142. "But this airfield brought disasters…”

142. "But this airfield brought disasters…”

27-10-1944

Bisschop de Vetplein, Gilze, The Netherlands
Liberation Route Europe

142. "But this airfield brought disasters…”

A long and sad series of bombing raids take place at the airfield. The bombs also fall on Gilze. As a result, the residents are eagerly looking forward to liberation. A boy of 14 tells of his experiences.

During the war, due to its location near the Gilze-Rijen airfield, bombs often hit the village of Gilze. British and American aircraft very regularly attempted to damage the airfield, but the bombs also fell on Gilze. The list of bombardments is long. And so on the 10th of February 1944, the centre of Gilze was hit hard. On the 5th of July 1944, there were 21 civilian casualties as a result of an American bombardment.

When the 1st Polish Armoured Division finally approached Gilze, the retreating German troops blew up the water tower, the town hall, the windmills and the church. Gilze was hard hit during the war. As a 14-year-old, Gerrit Jacobs experienced it from very close quarters. On The 27th of October, the Poles liberated Gilze.

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During the war, due to its location near the Gilze-Rijen airfield, bombs often hit the village of Gilze. British and American aircraft very regularly...

Bisschop de Vetplein, Gilze, The Netherlands

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