

B-24-D Liberator

42-63969


IJsselmeer



Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

Mosquito IV

DZ386


IJsselmeer



Status : Planned for 2023

Date : 

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 2 KIA


Pilot : 

SGLO : T2207 

Mosquito IV

DZ386


IJsselmeer



Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

Halifax II

JD149


Waddenzee



Status : Planned for 2023

Date : 

Halifax II

JD149


Waddenzee



Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

Lancaster

W4256


Waddenzee



Status : Planned for 2023

Date : 

Lancaster

W4256


Waddenzee



Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

Beaufighter

NT918


Wieringerwaard

Kruisweg


Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Crew : 2 POW


Pilot : Gaunt

SGLO : T5121

Beaufighter

NT918


Wieringerwaard

Kruisweg


Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

Lancaster III

ND357


Kolhorn



Status : Planned for 2023

Date : 

Detailed information about this crash and the unveiling


Bemanning : 7 KIA


Piloot : Mansfield

SGLO : T3314

Lancaster III

ND357


Kolhorn



Status : Planned for 2023

Date :

B-24 Liberator

44-49972


Lutjewinkel



Status : To be planned

Date :

B-24 Liberator

44-49972


Lutjewinkel



Status : To be planned

Date :