Crash locations IJsselmeer|Zuiderzee. See after the article the actual locations
This map with 159 crash locations is reconstructed from a map published by the Dutch Department of Public Works in 1966. There has been a few updates in '67- '68'- '69 and '81. The Dutch Aircraft Recovery Group claims that more than 500 airplanes are crashed.
During the second world war, the IJsselmeer then called the Zuiderzee was a major flight path for IJsselmeer bombardements flights towards Germany. Harderwijk was in line with the targets in the Ruhr area. In Harderwijk (January 1942) the Germans built a radar station Stellung Hase, one of the largest radarstations in Netherlands with five radar and two radio gauge systems for aircraft. This radar station sent German night fighters to the Allied aircraft so they could intercept the enemy aircraft.
The IJsselmeer was the scene of many air battles. German, American and English planes are crashed at the time.
Radar station Stellung Hase remained until two days before the liberation of Harderwijk on 18 april 1945 operational.
After the reclamation of Southern Flevoland are a dozen aircraft from World War II in the polder salvaged. But also aircraft that in the period of the cold war in the IJsselmeer collapsed, came above water. These planes are not plotted on this map.
Until now, new remains of airplanes have been discovered, some are waiting for recovery or will have a seaman's grave. There are also known crashlocations under the water surface which are not or will be investigated or documented. An issue of money.
The coordinates are an approximation of the actual location. The crashed airplanes in the IJsselmeer mentioned on this website are not (yet) connected to the coordinates on this map.