When we moved to a new neighbourhood in Oisterwijk back in 2007 me, my wife and my
children where invited by a new neighbour for a visit to him and his wife at his
During a conversation we learned that we, me and my neighbour, shared the same interest
Because he was born before the war and lived through this period as a young boy he
could tell me lots of story’s about Oisterwijk and its WW2 history.
After he told me about the military cemetery in our village I told him that I knew
of this cemetery and that I visited the Scottish soldiers who are buried there often.
He also told of the American and German soldiers that were ones buried on that cemetery
until after the war when they where relocated.
When I asked him if he knew why the American soldier were ones buried here he told
me that they where victims of a glider crash that occurred in Oisterwijk during Market-Garden.
He could not give me much more information about them and because he didn’t have
a computer he asked me if I could possibly do some research about the glider on the
This started my quest for information about this glider and I was able to find lots
off information in the past 2 years.
All that I was able to find was written down on paper and turned out to be an interesting
This story is to be read here supported by photo’s from then and now.
During my research I came upon story’s and information about other airplanes that
crashed in this area during the war and story’s about U.S. Airborne’s dropped behind
enemy lines in this area.
Also these where further researched by me and written down in this book.
For my research I consulted several archives, databases and internet publications
and read many books and documents regarding the subject.
I was able to gather a substantial amount of information through interviews with
eyewitnesses who lived through the Second World War in Oisterwijk and by requests
in the local media.
Also eyewitness accounts of veterans where used for this book.
In the end all this information was used for my story and eventually formed into
this internet book.