Commemoration of Czechoslovak war pilots in Nieuwe Niedorp
26.06.2013 / 11:08
On 24 June 2013 the Czech Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Jaroslav Horák, together with the Mayor of Hollands Kroon, Mr. J.R.A. Nawijn, laid flowers at the field grave of 5 Czechoslovak pilots who lost their lives on 23rd June 1941 when their bomber was shot down on its flight back to the base in Britain. They were pilot officers Mr.Vilem Konstacký and Mr. Leonard Smrček and flight sergeants Mr. Jan Hejna, Mr. Alois Rozum and Mr. Karel Valach.
At this crash location from WWII the aircrew have their natural place of burial. The attempts to recover the rests of the airwreck and the crew have not been successful though any official decision to excavate both has never been taken. It would be extremely difficult as the plane, due to an explosion, split into pieces. These are supposed to rest deep in the earth in the surrounding area. The community maintains the field grave which is in its ownership since 1989. On 4th May every year members of the 4th May Committee gather at the grave to honour the memory of the WWII casualties.