Categorized | FP, News

Donation commemorates Holland liberation

With the stories of his excited father ringing in his ears, Bas Opdenkelder took it upon himself to do something unique during Dutch Heritage Month.

The Grimsby resident donated a rate print which depicts “Operation Manna” in motion.

From April 29, 1945 to the end of World War II in Europe on VE Day, May 8, 1945, Avro Lancasters from the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force participated in ‘Operation Manna’ dropping a total of over 11,000 tons of food – with no parachutes – into the still-not-liberated western part of The Netherlands. Civilians were in danger of starvation with the Dutch famine still gripping the area.

“The Germans knew that the war was lost. ‘Operation Manna’ not only saved lives but it gave hope and the feeling that the war would soon be over,” said Opdenkelder, who relates a story his father told him many times.

“It was a pleasure to do this and, with the history of my father telling us about that time, the excitement of receiving food from the sky from these low flying Lancaster guys was awesome to hear.”

“My grandfather got a package of real butter and, with the adrenaline of receiving that package, ate that real butter creating him not feeling to well after that. I had to hear about that several times when I was a young boy growing up in Rotterdam.”

Aside from Bas’s father, Johan being present along the river De Rotte, so too was artist Jan van de Weg.

The drops had such an effect on van de Weg that he made a large pen drawing of the scene. Johan acquired one of the original prints of the drawing in 1945 and the print was passed on to Bas after he died.

Bas, now publisher of ‘De Nederlandse COURANT’, the Dutch-Canadian newspaper, presented his father’s ‘Operation Manna’ print to Erin Napier, curator of the Warplane Heritage Museum with WWII Lancaster crew veteran Fred Davies along side.

The donation was part of a ceremony at the Royal Botanicals Gardens following a ’Dutch Heritage Month’ function of the Netherlands Luncheon Club with Fred Eisenberger, the Dutch-Canadian mayor of Hamilton as the keynote speaker.

About newsnow

newsnow is published Thursday each week, going to every home in West Niagara and the Winona area. Click here to contact newsnow.
West Niagara Weather
-10°
snow
humidity: 85%
wind: 5m/s WSW
H -10 • L -10
-5°
Thu
-2°
Fri
3°
Sat
6°
Sun

January/February now available online

Hat Trick Hockey – Latest results (Week 9)

Upcoming Community Events

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018

    Grimsby’s 13th Annual Heritage Art Competition

    Grimsby Public Art Gallery
  • Fri
    08
    Dec
    2017
    Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    Fill Your Frame Art Challenge!

    Grimsby Public Library
For all Community Events, click here

Seeking Employment?

Total jobs: 488
StarOfService.com
  |  Hamilton, Ontario
 - 16 Jan 2018

We receive many requests from clients searching for Golf coach in to Stoney Creek and we are looking for new professionals able to satisfy them.With thousands of registered profess...

StarOfService.com
  |  Hamilton, Ontario
 - 16 Jan 2018

What is your level of experience. Intermediate.Why are you interested in golfing lessons. General improvement. Improve driving skills. Improve iron play. Improve putting skills. Wi...

Care.com
  |  Grimsby, Ontario
 - 16 Jan 2018

Hello, we are searching for a caring cat sitter. Ideally you would have a few years of experience, references and live near Grimsby L3M. Looking forward to hearing from you....

neuvoo job search jobs

Subscribe to our newsnow posts

Enter your email address to subscribe here and receive notifications of new posts by email.

newsnow

100% Niagara owned and operated.
49 Main Street West
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1R3
289 235 9500
SiteLock