Stichting Vliegeniersmonument Giessenlanden WO2
Airmen Monument Foundation Giessenlanden WW2
In March 2013 Peter den Tek found by coincidence a number of American .50 casings in a field near Asperen in the Netherlands. Research showed that on July 28th an American B-17 was attacked by German fighter planes in the skies over Leerdam and Asperen. The B-17 later crashed near Hoornaar. This all led to contact with Mrs. Anneke Bode of the Historic Society of Giessenburg and Schelluinen
The idea rose to erect a memorial for this B-17 near the location of the crash. A meeting with the Mayor of the municipality of Giessenlanden followed where this idea was discussed. The Mayor was positive but also indicated that more allied planes crashed in the Giessenlanden and he proposed to look into the possibility to erect one memorial for all of these planes. It would be a shame of only the crew of one plane would be remembered and not all the other crewmembers.
Further research showed that next to the B-17 which crashed near Hoornaar a further B-17, two British Halifax bombers, an American P-47 and P-51 were shot down in the area which is now the Giessenlanden Municipality. Eleven British, one Canadian and two American airmen lost their lives as a result of this.
With this information the three Historic Societies of Giessenlanden were approached to see if they wanted to cooperate on this project. The reactions were very positive and not long after that the first meeting was helt where the idea was discussed. A lot of information about these planes surfaced like eyewitness accounts and parts of the planes found by locals. Without the help and efforts of these societies this idea, which became a project could have never succeeded
The team from left to right: Corry Sparnaay, Peter den Tek, Arie de Bruin, Anneke Bode, André van Veen, Bert den Boer and Peter Baan
The logical next step was to create a foundation; this would further increase visibility and would promote raising funds for the realization of a memorial. The foundation is now a fact and the goal is the unveiling of a monument on Saturday May 2nd 2015.
One More Roll
We toast our hearty comrades who have fallen from the skies, and were gently caught by God's own hand to be with him on High.
To dwell among the soaring clouds they've known so well before. From victory roll to tail chase, at heaven's very door.
As we fly among them there, we're sure to head their plea. To take care my friend, watch your six, and do one more roll for me.