maandag 4 mei 2015

Crash Poles

Today is our national day of remembrance of WWII and I was thinking about it when I saw this marker pole last Saturday during our tulips tour. Everywhere in the polder you find these markers   pointing to the place where a plane was crashed during the war. In this case the 10 men's crew of this flying fortress B17 ,crashed on the 8 of april 1944, lucky survived. 5 crew members were caught by the germans and 5 others escaped.
The panel on the pole give all the details incl the names of the crew. Unfortunately, there is no English translation available. These so called crash poles are work of the " stichting ongeland" (the not landed foundation) The purpose of the foundation is to keep alive the memories of the Second World War in the Flevo polders. 

8 opmerkingen:

  1. That's a really great way of marking those places, but also remembering the events.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  2. What an amazing and graphic way to memorialize an event. Markers of terrible war tragedies.

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  3. This is the first I've heard of these.

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  4. Interesting and a nice way of remember the sacrifices made in WWII. There are a number of Canadian war vets that have travelled to the Netherlands for the Remembrance ceremonies.
    The Netherlands has been sending thousands of tulips to Canada every year since 1945 as a gift from the Dutch Royal Family in thanks for sheltering Princess Juliana during World War II. I am proud of the relationship between our countries.

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  5. How dreadful, to survive the crash only to be captured, horrible! But it is a unique memorial Marianne.

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  6. I am surprised and delighted that this history is kept alive. Thank you for this post. How wonderful that the whole crew survived the crash of their plane.

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  7. A striking red against the blue/white sky, real attention grabber for a good history lesson and memorial.

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