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Photo report memorials to the crews of two Short Stirlings in Montfoort

10Jul

Photo report memorials to the crews of two Short Stirlings in Montfoort

On Wednesday 29 June 2022, two new memorials were unveiled in Montfoort to the crews of two Short Stirling bombers that crashed here during the Second World War.

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Photo report unveiling memorial Lancaster DS818

13Jun

Photo report unveiling memorial Lancaster DS818

On 13 June 2022 a memorial was unveiled in Nunspeet for the crew of Avro Lancaster II DS818 JI-Q 'Maggie' of RAF 514 Sqdn. The aircraft had taken off from Waterbeach base in England for an attack on Gelsenkirchen. On June 13, 1944 during the return flight the aircraft was shot down by a German night fighter at the Oosteinderweg in Nunspeet. Four British crew members were killed. They are buried at the General Cemetery East in Nunspeet.

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British veterans visit the Airborne Museum

26Feb

British veterans visit the Airborne Museum

On Saturday 26 February 2022, a group of British veterans visited the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek. The renovated museum would be opened by them on March 13, 2020. That didn't happen in the nick of time because the first lockdown related to Corona came into force on that day.

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Photo Report Race to the Bridge 2021

24Sep

Photo Report Race to the Bridge 2021

When the first Airbornes landed on 17 September 1944 in the Renkum/Wolfheze area, it was of the utmost importance to reach their target as quickly as possible: the road bridge in Arnhem. Every year on the Saturday afternoon during the memorial weekend, this Race to the Bridge is reenacted.

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Photo Report  Airborne Commemorations Renkum and Heelsum 17 September 2021

23Sep

Photo Report Airborne Commemorations Renkum and Heelsum 17 September 2021

On September 17, 2021, the Airborne commemoration was held at the landing areas near Renkum at the beginning of the afternoon. It was then exactly 77 years ago that the first paratroopers and gliders of the 1st Airborne Division landed here. In the evening the commemoration took place at the Airborne memorial in Heelsum.

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Photo Report Commemoration Victims Bomb Raid 17 September 1944 Ede

22Sep

Photo Report Commemoration Victims Bomb Raid 17 September 1944 Ede

On September 17, 1944 at 11:41 in the morning the first bombs fell from allied aircraft in the area around the Parkweg in Ede. The bombs were intended to attack German targets on the east side of Ede, prior to the Airborne landings later that day. A second attack followed in the afternoon. A total of 71 inhabitants of Ede died as a result.

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Photo Report Commemoration Air Despatch Memorial 2021

22Sep

Photo Report Commemoration Air Despatch Memorial 2021

The last formal commemoration in the Arnhem Airborne weekend is the commemoration at the Air Despatch monument, near the cemetery in Oosterbeek.

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Photo report Ceremony headstone with name for unknown Polish soldier

21Sep

Photo report Ceremony headstone with name for unknown Polish soldier

On Friday, September 16 2021, a ceremony was held at the Airborne cemetery in Oosterbeek because the grave of an unknown Polish soldier was given a new stone with name. Thanks to research by Mateusz Mróz, it has been established that the remains in this grave must have come from Edward Trochim of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade. The ceremony attracted a lot of interest.

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Photo report Airborne commemoration Bear Pit Arnhem

21Sep

Photo report Airborne commemoration Bear Pit Arnhem

Prior to the ceremony in the 'Bear Pit' on Friday evening September 16, 2021, there was a meeting for invited guests in the Eusebius Church. Speeches were given here by, among others, Mayor Marcouch and State Secretary Blokhuis.

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Photo Report Airborne Commemoration Arnhem-West

21Sep

Photo Report Airborne Commemoration Arnhem-West

During the first days of the Battle of Arnhem there was heavy fighting in Arnhem-West. The units intended to reinforce the bridge were stopped here. Every year on the Friday afternoon during the memorial weekend in September, there is a ceremony at the monument that General Urquhart himself unveiled. An impression of Friday 17 September 2021:

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Photo Report Air landings and Commemorations Ginkel Heath

20Sep

Photo Report Air landings and Commemorations Ginkel Heath

On Saturday 18 September 2021, the Air Landing and commemoration took place on Ginkel Heath near Ede. Because of Covid without veterans, but with a large crowd and many historic vehicles.

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Photo Report Commemoration Airborne Cemetery Oosterbeek

19Sep

Photo Report Commemoration Airborne Cemetery Oosterbeek

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, the annual commemoration was held at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek. Due to the Corona measures, unfortunately with a limited number of invited guests and no Arnhem veterans.

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Photo Report Airborne region gears up

16Sep

Photo Report Airborne region gears up

The weekend of 17 to 19 September is the focus of the commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem. During the days leading up to this, a lot is already happening. In recent years, exercise Falcon Leap has been held in this week. Large groups of military paratroopers are dropped at various places in the region. Flags are hung and crosses are placed. The first wreath laying takes place. Reenactors and old vehicles appear in the streets etc.

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Photo report Parachute jumps at Wolfheze on 16 September 2021

16Sep

Photo report Parachute jumps at Wolfheze on 16 September 2021

On Thursday morning Parachute Group Holland made parachute jumps near Wolfheze on the eastern part of the terrain that was known as Landing zone S during the Battle of Arnhem.

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Photo report Candles on Airborne War Cemetery Airborne Cemetery Oosterbeek

Dec2020

Photo report Candles on Airborne War Cemetery Airborne Cemetery Oosterbeek

The restrictions regarding Covid-19 did not prevent a small group of volunteers to place candles on the graves on Christmas Eve at the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek.

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Photo Report 'Airborne' premiere at Wings of Liberation Best

Mar2020

Photo Report 'Airborne' premiere at Wings of Liberation Best

At Museum Wings of Liberation Best, the art installation “Airborne” was opened on Friday 6 March 2020. Around 75 years of freedom, Brabant Remembers shows with 'The Art of Freedom' in a series of temporary art installations at WWII heritage sites, not only the impact of the Second World War at the time, but also the importance for now and tomorrow.

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Photo Report Commemoration Liberation 's-Hertogenbosch (part 2 ceremony)

Oct2019

Photo Report Commemoration Liberation 's-Hertogenbosch (part 2 ceremony)

On Saturday afternoon (26 October 2019) in the one and a half weeks of commemoration of the liberation of 's-Hertogenbosch there was a ceremony and an exhibition of military vehicles at De Parade, the center of the commemorations.

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Photo Report Commemoration Liberation 's-Hertogenbosch (part 1 parade)

Oct2019

Photo Report Commemoration Liberation 's-Hertogenbosch (part 1 parade)

On Saturday afternoon (26 October 2019) in the one and a half weeks of commemoration of the liberation of 's-Hertogenbosch there was a parade of all kinds of military material from and to De Parade, the center of the commemorations.

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Photo Report Race to the Bridge 2019

Sep2019

Photo Report Race to the Bridge 2019

On the Saturday afternoon in the weekend of the commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem, the Race to the Bridge is held. It's a convoy of historic vehicles which follows the route of the Airbornes in 1944 from the landing zones near Renkum to the John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. On the way back the column drives through Oosterbeek via the Utrechsteweg.

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Photo Report Interment of ashes Arnhem veterans at Oosterbeek Cemetery

Sep2019

Photo Report Interment of ashes Arnhem veterans at Oosterbeek Cemetery

On Friday 20 September 2019 the interment of ashes of two veterans of the Battle of Arnhem took place at the Oosterbeek War Cemetery. First was the ceremony for private Steve Morgan of the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment. The second ceremony was for private Dennis Collier of 156 Battalion Parachute Regiment. Both veterans attended frequently the annual commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem. The Oosterbeek War Cemetery is the only location where the Commonwealth War Graves Commission allows interments of ashes.

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Photo Report ‘Airmen in the line of fire’

Sep2019

Photo Report ‘Airmen in the line of fire’

On 20 September 2019 a memorial was unveiled in Opheusden to commemorate all plane crashes during World War II in the Neder-Betuwe region. The memorial ‘Airmen in the line of fire’ consists of a main element made of a column with the silhouette of an aircraft. On both sides there are two rows, 16 columns in total, each showing the silhouette of an aircraft. They symbolise the 16 aircraft that crashed in the area of Neder-Betuwe during World War II. An information panel nearby illustrates the history in brief. This panel and each column refer to a website with information on each aircraft and its crew. The combined Committees 4/5 May in Neder-Betuwe are responsible for the memorial and its unveiling.

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Photo Report Unveiling memorial Flt David Lord VC, DFC

Sep2019

Photo Report Unveiling memorial Flt David Lord VC, DFC

On 19 September 2019 a memorial was unveiled to [bioid]102,Flight Lieutenant David Samuel Anthony Lord VC DFC[/bioid] at the Reijerskamp in Wolfheze Netherlands. It was at that day exactly 75 years ago that David Lord crashed with his Dakota on Landing Zone S during a resupply flight for the 1st Airnborne Division which was fighting the Battle of Arnhem. David was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his brave attempt to drop the supplies at the right place although his aircraft was on fire.

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Photo Report Airborne Memorial Wolfheze

Sep2019

Photo Report Airborne Memorial Wolfheze

The commemoration at the Airborne memorial in Wolfheze was held this year on Sunday 22 September. In this service special attention is given to the Glider Pilot Regiment, because this unit adopted this memorial as theirs. Two Arnhem veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment, Ron Johnson and Frank Ashleigh, attended the ceremony.

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