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Photo report unveiling new Airborne memorials

During the commemoration period of the Battle of Arnhem in September 2022, three new memorials were unveiled. With this image report we want to look at this in more detail:

Memorial to Captain Raymond Harold Stevens

This memorial was unveiled on Thursday 15 September. Captain Raymond Harold Stevens of the 1st (Airborne) Forward Observer Unit Royal Artillery, was attached to HQ156 Parachute Battalion. He was wounded during the fighting in the Oosterbeek perimeter. He managed to flee to the basement of the house at 13 De La Reijweg. Here he died of his wounds on September 24, 1944. Captain Stevens was initially buried in the garden of the house and later transferred to the Airborne cemetery in Oosterbeek. The memorial was an initiative of Karel Riksen, the owner of the house, and it was unveiled by relatives of Raymond Stevens.

Memorial to the Glider Pilot Regiment

This monument was unveiled on Friday September 16 in Wolfheze. It is next to the Glider landmark. Ramon de Heer and Frans Ammerlaan have spent years making this great wish of the last veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment come true. The memorial was unveiled by mayor Agnes Schaap and children's mayor Thom Eerens of the municipality of Renkum.

Memorial to the crew of Short Stirling EF298

This memorial was unveiled on Friday September 16 at estate Quadenoord in the municipality of Renkum. The Stirling was hit by FLAK on September 23, 1944, during a resupply flight for the Airborne Division. All crew members and air despatchers were killed in the crash just north of the memorial. The memorial is an initiative of Paul Brooker, nephew of flight engineer Richard Bond. On one side of the memorial is the text in Dutch. On the other side in English.

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  • Source: Tracesofwar, Arjan Vrieze
  • Published on: 24-09-2022 15:31:18