Terbregge monument, 28 April 2006

Andreas Huurman, a fellow collector of ww2 material was present at the unveiling of the Operation manna monument at Terbregge. The photos on this page were made by Ton Oskamp.

Henk Dijkxhoorn has initiated the construction of the monument. He is an inhabitant of Terbregge and has pressed for several years on the importance of a monument for these life saving food drop missions.
The monument is constructed by three artists: Andre Dekker, Geert van der Camp en Ruud Reutelingsberger. The monument is located near the A20, at the conservatorium in Nieuw-Terbregge.

The monument at Terbregge

An eye-witness tells the people about his memories of the food drop.

Unveiling the monument

Unveiling the monument

The mayor

The Dutch airforce band

The plaque on the monument, which reads: Operation Manna Chowhound

A close-up of the monument. You can see the food parcels and the bombers in the monument.

Fly by, ww2 bomber B25. Bombers of this type did not fly in the actual food drop missions.

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The Manna Monument at Terbregge

At the exact spot of one of the dropzones overlooking the freeway at Terbregge is the Manna monument located. It symbolizes the belly of an allied bomber filled with food parcels. The monument has been the central location of the Manna / Chowhound commemorations since its unveilling in 2006. One year later the Air Commodore Geddes footpath was opened next to the memorial.

Diary of Norman Coats

May 3 - "Another mercy mission to Holland. We went deeper into Holland today. Very low altitude. I believe I must have waved at everyone in Holland. It is really a shame the ocean being turned into Holland. The great fields of tulips are beautiful. They had, "Thank You" spelled out with rocks. They could see me waving at them because they would point each others attention to it. Some of them had American flags waving them."