Wellington HZ520 Monument

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On 22 June at 1:20 in the morning, a bomber crashed beside the Borkelsedijk in Bergeijk . This Wellington HZ520, from the 429th Squadron, was shot down by the notorious night fighter pilot Werner Baake. The stricken aircraft was taking part in a bombing mission on the German town of Krefeld. Baake claimed another Halifax that same night which crashed close to Uden. Baake was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 27 July 1944 for shooting down 41 aircraft during the Second World War.

The monument is made from granite and contains the names of the crew who were killed or taken prisoner. First Officer Lapham from the RAF unveiled the monument on 11 September 1994. Lapham was one of the crew who survived the crash. There is also a bomb crater from the Second World War ten metres behind the monument.


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