Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 16:05
Allied WWII plane canal recovery begins
The recovery of the bomber that crashed in the Apeldoorns Canal in Wapenveld in 1943 began today. The recovery is done by a specialized company from Brabant and will cost more than 100 thousand euros. It is necessary for this bomber to be recovered so that the Apeldoorns Canal can be dredged to make it navigable again. The aircraft, a Halifax with seven crew members, cam crashing down the slope of the canal near the Wapenveld's mill on April 3rd, 1943. All crew members were killed. A large part of the plane was already recovered by German troops in 1943. At the time of the crash, the Halifax DT795 was on the way to a bombing raid on the Ruhr. Above Wapenveld it was shot down by the Air Force. The crash site can still be seen as a dent in the dike of the Apeldoorns Canal.