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Crash information P9286 Winkel

During World War II more than 40 different bombers and jet fighters have crashed within de county borders of Hollands Kroon. The crashes were mostly on land, in the Ijssel lake and the Wadden sea.

Few crew members were arrested after using their parachute to reach the ground, others could flee with the help of the Resistance. However, the majority lost their lives and did not return home safely to their family and loved ones.

Information about the unveiling of the remembrance post for this crash

This remembrance post was unveiled on September 18th 2021

Location of this remembrance post

Crash Vickers Wellington Mk IC P9286 KO-K of 115 Squadron at the Groetpolder near Winkel

Crash information

The evening of 16 November 1940 at 20.15h, the Wellington bomber took off from Marham airport to target the city of Hamburg. On the way back to England, in the middle of the night the crew was completely surprised by a German hunting aircraft. The Wellington crashed at 02.05h. All crew members lost their lives.

 

The Wellington was taken down by the hunting aircraft of Oberleutnant Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weissenfeld. This was the lieutenant’s first, successful operation. Before crashing in 1944 he had already taken down 51 other aircrafts.

The crew

Donald Ewart Larkman

Sergeant

Pilot

21 years old

UK

Frederick Albert Core

Sergeant

2nd pilot

23 years old

UK

Malcolm Brian Mott

Sergeant

Observer

20 years old

UK

Robert Rodger

Sergeant

Radio operator

22 years old

UK

Thomas Walter Gostick

Sergeant

Gunner

23 years old

UK

John Carse Walton

Sergeant

Gunner

23 years old

UK

Photos of the unveiling

Reports and press

Unveiling of the 6th Remembrance Post in Winkel


There was a lot of interest in the unveiling of the remembrance post P9286 in Winkel on 18 September.


The official ceremony was attended by, among others, the alderman and veterans of the Veterans Contactgroep Wieringen/Hollands Kroon and Veterans Schagen. NH Nieuws reported on this ceremony. More photos can be found on our photo page

The unveiling captured on video

A moving response from Sandra, a niece of the deceased pilot Larkman:


Hello Chris,

 

Thank you so much for this. 

 

I just cannot appreciate enough what you have all done to honour our loved ones who we miss so very much. 

It never ceases to amaze me how much honour you pay to those who gave so much so that not only you, but we can be free today. 

 

I am so humbled by the Dutch. So grateful. 

 

Thank you for remembering.  

 

I only hope that we all can learn that this must not, cannot happen again. 

 

From myself and all the Larkman family, thank you, and we would do it again to save us all. 

 

Bless you. 

 

Sandra

Family of Thomas Walter Gostick commemorate in Winkel

On August 31, 2022, Jack and Gill Salter arrived from York, England. Jack's father was the cousin of Thomas Walter Gostick, gunner of the Wellington bomber that crashed in the Groetpolder on November 16, 1940. Thomas was called Sonny within the family. Thomas's mother, and therefore Jack's aunt, always talked a lot about her son, but her husband didn't allowe talking about Sonny. Jack had to promise his great-aunt that he would visit Thomas' grave someday. Jack and Gill came across in their remake Morgan, a special car that they would drive on to Germany for a Morgan day held there.


Jack and Gill were very impressed with the ceremony that was held. The veterans of Hollands Kroon and Schagen were present. The May 4 foundation was also present and had provided coffee, tea and a petit four. There were also a number of former residents present. At the commemoration, beautiful words were spoken by Geertje Hannema, daughter of the former owner of the plot where the six crew members died, and by Alderman Lilian Peters on behalf of the Municipality of Hollands Kroon. Dirk Bak blew the Last Post and the English national anthem. After the ceremony, Jack and Gill were taken by Chris to the remembrance post, which was pleced and unveiled in 2021. Chris showed the spot where the plane came down. It was a beautiful memorial that left many impressions.


Photo: Chris Dijkshoorn

Photo: Marc Moussault

NH News report


Kelly Blok of NH Nieuws reported on this commemoration. Click here for the report, with video.

Photo's: Marc Moussault en Chris Dijkshoorn

Photo: Marc Moussault