Strabrechtse Heide - Vliegtuigcrashes
According to the Loss Registers 1939 - 1945 of the Ministry of Defense, the following plane crashes among others took place: On 5 July 1941, a Hampden I of the 106th Squadron crashed near the Strabrechtse Dijk. The pilot was Sergeant Norman Edward Bowering, who, along with his crew, died in the conflagration that ensued after the crash. On July 8, 1941, a crash of a Wellington IC of the 99th Squadron was recorded in front of Heeze (Strabrechtse Heide). The pilot was Lieutenant EA Masters, who was taken prisoner of war along with his entire crew. On December 27, 1941, the crash of a Wellington IC of 57th Squadron was recorded in the Heeze - Someren area. The pilot, Thomas Purdy, and four other crew members are buried in the war cemetery in Woensel. On April 27, 1944 a Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 crashed. The pilot, Oberfeldwebel Rudolf Frank, was killed. On December 25, 1944, a Typhoon IB of the 440th Squadron crashed. The pilot was Harry J. Hardy, who was able to leave the plane.
In early spring you can hear and see the moor frog at the fens.
In addition to heather, heather and gale, juniper also grows on the heather.
This post mill has very beautiful carvings and can be visited on Saturday afternoons or when the blue pennant is hanging out.
After the liberation, Allied soldiers camped in the woods behind the ice house and the castle. Here and there you can still find carvings from that time in trees and beech trees in particular. The long supply lines from Normandy? for soldiers, fuel, ammunition, material etc. and the resistance of the occupier made it necessary to go into bivouac. Many trees were felled in the forests that were necessary to be able to pass through the wet and swampy Peel.
During the war, the municipal population register was regularly stored safely in the castle. As a result, it was also preserved when the resistance in a robbery set fire to the town hall of Heeze in September 1943, see also point 25 below. Because Heeze had no town hall at the time, the castle was also used as such for a short time.