Halifax crash memorial - Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Axel-F
N 52° 09.022 E 004° 39.612
31U E 613587 N 5779062
Quick Description: Painted concrete seat to remember the crash of a Halifax.
Location: Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Date Posted: 10/16/2021 8:05:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM154QR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ištván
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Long Description:
Monument to remember the night of 16 to 17 June 1944, when the Germans shot down a Halifax bomber carrying seven Canadians over Alphen. They died as a result.

It is freely accessable 24/7.

Text on plaque in both Dutch and English.
Englisch text:
On 16 June 1944 at 2236 pm, the Halifax Mk Ill MZ297 WL-Z of RCAF
434 squadron took off from RAF Croft in England. The plane was part of a
wave of 321 aircrafts to participate in a raid on the German oil refinery in Sterkrade/Holten.
On the way back, the Halifax was attacked north of Den Bosch at 1:54 am
by a German Messerschmitt Bf 110 G4 of the Stab IV/NIGI Nachtjagd-
geschwader flown by pilot H. Schnautfer, radio operator F. Rumpelhardt and
air gunner W. Gansler.
Eventually the burning Halifax crashed lose to this location in Alphen aan
den Rijn on the Herenweg (now Oude Herenweq). All seven crew members
lost their lives and they are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves section of the general cemetery in Oud Leusden.

Bemanningsleden/Crew Members
1 Earl Stewart Dwyer RCAF KIA vlieger/pilot
2 John Henry Bolton RAF KIA boordwerktuigkundige /flight engineer
3 Stanley Keith Kaiser RCAF KIA navigator /navigator
4 Arthur Robert Moorby RCAF KIA radiotelegrafist-boordschutter/wireless operator-gunner
5 James Comwallis Lummis RCAF KIA bommenrichter/bomb aimer
6 Norman Erick Moore RCAF KIA boordschutter/qunner
7 Thomas Duncan Turner RCAF KIA boordschutter/qunner
Source: plaque at the wall near the seat.
Date of Dedication: 6/1/2018

Property Permission: Public

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Location of waymark:
Shopping center Herenhof
Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH The Netherlands


Commemoration: Crash of airplane and death of the crew.

Access instructions: Not listed

Access times: Not listed

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