Air war exhibition 1940-1945
The air forces of England, the United States and Germany had numerous different types of aeroplane in active service and remnants of a number of them are on show - for example, engines, propellors, undercarriages, wing panels, oxygen cylinders and cockpit instruments. In addition there are other items which were on board when the plane crashed, such as flying kit, navigational documents, guns, ammunition and radio equipment.
During the Second World War some 6,500 planes crashed in the Netherlands. About 400 of these came down in the Achterhoek area, and 90% of the objects in this exhibition have been excavated by the organizers since 1972; the remaining 10% was in private possession, mostly being stored in attics and similar places.
The crash sites of many of the planes that took off from England and Germany are still unknown and the crews are still registered as "missing in action". AVOG's aim is to help to reduce these lists, while at the same time preserving this period of the Achterhoek region's history for posterity.
In our museum one can see the film “The air war revives” (own AVOG production) which gives a brief survey about Air War 1940-1945 over Europe and especially about our region “De Achterhoek”.
24 March 1944 Crew Lancaster ME684 625 Sq Kelstern MIA: Berlin. Crash site Varsseveld NL. From L to R: Pilot F/Lt. Norman CLARK; Air Bomber F/O Alec BULL; Navigator F/O George BRAND; WOP/Gnr. F/O Peter ARMYTAGE; Flt. Engineer Sgt. Donald BECKWITH; Front row: MUG Sgt. Dick MARTIN and Rear Gunner Sgt. Jackie MUNRO. Sgt. MARTIN was not on this mission he was replaced by Sgt. John REMINGTON. 3 Came from UK, 2 from Canada and 1 from Australia.