The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market Garden
Photo’s crash landing area of Pierre Gallay
An aerial photograph dating from 1944 shows the oisterwijksebaan were, within the red circle, F/LT. Pierre Gallay crash landed his Spitfire. The two pictures below are marked in this photo with Brown squares.
The street oisterwijksebaan at Oisterwijk photographed into the direction of Tilburg. In 1944 this road was a dirt road consisting of a bicycle path that civilians used as a common way of transportation running alongside a dirt road. In the left of the photo just visible the farm of the van Rijswijk family on the laagheukelomseweg no. The other photo shows the intersection Laagheukelomseweg/Oisterwijksebaan. Further down the road to the north is the road section were Gallay landed his Spitfire. The photo below shows the road section of Oisterwijksebaan were Gallay landed. This road runs directly in to Oisterwijk of which the St. Petrus banden church tower is just visible.
Café Mie Pieters situated along Laagheukelomseweg at Oisterwijk. F/LT. Pierre Gallay went in to the direction of this café with the help of a civilian. Later he was hidden at a nearby farm with the help of the Oisterwijk resistance. He stayed there until he was brought to a safe hiding place in the city of Tilburg.