Relation with Lake (class): Former Cemetery (FLC)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): 1 end WW2, today: 0. 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): 0
Unknown today: 0
of which unknown from Lake (LC-U): 0
of which unknown from North Sea (NS-U): 0
Initial burial site in WW2: yes.
Post war burial site for collection and reburial from other sites: no.
Cemetery with Lake casualties today: no.


On the 29 of March 1944 a B-17 made a successful belly landing here, 3 miles south of Amsterdam. The aircraft was B-17G  42-39950 "Wampus Cat", 306 Bomb Group, pilot 1Lt. Nelson W. Hardin. The crew tried to evade, but none of them succeeded and they became POW. The Germans found the tailgunner dead in his seat, shot in the air by enemy fighters. Although the large airwar cemetery in Amsterdam (New Eastern Cemetery) was only 3,7 miles away, tailgunner Sgt. Robert M. Richardson was buried here as only Allied casualty. The village of Ouderkerk found it a honor to bury him on their own grounds. After the war his remains were exhumed by an American Quarter Master Grave Registration Unit and brought to the US centralization cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz (Belgium), today named American War Cemetery "Ardennes" in Neupr√©.

Dutch name cemetery: Alg. begr. pl. "Karssenhof". 
Full name: General cemetery "Karssenhof".
Address (usable for car navigation):
Binnenweg 1, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. 

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Image below: the green Olive Drab B-17 in the field south of Ouderkerk. The H in white triangle is the sign of the 306 BG. 'K' is the aircrafts call sign in the 432 Bomber Sqn. 


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