Commemoration of the Lancaster crash on October 5. 81 years ago.
Every year on October 5, a commemoration ceremony takes place, organized by British soldiers stationed at NATO headquarters in Brunssum.
Mayor Wilma van der Rijt and councilor Hugo Janssen were among those present. The board of Warcemetery Brunssum also laid a flower arrangement at the monument.
The ceremony takes place annually in the park on the corner of Maastrichterstraat/Platanendreef.
On October 5, 1942, a Lancaster bomber of the Royal Air Force, the Avro Lancaster R 5701, crashed in the Brunssum district of Leeuwstuk (now Klingelsberg). Although the plane crashed in a residential area, there were no casualties on the ground. All seven crew members of the Lancaster were killed. They are buried at the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen.
In 1994, a monument was placed where the plane crashed. The artwork is called ‘Disturbed household goods’ and was created by artist Marco Juriën.