Crash Location Mosquito B Mk XVl ML979 Dronten

MEMORIAL POLE 2 CRASH ROUTE EASTERN FLEVOLAND.

During World War II many aircraft crashed in Eastern Flevoland. During the draining of the polder, many of these aircraft were found and salvaged. In 2008 the 4 may Memorial Foundation Dronten had the idea, to register, to describe and to mark the location were the aircraft crashed with a memorial pole. This to remind the Airgunners and to make history visable.

The unveiling of the first pole was on 29 april 2011 in the Eskimolaan in Dronten.
Memorial pole 1 was the first of a total of 16 poles, which in 2011 were placed by the Foundation 4 may Memorial Dronten.

This was a Mosquito of 109 Squadron which was based at RAF Little Staughton. It was part of the Pathfinder Squadrons and on the night of the 27th November 1944 took off on a mission to mark targets at Nuess with Pilot M. Williamson and navigator Flying Officer Alfred Kitchen. Due to engine failure the aircraft crashed. The pilot managed to bail out and was captured. Flying Officer Kitchen died in the crash. His body was recovered 4th March 1945 and was buried at Kampen cemetery.

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Source

  • Text: Robert Brown
  • Photos: Willem Visser
  • Stichting 4 mei Herdenking Dronten