Relation with Lake (class): Lake Casualty Cemetery (LCC)  
Total nr. of casualties buried here (TC): 26 end WW2. Today 12. 
Lake casualties, initially, end WW2 (LC-I): 3
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)


Vollenhove was a Zuyder Sea city since the 12th century (image under). In 1939 a land winning project started which cut it off from the sea. Only a small unworthy canal to the port was left open. During WW2 three airmen were brought in from the sea and buried here. They were crew of Hampden P5332 (1941) and Stirling EH937 (1943). The land winning project named 'The Northeast Polder' was under construction the entire war and lacked villages and cemeteries. In January 1944, two Lancasters (JA702 and JA902) crashed on this side of the polder. The 9 dead were taken to here, which brought the total number of Commonwealth casualties on 12. They still rest here today.

Dutch name cemetery: Vollenhove Algem.begr. pl. 'de Voorst'.
Full name: Vollenhove (Stad-Vollenhove) General Cemetery.
Address (usable for car navigation):
De Voorst 3 or Haven 17, Vollenhove.

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On March 23 and April 8th 1944, three USAAF B-24 Liberators crashed in this area. The war graves plot with the 12 Commonwealth airmen was extended with 14 Americans. After the war in December 1945 they were exhumed by the 1st Platoon of the US Army 3059th Quarter Master Grave Registration Company and moved to the US (centralization) War Cemetery in the Netherlands (in Margraten). The bombers involved were on 23 March 1944 B-24H 41-29466 "Dark Rapsody" pilot 1Lt. Donald G. Griffin and B-24H 42-52587 "Shoo Shoo Baby" pilot 2Lt. Robert L. Garrett, both of the 466 BG-785 BS. Followed later on 8 April 1944 by B-24J 42-7395 "Old Hickory" pilot Lt. J.A. Buland jr. 93BG. The latter B-24 came down in the new polder, not far from the former island Schokland, opposite to Vollenhove. 

Photo below: View towards the church, standing at the cemetery entrance.


Read more on this cemetery, the aircraft and men buried on the website of Mr. Teunis 'Pats' Schuurman, summary

Airwar researcher Mr. Schuurman recently (01/2016) made this folder to commemorate the airmen buried in Vollenhove:


Download folder by researcher Mr. PATS Schuurman:

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