Relation with Lake (class): Lake Casualty Cemetery (LCC)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): at least 11 end WW2, today: 9. 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): at least 4.
Unknown today: 2
of which unknown from Lake (LC-U): 2
of which unknown from North Sea (NS-U): 0
Initial burial site in WW2: yes, Lake Cemetery West side of Lake (LCW)
Post war burial site for collection and reburial from other sites: no. 
Cemetery with Lake casualties today: yes (LCW).



            
MIDDENMEER GENERAL CEMETERY

Middenmeer is a village in the centre of the Wieringermeer-polder (1932). Nine airmen are buried here. The dike of lake IJsselmeer (Old Zuyder Sea) is 7km to the East and a part belongs to this community. Of the airmen that washed ashore against this dike, three were buried at Middenmeer and are still here today, two of them are not identified. Also two American airmen washed ashore here and initially buried here, see further below.

    

Dutch name cemetery: Middenmeer Alg. begr. pl. 
Full name: Wieringermeer (Middenmeer) General Cemetery.
Address (usable for car navigation):
Dokter Hoogkamerlaan, 2. Postal code 1775, Middenmeer. 

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Six men here are crew of Halifax bomber JN884 of 158 Sqn. Crashed nearby in a field (Slootdorp, 26 July 1943). They were buried side by side. Originally the Allied airmen were buried in this cemetery in a remote corner of the field, on order of the Germans. After the war they were relocated on this prominent spot at the entrance.


















































  




Sgt. R. Kennedy's Stirling EH889 (75 Sqn) crashed in the North-West corner of the lake (Breezand). The date on the headstone of the non-identified airmen is their wash ashore date. The airman of 16 September can technically be one of the 2 missing crew members of EH889, but this is speculation, chance is remote. The other unknown airman 7 August 1944 is crew of another aircraft.













American airmen S/Sgt. James W. Bennett and 'L . JP. Songelli'.
On the 18th of June 1944 the remains of an American airman washed ashore at 'Oude Zeug', a specific point on this dike. He was buried here on 20 June 1944. He was tailgunner of B-24  42-63969 of the 93 BG/409 BS. This aircraft was lost (and still is) in this lake on 22 December 1943. S/Sgt. Bennett was post war reburied in the US war cemetery 'Ardennes', Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz) in Belgium, Plot B, row 10, grave 21.

No doubt 'L. JP. Songelli' (as recorded in the local burial records), was co-pilot of B-24  42-63969, 2Lt. Joseph P. Congelli from New York. He is now listed as MIA. Possibly in the identification process in Neuville they were not convinced of his identity and he was buried as 'Known but to God' there, today Neupré "Ardennes". This is the largest ETO 8th and 9th USAAF airforce centralization airwar cemetery in Europe. If more American airmen were found and buried in Middenmeer (around James Bennets grave no. 713) must be further researched. 




    






















































Sources:

- Historisch Genootschap Wieringen
- site CWGC
- site ABMC
- MACR





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