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Netherland Liberated in 1944/1945

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Vlaardingen 26 March 2015

Report from Peter Bongers:

On March 26 in 1942 the Wellington Z1321 bomber, part of the 142th Squadron of the Royal Air Force crashed in Vlaardingen. None of the 6 crewmembers survived, two of them were Canadian.

Pieter Schlebaum, history teacher on a comprehensive school nearby did lots of research on this crash and launched the plan for a monument at the site in question (situated in the park named Holy). This monument has been unveiled in 2012.

Twice a year (around March 26th and on Remembrance Day) a commemoration ceremony is held.

The monument has been adopted by the school above-mentioned, and this is the reason why a lot of schoolkids attend the ceremonies, and play an active role in it (laying of flowers and reading of poems). This year these ceremonies are also attended by the mayor of Vlaardingen, representatives of the Royal British Legion, the Canadian Embassy, the Dutch Royal Air Force, a British reverent and Dutch veterans. The last two years a representative of RCL Branch 005 has layed a wreath.

 

vlaardingen 2015

(Foto: Hans van Ekelenburg)

SERGEANT DAVID WHITE 20 JAAR BRITISH
FLIGHT SERGEANT WILLIAM PIPHER 24 JAAR CANADIAN
FLIGTH SERGEANT ANDREW LENNOX 23 JAAR CANADIAN
SERGEANT ALFRED JELLY 29 JAAR BRITISH
SERGEANT ERIC GROVES 22 JAAR BRITISH
SERGEANT RONALD BARRIE 21 JAAR BRITISH

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.….