Mission Belle


To realize a monument/memory site, we as foundation would ensure that this dit piece of (local) history will not be forgotten. And the story of these 10 crewmembers, three of which fell by the wayside, will through comprehensive information be continued to be told. What happened on December 1st, 1943 has a deep impression on the crew that survived and their family in America. 

It had also great impact on the local population because the fight and the crash of this B-17G was seen by a large number of people of the surrounding villages. The injured crew were taken care of by people living nearby, where the human suffering of the war was very clear to be seen. Later, the remains of 2 crewmembers, Harland V. Sunde and Doyle C. McCutchen, were taken from the river Lek and almost 12 years later, during the salvage of the plane, they were confronted again with this crash, because the remains of John F. Healy were found. An event in which soldiers from overseas fought for our freedom, so that we won't forget them.

To realize a fitting memorial for the crewmembers of this B-17G 'Mission Belle', we need finances and hope for your support. To achieve our goal, we approach local and provincial authorities, special funds, companies and private persons.

If you would like to support this unique and special project, you can send your donation to the bank account number of the foundation below:

Bank Account Number or IBAN:   NL57 INGB 0007 4526 68
In the name of:  Mission Belle Stichting B-17G Memorial 
Mailing address: Lekdijk 179 B
2957 CG  Nieuw-Lekkerland
The Netherlands
Bank:  ING
Bank Identifier Code (BIC): INGBNL2A
Adress ING (for foreign operations):    ING Bank NV
Foreign Operations
P.O. Box 1800
1000 BV   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

You can also donate through PayPal, send an e-mail to us first, so we can give you the information about that.

©  & ® Mission Belle, January 19th, 2017.