1,085 WWII airmen who died in the Netherlands have never been found

1,085 WWII airmen who died in the Netherlands have never been found

The bodies of some 1,085 airman missing in action during World War II are likely to be in the Netherlands, according to research by broadcaster Nos and air war experts.There are 501 crash locations in the Netherlands which have never been investigated, the broadcaster said on Sunday. Of the missing crew members, some 600 are British, 228 American and 247 German.Many of the missing airman are believed to have crashed in the Wadden Sea or IJsselmeer lake and their aircraft have never been located.But dozens of planes are thought to have hit the ground in the Netherlands itself, and have been buried under the earth. Fully-loaded planes can go metres under ground if they hit at full speed, the Nos said.CouncilsRelatives of missing airmen regularly make an effort to find their family members but not all Dutch local authorities are willing to cooperate. Almere, Sudwest Fryslan and Echt-Susteren are among the councils which have refused help to relatives trying to find the bodies of their loved ones, Nos said.Digging up a plane can cost a council €500,000 on land but is more expensive when water is involved.In addition, the crash sites may not contain any bodies because the crew either bailed out or were torn apart in the explosion, Nos said.GravesThere are dozens of graves in Dutch cemeteries containing the bodies of unnamed service men.During World War II, some 5,000 planes crashed in the Netherlands, most of which were manned by British servicemen on their way to Germany. But hundreds of German aircraft were also brought down over Dutch soil.Since 1960, the wrecks of some 200 planes have been dug up by the Dutch air force, Nos said.  More >

Eredivise round up: Ajax almost there

The Hague’s Japanese garden opens to visitors for just six weeksAjax are three points from title, Cambuur are relegated, while Groningen are victorious in the derby of the north writes Neil Adderley.Ajax 4 v 0 Twente: Victory leaves Ajax three points from gloryAjax go into the final round of games knowing a win over De Graafschap will seal a fifth Eredivisie title in six years.Czech starlet Vaclav Cerny gave Frank de Boer’s men the lead on 37 minutes, but the title favourites didn’t have it all its own way as both Hakim Ziyech and Jerson Cabral failed to draw the sides level.Ajax pushed forward in the second period and Mike van der Hoorn doubled the advantage before Viktor Fischer and Amin Younes settled the tie late on.PSV Eindhoven 6 v 2 Cambuur Leeuwarden: Frisians relegated in EindhovenCambuur were relegated from the Eredivisie as PSV looked to put the pressure on title rivals Ajax.The champions came into the game level on points with the league leaders but with an inferior goal difference.And Cocu’s men may well rue conceding two goals against the doomed visitors.Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel’s 15th minute opener was cancelled out by Calvin Mac­Intosh, while Jack Byrne reduced a 3­1 deficit before half time.PSV’s class told in a mostly one sided second period as goals from Adam Maher, Jetro Willems and Van Ginkel left Cambuur facing the drop to the Jupiler League.PSV travel to PEC Zwolle for the final game of the season level on points with Ajax. However, the Amsterdammers remain six goals to the good.Willem II 0 v 1 Feyenoord: Feyenoord seal third place and European footballAnass Achahbar proved the match winner for Dutch cup holders Feyenoord as the Rotterdammers claimed third place in the table.The visitors arrived in Tilburg without the services of both Michiel Kramer and Dirk Kuijt, but Achahbar’s 57th minute strike was enough for Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s side.The defeat for Willem II leaves the Tilburgers needing relegation play off rivals Excelsior to drop points in the final game of the season.Vitesse Arnhem 1 v 3 Utrecht: Europa League play offs for Utrecht.A dominant second half display in Arnhem secured a European play off spot for cup runners­up Utrecht.Vitesse defender Guram Kashia had given the home side a deserved first half advantage.However, an impressive Utrecht hit back in the second period through goals from Nacer Barazite, Ruud Boymans and Ramon Leeuwin.Heerenveen 1 v 2 Groningen: Groningen triumph in derby of the northGroningen​s​poilt the party in Heerenveen​a​s goals from Oussama Idrissi and Albert Rusnak took the shine off veteran trainer Foppe de Haan’s farewell home game.Things looked to be going to plan for De Haan as Sam Larsson danced through the Groningen defence before finding the net after 20 minutes.But the lead lasted no longer than eight minutes as Idrissi fired home to bring the sides level.And Rusnak’s second half strike sealed the win and leaves Groningen’s hopes of a Europa league play­off place in its own hands.AZ Alkmaar 4 v 1 De Graafschap: European football sealed in AlkmaarAZ came from behind to comfortably beat De Graafschap and virtually seal a Europa League ticket.Despite going behind to a Mark Diemers goal AZ always looked the likely winner, and Eredivisie top scorer VincentJanssen bagged his 26th goal of the season from the spot to level the scores.Attacking left back Ridgeciano Haps gave AZ a deserved lead on 22 minutes, while victory was secured as Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Joris van Overeem got on the scoresheet for the Alkmaar side.NEC Nijmegen 1 v 2 Roda JC: Roda safe with win in NijmegenRoda guaranteed Eredivisie football next season after coming from behind to beat NEC.Navarone Foor fortuitously gave the home side the lead on 25 minutes, before striker Christian Santos failed to double the advantage from the penalty spot.And NEC were made to pay as Tom van Hyfte hit a stunning goal of the season contender on 45 minutes.The wonderful volley galvanised Roda and Rydell Poepon sealed the precious victory for the visitors just after the break.Heracles Almelo 1 v 1 ADO Den Haag: All square as Heracles seal Europa League play­off placeHeracles capped off a superb season by claiming a European play­off place with a draw against ADO.French forward Edouard Duplan fired ADO into a 60th minute lead, but Heracles pushed for the all important equaliser and were finally rewarded when substitute Paul Gladon struck to level matters with two minutes on the clock.Excelsior 2 v 2 PEC Zwolle: Excelsior claim vital pointExcelsior held on to a crucial draw to leave themselves one point ahead of relegation play­off rivals Willem II.Lars Veldwijk’s 15th minute goal gave the visitors the lead, only for Tom van Weert to bring the sides level on 59 minutes.PEC regained the advantage through Queensy Menig, but an 80th minute Daan Bovenberg equaliser was enough for Excelsior to climb above Willem II and out of the relegation zone.  More >

One in seven pupils get extra exam help

The Hague’s Japanese garden opens to visitors for just six weeks Almost one in seven secondary school pupils gets extra help with their school leaving exams because they are dyslexic or have other problems, the AD said on Monday.Thousands of pupils are given extra time to complete their exams, is allowed to use a computer or has the questions read to him or her, the paper said. In 2011, one in 10 pupils had help, but that has now risen to 14%, or 27,500 pupils, the paper said.Education minister Sander Dekker is currently looking into the ease with which parents can have their child labelled officially dyslexia, following complaints that the rules are too lax.Extra help with exams is also given to children who have difficulty with arithmetic and concentration as well as psychological problems.Education professor Peter de Jong told the AD that an extremely large number of children get the special treatment. 'An extra half hour can put a lot of children's minds at ease, but where do you draw the line?' he said.Children attending vocational schools are twice as likely to get special treatment than those in pre-university streams, the AD said.  More >

Dutch soldiers want end to uniform ban

The Hague’s Japanese garden opens to visitors for just six weeksMembers of the Dutch armed forces are urging the government to allow them to wear their uniforms to and from work.Soldiers were banned from wearing their uniforms outside army premises in 2014 because of the risk of a terrorist attack. But now both officers and foot soldiers say the ban is 'giving into terrorists' and want a rethink.'There have been no new threats made against us,' Ruud Vermeulen, chairman of the officers' association GOV told the AD. 'Police officers and wardens walk around in uniforms. And my members think they should be able to wear their uniforms too.'By taking off their uniforms, soldiers are giving away to terrorists and this is damaging the honour of the armed forces, he said. 'We want to show that protecting the Netherlands is part of our job.'Defence minister Jeanine Hennis told the Telegraaf that she had no plans to change her position. Nor would she say if there had been any new threats made against armed forces personnel.  More >

NS warned to improve services to Brussels

The Hague’s Japanese garden opens to visitors for just six weeksMinisters have ordered Dutch state-owned railway firm NS to improve its services on the high speed track between Amsterdam and Belgium and to cut journey times to Brussels.In addition, the track operating company ProRail is to come under greater government control, junior infrastructure minister Sharon Dijksma has told MPs. If NS fails to improve its performance, the high speed route may be opened up to other rail companies, Dijksma said.'Tough agreements with the NS must generate results and lead to more satisfied travellers,' Dijksma said. The new targets are the government's official response to the Fyra rail debacle and resulting parliamentary inquiry last year.The parliamentary committee looking into the Fyra high-speed train scandal estimated the cost to the Dutch state to some €11bn. Its report last autumn led to the resignation of Dijksma's predecessor.Fyra trains were supposed to travel between Amsterdam and Brussels at speeds of up to 250 kph from the end of 2012 but were quickly withdrawn from service after a string of failures.The new timetable will involve a total of 16 services a day to Brussels but only four of them will take in The Hague, much to the fury of city officials.In addition trains will continue to travel at 160 kph on the Dutch stretch of track, so the journey time will be 2.5 hours, not two hours.  More >