21 – Crashlocation Strijen-Sas (September 18, 1944)
Their orders are to protect troop transport planes carrying troops to Arnhem, and for that purpose to eliminate German AA guns in the area between the island of Schouwen Duiveland, Flushing and Breda. During one such attack on an AA battery near the mouth of the river Dinkel , near Dinteloord, the Tempest flown by by F/O Bob H. Hanney is hit and crashes behind a dike in the Maria polder near Strijen-Sas. Two days later civilians from Strijen-Sas remove the body of the dead pilot from his cockpit and take him to the cemetery at Strijen-Sas where he is buried that same day. His grave can be visited there.
Photos of the monument, church Strijen.
Letter Burgomaster Bolman of Strijen – August 8, 1945
Video ‘Commemoration’ August 31, 1946 – Strijen Cemetery
On display are Jan Overweg (head of the Christian school), Piet Naaktgeboren (butcher), Jacob van Zon (Strijen Post Office), Henk Diepenhorst (alderman Strijen who lays the wreath) and Bas de Geus. The four men with a band around their arms took part in the resistance against German rule in the Second World War.
Strijen Cemetery in 1948 and on May 4, 2018.
Victim(s) at this location:
85 – Robert H. Hanney (click here)