In front of the Texel Aviation museum is one of the props of Boeing B-17F 41-24512 Rose O'Day. This Flying Fortress was assigned to the USAAF 322BS/91BG at Bassingbourn from 29 September 1942. On 4 March 1943 this aircraft sustained repeated attacks by Messerschmitt Bf-110 fighters and crashed into the North Sea just of the southern tip of Texel Island, Holland. The crew was ordered to bale out, but most landed in the sea and were lost. Co-pilot: 1LT Harold E. Kious rescued by ferryboat Dr Wagemaker, and then captured as a POW. Info from www.b17flyingfortress.de
This Navajo officially used to fly as PH-CRL. After a period of storage at the museum, it was painted in the fake identity of PH-LSW, which refers to Leaseweb, which is the major sponsor of the Texel Airshow.
Assigned to the so-called Strategic Aircraft Group, which held a summer camp on Texel in the summer of 1938. The island's airfield had opened in 1937. Aircraft crashed and was written off on 16 November 1939. Photo from Bodo Sandberg collection.