Translation with the help of Google translate. Only one of the six columns has been documented here. Klik hier om naar de versie in het Nederlands te gaan (pagina met alle zes Gedenkzuilen).
Introduction, six columns
In the municipality of De Ronde Venen, memorial columns have been erected at the six places where war planes crashed during the Second World War. What is special is that this was done for both Allied and German aircraft, so for friend and enemy.
The columns have the shape of a lectern, made of a steel plate with a bend. The date and a crashing plane are recessed into the base. Note the cutout, it always corresponds to the silhouette of the war plane.
The information panel is attached to the upper bent part with details of the aircraft, the flight and crew. This information is the result of a major investigation by Mr. Chris van der Linden. He has extensively documented the accidents on the Air War Waverveen and Surroundings website.
A suggestion from a resident has led to a project within the Historical Association De Proosdijlanden led by former councilor Jan van Breukelen, with this beautiful result, 75 years after the last of the six accidents.
Memorial column Vickers Wellington, 5 mei 1943
Wilnis, roundabout Mijdrechtse Dwarsweg/N212 Ir. Enschedeweg, at the entrance to the P+R lot
In connection with this Memorial column …
1. The Bristol Hercules XVI-engine monument, to the left of this column.
2. The Robert Moulton path, halfway to Wilnis village, the walking path over the railway embankment is named after the pilot (April 2019).
3. In Wilnis village: Memorial to fallen Canadian soldiers by Edwin Merks and their graves in the adjacent cemetery of the NH church.
“Je wilt gewoon weten wat die jongens heeft bewogen om in die vliegtuigen te stappen”
“You just want to know what motivated those guys to get on those planes”
Chris van der Linden