Boulder on the Vaarsehoefweg in Lierop

Boulder on the Vaarsehoefweg in Lierop: In the night of 11 to 12 August 1942, a Wellington of the 156 squadron was shot down here. The copper nameplate lists the names of the five killed crew members who are buried at De Oude Toren cemetery in Eindhoven (Woensel). The boulder was placed by H. Maas, Rulakker 5. The monument was unveiled on 20-09-1986. Jan van Vlokhoven has argued with the municipality of Someren for a bench to be placed next to it. 

In the context of 75 years of liberation, Sept. 2019 placed a death Valley De Peel information board with the following text; 

The fate of the BJ-603

After the Germans bombed British cities…

Boulder on the Vaarsehoefweg in Lierop: In the night of 11 to 12 August 1942, a Wellington of the 156 squadron was shot down here. The copper nameplate lists the names of the five killed crew members who are buried at De Oude Toren cemetery in Eindhoven (Woensel). The boulder was placed by H. Maas, Rulakker 5. The monument was unveiled on 20-09-1986. Jan van Vlokhoven has argued with the municipality of Someren for a bench to be placed next to it. 

In the context of 75 years of liberation, Sept. 2019 placed a death Valley De Peel information board with the following text; 

The fate of the BJ-603

After the Germans bombed British cities at the start of the Second World War, the Allies sent many thousands of bombers to Germany to attack all kinds of targets. The Germans developed an effective anti-aircraft defense system with Flugzeugabwehrkanonen (Flak) and with fighters that eventually tracked down and shot down enemy bombers via radar. 

On the night of 11 to 12 August 1942, the British Vickers-Wellington III BJ-603 was hit at around 03:30 am. This bomber of the 156 Squadron (home base Alconbury) had bombed Mainz together with 158 more aircraft. The twin-engined aircraft crashed in the Lieropse Leeuweriksbos, 7 kilometers south of Helmond.

32-year-old pilot Charles Frederick Taylor was killed, as were his four crew members. These were Observer Sergeant William Richard Morris (20), Observer Sergeant Robert William Moss (23), Radio Operator Sergeant Donald Emslie Murray (22, South Africa) and Airgunner Sergeant John Alister Pearl (22). The victims were buried in Woensel.

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