Why a monument in Dronten?

A good question. Eastern Flevoland was only uncovered in 1957. This was 12 years after the end of de 2nd World War.

During the World War II, bombers flew from England to Germany. It is estimated that during outward and return journeys around 120 planes crashed in the former IJsselmeer, including the ED357 during the night of June 11, 1943 on its return journey from bombings over Düsseldorf.

The remains of this plane were found in 1962 in the drained polder. Five of the seven crewmembers lost their lives at the time. Two (Canadian) gunners managed to save themselves by using their parachutes.

In the south of Dronten, streets are named after every crew member and in 1980, Bill Pingle, as the only surviving crew member still alive, unveiled his 'own street name plaque' and the monument at the entrance to the Lancasterdreef.