When we moved to a new neighbourhood in Oisterwijk back in 2007 me, my wife and my
children, were invited by a new neighbour and his wife at his home.
During a conversation I learned that me and my neighbour shared the same interest
Because he was born before the war and lived through this period of time as a young
boy he could tell me lots of stories about Oisterwijk and its WW2 history.
After he told me about the military cemetery in our village I told him that I knew
of this cemetery and that I often visited the Scottish soldiers who are buried there.
He also told of American and German soldiers that were ones buried on that cemetery
until they were relocated after the war.
When I asked him if he knew why the American soldier were ones buried in Oisterwijk
he told me that they where victims of a glider crash that occurred in Oisterwijk
during operation Market-Garden.
He could not give me much more information about them and because he didn’t have
a computer he asked me if I could possibly do research on the glider by use of the
This started a quest for information about the glider and over the following two
years I was able to gather lots off information.
This information was gathered and written down on paper and turned out to be an interesting
This story can be read here, supported by photo’s from then and now.
During my research I also came upon stories and information about other aircraft
that crashed in this area and stories of US and British airborne troops dropped behind
enemy lines in this area.
Also these stories were further researched and written down in this book.
For my research I consulted several foreign and domestic archives, databases and
internet publications and I read many books and documents regarding the subject.
I was able to gather a substantial amount of information through interviews with
eyewitnesses who lived through the Second World War in Oisterwijk and by requests
in the local media.
Also eyewitness accounts of veterans where used for this book.
In the end all this information was used for my story and eventually formed into
this internet book.