Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen counts a total of 1.642 military graves of soldiers that died on Dutch soil between September 3rd 1939 and May 5th 1945.
On the site where the cemetery these days is situated, the 504th Para Infantry Regiment of the US Army prepared for the crossing of the river Waal on Sptember 20th 1944.
The soldiers that lay here have the following nationalities:
United Kingdom: 1.389 of which 96 are unknown soldiers.
Canada: 88 of which 1 unknown.
Belgium: 5 (Four graves from 1945. One grave is from after the war, from January 26th 1946.)
The Netherlands: 2
CZECHOSLOVAKIAN WAR GRAVES
On the Commonwealth War Cemetery Jonkerbos in Nijmegen are six Czechoslovak War Graves. In two graves are two victims, in addition to these two graves is a single grave and at another location is also a single grave.
On April 17th 1941 at 20.55 departs a Wellington from airbase East Wretham with a full Czechoslovakian crew, Sgt F.Kracmer, F/O F.Sixta, P/O V.Kubicek, P/O V.J.J.Kosulic, Sgt V.Stetka en Sgt R.Liflic. This crew has been in service with the RAF, 311 Squadron Czechoslovakian. Their mission was the bombing of Berlin. Above Limburg in Holland, the plane was hit by enemy fire from the German night-fighter Werner Streib. The aircraft crashed down in Baexem in Limburg at 23.39. There were no survivors, the crew members were buried on the cemetery of the Luftwaffe in Venlo. After the war, this cemetery was dissolved, the bodies were then transferred to Nijmegen.
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- Text: TracesOfWar
- Photos: TracesOfWar.nl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), TracesOfWar.nl (6), Lennard Bolijn (7, 8)
- CHORLEY, W.R., RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, 1942, Ian Allan Publishing, 1998.
- MIDDLEBROOK, M. & EVERITT, C., The Bomber Command War Diaries, Midland Publishing, 2011.