British Halifax bomber

Client: Municipality of Heerde
Period: 2014

A British Halifax bomber crashed on the shore of Apeldoorn Canal in Wapenveld in April 1943. All crew members were killed. A large part of the aircraft was salvaged by Germans in 1943.

Before the canal could be dredged and made navigable again, a new salvage operation was necessary in 2014. Major Arie Kappert (Aircraft Salvage Officer of the Dutch Royal Air Force) was in charge of the salvage operation.

All soil was sieved and all materials larger than 8 millimeters were inspected by experts of human remains, aircraft and archaeology.