Wellington X9976, Soarremoarre
On the 8th November, 2010, 70 years after Wellington B.Ic X9976 of 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, RAF, crashed, a monument was unveiled here at Soarremoarre, just under 2 kilometres to the north-east of Nes (Boarnsterhim).
In the early morning of the 8th November, 1941, Wellington X9976 crashed at 01.21 hrs Soarremoarre after the bomber had been attacked by a German night fighter. The Wellington was on a bombing mission to Berlin from its home base at RAF Feltwell in Norfolk. The entire crew perished in the crash.
Sgt John William Black, RNZAF
Sgt Trevor Hedley Gray, RNZAF
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF
Sgt Leslie Cyril Green, RAF
Sgt Jack Dennis Thompson, RAF
Sgt Charles Thomas Black, RAF
It was not until 1952 that the remains of the airmen were recovered from the crash site.
All six crew were buried at the Canadian War Cemetery at Bergen-op-Zoom in the Province of Noord-Brabant.
(Bomber Command Losses, Volume III, 1941, p.175)
The Wellington X9976 monument at Soarremoarre.
The Wellington X9976 Memorial is at the fork of the Sodumerdyk and Soarremoarre, 1,75 km to the north-east of the village of Nes near Akkrum (Boarnsterhim)