The objective of -The 617 Squadron Netherlands Aircrew Memorial Foundation- (617 Sqn-NAMF) is to commemorate national- and internationalthe crew members and former crew members of 617 Squadron Royal Air Force who lost their lives in the Second World War.
Due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus, the planned unveiling of the memorial plaque for the crew of the Avro Lancaster AJ-K 617 Squadron on June 23, 2021 in Harlingen has been postponed.
On May 16, 1943 at 9:30 PM, Avro Lancaster AJ-K 617 Squadron 'Dambusters' flown by P/O Vernon Byers, took off for an operation on the German dams, they are flying via northern Netherlands to Germany. Near Texel the Avro Lancaster was hit by German anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the Waddenzee, all seven crew members are killed. The goal of -The 617 Squadron Netherlands Aircrew Memorial Foundation- is to unveil a memorial plaque in Harlingen as a tribute to the seven crew members of Avro Lancaster AJ-K.