Vaassen general cemetery is situated on the outskirts of the village. Near the eastern boundary of the cemetery 12 commonwealth war graves are to be found. These are the final resting place for 6 crewmembers of a Handley Page Halifax that crashed on september 27, 1943 and 6 crewmembers of a Vickers Wellington that crashed on april 7, 1945.
Opposite these graves a marker is placed for the former Riekie Mulder ten Kate, a female member of the resistance during the war. After the war she was a great advocate for the realisation of the above mentioned war graves.
The graves are cared for by the local foundation "Broken Wings Vaassen". Furthermore the foundation organises commemorations with veterans, places markers to commemorate and remember and collects information and materials concerning the planes that crashed in Vaassen. Recently the foundation started a project to inform local schoolchildren.
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- Text: Broken Wings ’40 – ’45 Vaassen
- Photos: Geert Boogaard (1), Bert Deelman (2) & Fedor de Vries (3)