Relation with Lake (class): Other Cemetery in Area (OCA)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): 6 end WW2, today: 6.
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.


Stompetoren is a small village east of Alkmaar. Two km north of here, in the Schermerpolder (Molenweg), a Lancaster bomber crashed on return from a mission to Berlin in the night 16/17 December 1943. Shot down by a nightfighter. Six of the crew were killed and buried here. Three of them were Australian: pilot Francis W. Rush, F/O William Scott and F/O Clive P. Luther, who has as epitaph on his headstone "For how can a man die better?".  

Dutch name cemetery: Stompetoren Protestants kerkhof
CWGC name: Oterleek (Stompetoren) Churchyard
Address (usable for car navigation):
Noordervaart 80, Stompetoren

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Sgt. John S. Ogg parachuted out and was helped by the Dutch. Christmas 1943 he was hiding in Amsterdam. 



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