Relation with Lake (class): Lake Casualty Cemetery (LCC)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): ? end WW2, today: 1 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): 1
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, Lake Cemetery East side of Lake (LCE)
Post war burial site for collection and reburial from other sites: no.
Cemetery with Lake casualties today: yes (LCE).


Molkwerum was until 1984 in a community with villages Koudum, Warns and Scharl, the community named Hemelumer Oldeferd. They had a few km of Lake-coastline in their care, a bay named 'Molkwar Bight' and the coastline at Scharl. Pilot F/Lt. Thomas F. McCrorie of Stirling EH889 (75 Sqn), washed ashore in this Molkar Bight, two weeks after his crash in the Lake on 22/23 June 1943 and buried here in Molkwerum. His Stirling bomber crashed central in the North part of the Lake (Old Zuyder Sea) and crew members washed ashore on both shores (western and eastern) of the Northern section of the Lake. 


Dutch name cemetery: Lebuinius kerk Protestantse Begr. Pl. 
CWGC name: Hemelumer Oldeferd (Molkwerum) Prot. Cemetery
Address (usable for car navigation):
Tsjerkestrjitte 4, Molkwerum (small car park in front of church).

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Two crew members of EH889 are still MIA. They are engineer Sgt. Eric Grainger (RAF) and bomb aimer F/Sgt. James L. Richards (New Zealand, RNZAF). They can still be in the wreck or buried as non-identified (Known unto God) Sergeants with date on their headstone between 25 June 1943 and March 1944. Buried in a cemetery above the line Enkhuizen - Urk. 

Pilot McCrorie rests alone as only Allied casualty in Molkwerum. Investigated must be if American airmen were buried here also and exhumed from here or the wider Hemelumer Oldeferd community. Entrance to the churchyard is below alley. The sign-post does not mean 'Molkwarder Church', but 'Molkwarder Cake', which is an old bakery-museum. At the end of the alley left is a wooden bridge leading to the entrance of the church and cemetery.   



Below on F/Lt. McCrorie's gravestone is engraved 'There's some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England'. True.

© ZZairwar (Zuyder Zee Air War).