Lancaster - Dorkwerd

 

On May 23 1944, Lancaster DX-J NE 127 belonging to 57nd squadron and commanded by Francis Henley was on its way back from a sortie against Braunschweig. The aircraft was attacked by a German night fighter.

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The airplane crashed between Dorkwerd and Groningen, killing five of the seven airmen. A small memorial was errected at the crash site to commemorate this event.

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The crewmen, three British and two Canadian, are buried at the local cemetery of Hoogkerk.

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Halifax - Ten Boer

 

At July 25 1943, the Canadian Halifax HR864 LQM (Mother) commanded by Marcel Tomczak returned from a bombing mission against the Krupp steel works in Essen. Above the Dutch coast, they were attacked by a German nightfighter who hit two engines.  

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The plane exploded in the air and crashed near the town of Ten Boer (Groningen), killing six . One crew member survided and was taken prisoner by the Germans. The picture above shows the approximate crash site.

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The six killed Canadian airmen are buried at the local cemetery of Ten Boer. 

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Hampden - Roodehaan

 

At January 20, 1942 the British Handley Page Hampden AT148 EA-S (Sugar), from 49 squadron bomber command piloted by Alexander Harvey, returned from a bombing mission against Emden. Sugar was attacked above Groningen by a German night-fighter flewn by oberfeldwebel Paul Gildner. The plane crashed near Roodehaan, killing the entire crew of four

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The entire crew is buried at Noordijk cemetery, Groningen.

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Lancaster - Wolfsbarge

 

At February 20 1944  the Canadian Lancaster DS788 EQ-C, belonging to 408 squadron and piloted by John Frampton, was on its way back home from a sortie against Leipzig. The plane was attacked by a German night fighter and crashed near the hamlet of Wolfsbarge. 

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View over the approximate crash site.

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Five of the seven airmen were killed when the Lancaster fell out of the sky but two managed to bail out and safely landed with their parachute near Tynaarlo. Both were taken prisoner by the Germans.

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The killed Canadian airmen are buried at the cemetery of Kropswolde.

Whitley - Waterhuizen

 

On April 8 1941, Whitley T4145 GE-P (Peter) , beloning to 58 squadron bomber commend and piloted by Ronald Carrapiett, returned from a bombing mission against Kiel. Above Groningen the plane was attacked by a German night fighter commanded Oberfeldwebel Paul Gildner. 

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The plane exploded in the air and crashed near the small village of Waterhuizen. The picture shows a view towards the approximate crash site.

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Four airmen were killed, while one was taken prisoner by the Germans. The four British servicemen are buried the local cemetary of Esserveld, Groningen.

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Additionally, Esserveld contains the graves of other RAF servicemen. On May 16 1941, Wellington IC R1494 belonging to 103 squadron bomber command and piloted by Raymond Eccles returned from a sortie against Hanover but was hit by FLAK over Emden. Subsequently, the plane crashed near Oude Pekela, killing two crew members, which are buried at Esserveld. The other four crew members were taken prisoner by the Germans. 

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On March 1 1941, Blenheim T1895 GB-X part of 105 squadron bomber command returned from a mission against Wilhelmshaven. The plane was piloted by John Heape and attacked by a German nightfighter flewn by Oberfeldwebel Paul Gildner. The plane exploded in the sky and crashed near Oosterhogebrug, killing two of its crew members. These are buried at Esserveld, while the other crew member was taken prisoner by the Germans.

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On March 13 1941, Blenheim T2278, belonging to 110 squadron bomber command and piloted by John Dickinson, was on a mission against Hamburg. The plane was attacked by a German nightfighter flewn by Oberfeldwebel Paul Gildner and crashed near Tolbert, thereby killing the entire crew. That same night Wellington N2746 BU-M, part of 214 squadron bomber command and flewn by Alexander Elder, was also on its way to bomb Hamburg. The plane was also shot down by Oberfeldwebel Paul Gildner and crashed near Jipsinghuizen in the area of Vlagtwedde, killing five of the crew members. One crew member was taken prisoner by the Germans. The crew members of both bombers that were killed that night are buried on the same plot with with some of them sharing one grave. 

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View towards the approximate crash site of Wellington IC N2746. 

Hampden - Hoornsedijk

 

At August 18 1941, Hampden AE185, belonging to 50 squadron bomber command and piloted by  Eric Maskell, was on its way for a sortie against Bremen. Near Groningen the plane was attacked by a German night fighter commanded by Oberleutnant Ludwig Becker, a German ace. 

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The aircraft exploded in the air and crashed near the Hoornsedijk on the eastern bank of the Paterswoldsemeer. A memorial has been erected recently to commemorate this event.

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View towards the approximate crash site from the Hoornse dijk.

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View of the crash site near the Paterswoldsemeer, which nowadays contains holliday cottages.

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Three British airmen were killed when the plance crashed. The following day, their bodies were retrieved from the water and buried at Eshof cemetery in Haren. The pilot managed to bail out from the plane and was subsequently taken prisoner by the Germans.

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Wellington - Leens

 

At June 21 1942, Wellington X3713 (WS-J), belonging to 9 squadron bomber command and flewn by pilot Leslie James, returned from a mission against Emden.  Near Groningen the plane was intercepted and attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Prinz Egmont Zur Lippe Weissenfeld who was stationed at Leeuwarden airbase. 

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The Wellington crashed in a field near Leenstertillen (pictured) in the vicinity of Leens, thereby killing the entire crew of five airmen. 

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The entire crew is buried at the general cemetey of Leens. Note the DFM (distinguished flying medal) mentioned on the headstone of JD Baxter.  This medal was awarded to RAF personell who had completed 28 days service during WW2.

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Halifax - Vierhuizen

 

At June 21 1942, Halifax W1114 (MP-F), part of  76 squadron bomber command and piloted by Howard Norfolk, returned from a sortie against Emden. The plane was hit by FLAK at an altitude of about 4 km and subsequently intercepted and attacked by a German night fighter flewn by Prinz Egmont Zur Lippe Weissenfeld who was stationed at Leeuwarden airbase.  Of note, this was his 25th kill.

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The Halifax counted a crew of seven of which five bailed out. Four crew members landed safely and were captured by the Germans. The plane crashed in a field (pictured) near the hamlet of Vierhuizen.

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One crew member fell to his death after bailing out, while the other two did not manage to escape out of the plane and were killed during the crash. The killed crew members are buried at the general cemetery of Ulrum. 

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The general cemetery of Ulrum contains 10 British war graves and one polish. Of these, 8 have been identified and three remain unknown.