Memorial Halifax BB-223

In the night of 1 / 2 March 1943 Handley Page Halifax II BB-223 M-HC of RAF 51 Squadron crashed in the field opposite this memorial after it was hit by a German nightfighter. The entire crew lost their lives. The crew is buried at Wilp General Cemetery. On 2 March 2019 this memorial has been unveiled. At tha location of the crash seven lime trees have been planted in a circle to commemorate the crew members.

The text a the memorial is:

They gave their lives for our freedom

J.D.W. Stenhouse Flight Sergeant
C. Avery Sergeant
W. Colangelo Flight Sergeant
A. Beauchamp Sergeant
R.A.B. Willmott Pilot Officer
A. Howe Sergeant
J.B. Duncan Flying Officer


The text on an information panel tells the story of the crash.

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Source

  • Text: Arjan Vrieze
  • Photos: Arjan Vrieze