Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945


Monument chart: M0073
Monument Name T/R Number
Monument Halifax W1113 T1657
Date unveiling Street City Zipcode Province
June 30, 2002 Dwarsvaartweg 18 Noordwolde 8391 MH Friesland
The monument in Noordwolde comprises a boulder that was taken from the crashsite of RAF Halifax bomber MK II W1113 LQ-G. At the foot of the boulder lay eight small boulders.  The big boulder symbolizes the crashed Halifax, the eight small boulders represent the eight crew members who perished in the crash.
The monument was erected in memory of the eight Allied airmen who lost their lives on June 30, 1942. Their Halifax Mk II W1113 LQ-G belonged to RCAF 405 sqn, based at Pocklington , and had taken off at 11:01 p.m. on a bomb mission to Bremen.  It was attacked by German nightfighters above Frederiksoord, was hit by officer R. Sigmund of Stab II./NJG 2 and caught fire. The burning Halifax dropped a number of heavy bombs in the vicinity of Oosterstreek and tried to make an emergency landing just outside Noordwolde. Before that could happen, the aircraft exploded above the Dwarsvaartweg.