On the 6th of June 2015, in the village of Oud-Beijerland a monument was revealed, to honour the 87 allied airmen, who were shot down above the Hoeksche Waard during the 2nd World War. The Hoeksche Waard is one of the islands in the province of Zuid-Holland, south of the city of Rotterdam.
The airmen originated from: the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, New-Zealand, Polen, Norway and the Netherlands. Most of them are buried in: Bergen op Zoom, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Margraten and Strijen.
By working together but also with many discussions a monument is developed and placed in the municipality of Oud-Beijerland. The monument shows the outlines of the area of “the Hoekse Waard” with the planes passing over for the liberation of the Netherlands cut out of the steel.
Afterwards many attendants witnessed a honourable ceremony and representatives of all countries laid wreaths. The Act of Remembrance was read by one of the present next of kin.
The Colour Party of RCL005 was this time completed by two veterans from Belgium.
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Pictures thanks to Suzanne Schippers, Municipality of Oud-Beijerland;
Article thanks to Peter Bongers – RCL005