Last flight of Wellington HE-154

In the early morning of 12 June 1943, an aeroplane crash took place in Overdiemen, near the farmyard "De Zeehoeve". A Wellington bomber of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), on its return flight from a bombardment mission over Düsseldorf to its base in England, was drilled into the meadow fields of farmer Cornelis Hennipman. Unfortunately the entire crew, consisting of one British and four Australian crew members, lost their lives.

466 (RAAF) Squadron

Through extensive archival research, we know that the crashed plane was a Vickers Wellington Mark X bomber, which was part of the 466 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This squadron was a section of the "No. 4 Group" of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command. The Australian 466 squadron, with the motto "Brave and True", was founded on 10 October 1942. The squadron mainly used Wellington and Halifax air planes. Their home base was Leconfield Airbase, located north of Hull in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.