Operation Manna / Chowhound

Several new photos from operation Manna. To my knowledge published here for the first time. Location unfortunately unknown. Click on the photos to enlarge.


Dutch interior forces in action

Dutch interior forces in action

Receiving the flying grocers. Operation Manna - Rotterdam.

Dropping food at the Kralingse Plas near Rotterdam.

Arrival of the first allied liberators - Rotterdam.

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."