Unveiling of 2 remembrance posts in Wieringerwaard
On October 30, 2 remembrance posts were unveiled. These posts are located on the Molenweg and the Slikkerdijk in Wieringerwaard.
Before the official unveiling, Chris Dijkshoorn of our Foundation and Rian van Dam, mayor of the Municipality of Hollands Kroon, spoke in the water tower. Due to the weather conditions, we were very happy with the hospitality of Sven Rickli, he made sure that the ceremonies could take place inside the beautiful water tower. At the entrance of the water tower hangs a newspaper article about the crash with the Beaufighters and a part of one of the aircraft where even a serial number is still clearly legible.
Mayor van Dam once again emphasized how important it is to continue to commemorate the young heroes, often in their twenties. They boarded their plane for our freedom and were never sure if they would come home again.
Chris talked about both crashes. On June 13, 1943 an English Avro Lancaster III bomber crashed in the meadow at the Slikkerdijk. Four crew members managed to jump out of the plane and were arrested shortly afterwards. Two crew members are still missing. One crew member was found two weeks after the crash in a cornfield and is buried in the Wieringerwaard cemetery.
On January 17, 1945, two British Bristol Beaufighters flew into each other just past the Water Tower. The crew members of both aircraft were killed. They are also buried in the Wieringerwaard cemetery. Chris also told about Teun Wonder. A 16-year-old boy who was killed in 1944 by English fighter planes. Teun is buried near the crew members we commemorate today. Teun's brother and sister unveiled the information panels on the pole in front of the water tower. The national anthems of the Netherlands and England were played in the water tower by trumpeter Dirk Bak. The national anthems sounded extra beautiful this time because of the acoustics of the water tower.
At the cemetery, wreaths and flowers were laid at the graves of the killed crew members, and at the grave of Teun Wonder. Dirk Bak blew the Last Post, followed by a minute of silence. Partly due to the presence of veterans from Schagen and Hollands Kroon, it was another successful day.
Impressive unveiling of remembrance post Z8838 at Middenmeer on October 9, 2021
october 9, 2021 - Amid great interest, remembrance post Z8838 was unveiled on 9 October. Willy de Bruin-Bakker performed the official act under the watchful eye of local residents and many other interested parties.
This sunny Saturday afternoon started in Wieringerwerf, where guests were offered coffee and cake by the Historisch Genootschap Wieringermeer in De Cultuurschuur. There were also previously excavated parts on display that were made available to our foundation earlier this week by Wim Braak. In De Cultuurschuur, speeches were given by representatives of the Czech and Slovak embassies, Katerina Sequensova and Jozef Kušlita. Fred de Vries also spoke on behalf of the Historisch Genootschap Wieringermeer and Harry Doesburg on behalf of 311 Squadron Association from England. The organization of this day was in the hands of the chairman of our foundation, Mark Hakvoort.
After the meeting in De Cultuurschuur, the group left for the place where the memorial post was unveiled, the Molenweg near Middenmeer. Mark emphasized here how important it is that we continue to remember and that the heroes who fought for our freedom should never be forgotten. The names of the six young men who fell on the Molenweg were mentioned. They were between 21 and 30 years old when their Wellington bomber was shot down by a German night fighter.
The unveiling ceremony was impressive. Dirk Bak blew the Czech and Slovak anthems with his trumpet, and a minute's silence was held after "The Last Post". The presence of no fewer than eleven veterans from Hollands Kroon and Schagen, led by Dirk Doornik, made it a beautiful ceremony.
Mayor of Hollands Kroon, Rian van Dam, made it clear in her speech that the six crew members who died are real heroes who gave their lives for our freedom, and many others with them.
Our foundation Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon is proud that we once again had so many visitors this afternoon. Not only (former) residents of the Molenweg and Schagerweg, but also the Historical Associations of, among others, De Wieringermeer, Wieringen, Medemblik and Hoogwoud were represented. The purpose of our foundation is to commemorate and not to forget, this afternoon certainly contributed to that. The Czech media, Czech TV and Czech Radio and Slovak TV have also played an important role in this.
Check out our photo page for our photos from this day, and other reveals. On the news and media page you will find links to other media where Stichting Herdenkinspalen Hollands Kroon draws attention to our activities.
Click on the photo for the report on Slovak TV
Placement remembrance post without official unveiling
january 2021 - Sunday evening 3 January 1943 the Lancaster bomber W4769 QR-V exploded at a 6 km altitude. All crew members aged between 19-26 years lost their lives.
A private unveiling of this new remembrance post will be held on the 6th of February, to honour the request of the family of one of the crew members. Unfortunately, no guest are allowed due to the strict COVID-19 regulations
On the 6th of February our board members are going to place the information panel on the remembrance post. They will add a moment of silence to remember the 7 heroes.
Impressive unveiling of 3rd remembrance post
5 september 2020 - Today, in the presence of a large gathering, the third remembrance post is unveiled. On 30 January 1944, a Lancaster with on board 7 young crew members, 3 from Australia and 4 from Great Britain, exploded above Kolhorn. Wilhelmina Struik eye witnessed this catastrophe. Together with the Australian ambassador, Matthew Neuhaus, she carried out the official unveiling. It was an impressive ceremony in which Dirk Bak played the national anthems. The presence of Rian van Dam, mayor of Hollands Kroon, and 10 veterans completed the official character of this unveiling. For more information see our news page and these pictures.
SHHK receives €6000,- from Windfonds
June 2020 -
Foundation Herdenkingspalen Hollands Kroon has received an outstanding financial contribution from the Windfoundation Wieringermeer.
On 3 June the handover took place near the remembrance post Wagenpad. More information on our News page.
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
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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.
Crash Site information
With the remembrance posts, crew members from different nationalities are commemorated. In the municipality Hollands Kroon, crew members from the following countries were crashed:
United States of America
Germany / Austria
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.