German losses during the airwar over the Giessenlanden area

11 may 1940, the second day of the German invasion of the Netherlands. German bombers from KG 54 "Totenkopf" bomb Dutch positions at Rotterdam and the Hague. At Gorinchem the Heinkel He 111's are targeted by the 114th Regiment Anti-Aircraft guns which are positioned at the fields of football club Unitas. They hit one of the bombers and the four crewmembers leave the plane by parachute. Engineer Willy Woszcyna is killed when his parachute fails to open. His body is found near Arkel. The three remaining crewmembers survive but are taken prisoner and are transported to England. On May 10th The AA guns of the 114th Regiment reportedly shoot down two Junckers Ju-52 and a Dornier DO-17

11 May 1940 Heinkel He 111 Arkel-Gorinchem

23 August 1943 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Giessenburg-Hoornaar

Photo courtesy of Ivo de Jong

left Gerhard Karl and to the right Paul Schauder and the squadron dog "Hasso"

Messerschmitt Bf109 G-6

On 23/8/1943 German pilot Gerhard Karl takes off in his Bf 109 G-6 to intercept American bomber formations detected by German radar. What he doesn't know is that there are no bombers in the air but 158 American P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes belonging to the 355 Fighter Group which mission it is to simulate bomber formations and to lure German fighters from their bases at Brugge, Woensdrecht and Schiphol. Lt Karl is killed when his Bf 109 G-6 is shot down and crashes between Giessenburg and Hoornaar and buries itself deep into the ground where it is still lying. Lt Karl is buried at the German cemetery at Ysselsteyn.