The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market Garden
On 18 September 1944, the second day of operation Market Garden, German anti-aircraft
that was located in Oisterwijk shot down tree Allied aircraft.
1. American CG-4A Waco-glider #42.79151 at 15.06 hrs heading for Son. The left wing
of the glider was hit by German FLAK located along the Kerkhovensestraat were after
the glider crashed in the Kerkhovensstraat.
2. An American C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft with ‘S’ marking passed low over
Oisterwijk in the afternoon. The aircraft was on the return flight from the drop-zones
with only the right engine working. German FLAK was able to hit and take out the
other engine. The aircraft directly made a right turn heading north-west into the
direction of Udenhout where it crashlanded in a field and partly burned out. The
Skytrain had come down near the road entrance to an insane asylum named 'Huize Assisie’.
Several crew members were able to bail out over Oisterwijk and landed by parachute
in the outskirts of the village. According to locals one crew member was hidden at
a nearby farm while one or two other crew members were taken prisoner by the German
The aircraft that came down in and around Oisterwijk during Operation Market-Garden
8. On 8 march 1945 a Britse Mustang II, FR938 was forced to land at Holleneind in
Oisterwijk. The aircraft struck a tree in the process and came to a stop besides
a farmhouse. The mustang belonged to RAF NO. 268 Squadron that was stationed on Gilze-Rijen
airbase. The pilot of the Mustang, F/Lt A.J.Scott, was destined for Gilze-Rijen.
9 Somewhere during the period of the liberation of Oisterwijk and the rest of Holland
a British Hawker Tempest, the V1 hunter, made a forced bellylanding on the Oisterwijk
heather. The aircraft came to rest within yards of the C-47 Skytrain/Dakota #43.48400
that crash landed here on 23 September 1944.
10. Already in 1942 a German reconnaissance aircraft made a forced landing in Oisterwijk.
A Fieseler Storch 256 came down on the Nevelo sporting grounds with a stalled engine.
After first flying over the Oisterwijk train station the German pilot made a forced
landing directly on the soccer field ending up near the goal at the end of the field.
11. On 1 Augustus 1942 at 03.00hrs a British Hampden crashed in the area along the
12. On 26 July 1943 at 01.03 hrs a British Halifax bomber crashed on the Kampina
heather about 200 yards of moor Belversven at the edge of the heather. On the return
flight from a raid on the German city of Essen in the Ruhr area the aircraft was
shot down by a German night fighter.
Just after the Germans had occupied Holland in 1940 there was a little airstrip located
in Oisterwijk. This airstrip was used for small aircraft in order to fly in supplies,
possibly for the German staff of airbase Gilze-Rijen who resided in an hotel in Oisterwijk.
The airstrip was located in a field along the Heusdensebaan, coming from Oisterwijk
it was situated to the right side of the road.
Fieseler Storch 256
British Hawker Tempest
3. An American B-24 Liberator bomber #44.40210 part of a formation Liberators returning
from the dropzone’s near Eindhoven around 16.30 hrs. Over Oisterwijk this B-24 was
hit by German anti-aircraft on which the engine caught fire. The aircraft ended up
making a forced landing in the hamlet Winkel near the village of Biezenmortel.
4. From 17 September several Waco and Horsa gliders came down around Oisterwijk.
These gliders landed near the villages of Udenhout, Haaren, Biezenmortel and Boxtel.
The troops that were transported in these gliders found a safe hidingplace in the
Kampina forest located between Oisterwijk and Boxtel.
5. On 23 September a C-47 Skytrain/Dakota #43.48400 was hit by anti-aircraft about
4,5 mile west of Schijndel. The aircraft was destined for the Nijmegen Landingzones
towing a CG-4A Waco glider. The glider was cast of and the C-47 turned around heading
for the Belgium border, lost altitude and made a forced landing in an agricultural
and heather area at Oisterwijk named Kleine Oisterwijkse heide.
6. On 20 October a British Spitfire made a forced landing near the road junction
Oisterwijksebaan Laagheukelomseweg in Oisterwijk.
7. On 26 November a British Mosquito came down in Oisterwijk at 22.30 hrs. It landed
on its belly along the Oirschotsebaan opposite the Kleine Oisterwijkse Heide.