The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market Garden
After I moved to a new neighbourhood in Oisterwijk back in 2007 I got invited by
a new neighbour and his wife. During my visit I learned that my neighbour and I shared
the same interest in the Second World War. Because he was born before the war and
lived through this period as a young boy he could tell me lots of stories about Oisterwijk
and its World War Two history. He told me for instance of the cemetery in Oisterwijk
where Scottish soldiers are buried that were killed during the liberation of our
village. He also told me about American and German soldiers that were ones buried
on that cemetery and who were relocated after the war.
When I asked him more about the American soldiers that were buried in Oisterwijk
he told me their story. They got killed in 1944 during operation Market Garden when
the aircraft they were in crashed in Oisterwijk. He could not give me more details,
and since he did not have a computer to research the stories on the internet, he
asked me to provide my assistance. This started my quest for more information which
took more than two years. During this time I was able to gather lots off information
that I shared with my neighbour.
The information that I gathered I then wrote down and eventually turned out to be
a very interesting story of facts. This story can be read in this webbook, supported
by photo’s from then and now. During my research I came upon more stories and information
about the war in Oisterwijk. I read of 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 in this webbook.
For my research I consulted several foreign and domestic archives and databases and
internet publications. I further read many books and documents on the subject. I
was able to gather a substantial amount of information through interviews with eyewitnesses
who lived in Oisterwijk throughout the Second World War and I gathered information
through articles in the local media. Even eyewitness accounts of WWII veterans where
used for this webbook. All this information wasused for this story and formed into
this very interresting webook.