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Original Burial Cross of an American Liberator

1944

Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei

Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei

Returning from a bombing raid of Germany’s Ruhr Valley in 1944, American pilot James M. Hansen’s fighter plane ran into trouble and crashed. James was killed instantly. The Allies, who buried him in the temporary American military cemetery in the village of Molenhoek near the Dutch city of Nijmegen, placed this wooden cross on his grave.

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