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
Invitation to the unveiling of our 16th remembrance post on October 8 at the Tussenweg in Middenmeer
On Monday, November 6, 1944 at 1:27 PM, an American four-engine Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber code 42-107009 made an emergency landing at the Tussenweg in Middenmeer. The aircraft belonged to the 401st Bomb Group and 613th Bomb Squadron. The crew had nicknamed the bomber "Lady Jane".
None of the nine crew members was injured in the crash. Residents in the vicinity of the crash were also unharmed.
On October 8, 2022, we will unveil a remembrance post for the crew of the Lady Jane. As with our other unveilings, veterans will be present and a representation from the Municipality of Hollands Kroon. We are also expecting a special guest. The grandson of the Lady Jane's navigator is in Italy for work and is coming to the Netherlands especially for this unveiling.
Anyone who is interested is welcome from 14:00 in De Cultuurschuur, Loggersplein 1 in Wieringerwerf. At 14:30 there is a word of welcome after which we leave for Tussenweg nr 3 where the remembrance post will be unveiled. This day's program ends around 3:30 PM.
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
Unveiling of the 15th remembrance post Anna Paulowna on September 17, 2022
On September 17, 2022, our 15th remembrance post was unveiled. This happened at the Veerdijk in Anna Paulowna. Those interested were received in the Dutch Reformed Church in Anna Paulowna. From there, visitors were taken to the site of the unveiling in original American army trucks from the Medemblik War Museum.
The remembrance post was unveiled by the mayor of the municipality of Hollands Kroon, Rian van Dam. This is where the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V Z6462 crashed on January 16, 1941 after it suffered an engine failure. All five crew members were able to leave the aircraft in time and survived the crash. On the Veerdijk, near the place where the plane crashed, Chris Dijkshoorn from our foundation told us exactly what happened here.
Mayor Van Dam said in her speech that she tried to imagine what the crew members must have felt when they knew the plane would crash. To end up as a soldier of the United Kingdom in a country where you have never been before, and then be captured by the occupying forces. Mayor Van Dam has attended nearly all of our commemorative posts' unveilings, and on several occasions she has tried to imagine what the heroes we commemorate at our unveilings must have felt at those crucial moments. She concluded that this is actually impossible.
After the words of Chris Dijkshoorn and mayor Van Dam, Dirk Bak blew "God save the King" and "We'll meet again" with his trumpet. The veterans present, as always, provided a beautiful, solemn ceremonial, after which the unveiling of the remembrance post was carried out. Mayor van Dam laid a wreath at the remembrance post.
After this, those who were interested had the opportunity to drive with the American army trucks past the places where the five crew members ended up. In all these places Chris told who had landed with additional background information. The afternoon ended wherever we started, at the Reformed Church in Anna Paulowna.
Click here for all information about the Z6462 crash, all photos and reports
Video report by Dennis Mulder
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.
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: email@example.com
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: