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Monument John Thould Merksplas

Monument to flying officer John Thould who was shot down here on October 13, 1944 by German anti-aircraft guns

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In the liberation of Wortel Colony in WWII, the Canadians requested and received assistance from the RAF's 263 Squadron, which was equipped with the Hawker Typhoon 1B. They took off from Deurne and flew in formation to the Kempen. They specialized in shooting the enemy during a dive. That also happened on Friday, October 13, 1944.
However, pilot officer John Thould's fighter plane was shot down by the German anti-aircraft guns. The plane crashed on Staakheuvel and John Thould lost his life. It is now in the municipal cemetery of Merksplas.

He gave his life for our freedom.

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  • Text: Jhonny Bastiaensen
  • Photos: Jhonny Bastiaensen