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Joseph Van Balen - 490th Bomb Group

In 1945 the photo of the windmill at Terbregge was taken from the aircraft in which Van Balen was in. He was not part of the flying crew but had asked to fly along. He wanted to be part of the food drop missions since he had many relatives in the Netherlands.

Years later his family visited Terbregge and visited the windmill again.

The windmill at Terbregge in 1945.

The same spot on Google Maps in 2010. Most of the same buildings are still there.

A different view on the same windmill during the fooddrop missions. - Picture courtesy, Andreas Huurman

The same spot as it looks today - Picture courtesy, Andreas Huurman

Joseph Van Balen - 490th Bomb Group

Cosmo Scavuzzo and Joseph Van Balen - 490th Bomb Group




  Created by Eric Heijink, Enschede, The Netherlands, operatiemanna@gmail.com