Relation with Lake (class): Lake Casualty Cemetery (LCC)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): 6 end WW2, today:  6. 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): 4
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 West side of Lake (LCW)
Post war burial site for collection and reburial from other sites: no.
Cemetery with Lake casualties today: yes (LCW).


This cemetery is located in a small forrest at the entrance of the village, next to the carpark where visitors for Muiden historic centre must park. The gate at the road has no signs, but on the end of the 50m path there is a second gate with CWGC-sign. Here six members of Halifax bomber crew are buried since May 1943. No other soldiers or airmen are interred here, because during the war washed ashore or recovered by Muiden fishermen airmen were transported to Amsterdam for burial.


Dutch name cemetery: Muiden Alg. Begraafplaats.  
Full name: Muiden General Cemetery.
Address (usable for car navigation):
Weesperweg 1, Muiden.

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In the night of 30 April on 1st May 1943, Halifax JB803 of 77 Sqn was damaged by a nightfighter and tried to make an emergency landing on farmland outside Muiden (the 'Noord Polder'), very close to the water of the Old Zuyder sea (Lake IJsselmeer). The landing did not succeed. Only pilot Watson and Sgt. Scarff were in the aircraft. They were buried in the evening of May 1st. The next day 4 crew members washed ashore nearby (parachuted out and drowned). Apparently the link with this aircraft was obvious for the Germans, because they buried them next to Watson and Scarff on May the 2nd. Only Sgt. W.R. Louth is missing. He is still in the lake or buried in one of the lake-cemeteries as one of the many unknown RAF Sergeants with date on the headstone between May 3rd and January 1944.  

Above: the second gate. Photo below: between civilians.


Below photo: Post war photo, dating 1945 - 1947. The war time wooden crosses with German text are still present. The road to Amsterdam is visible in the background (today motorway A1).

Photo below: The row with red roses behind the Allied graves has not changed since 1945. These civilian family graves date year 1890 and are in use up to today.

© ZZairwar.