Nijmegen commemorates Allied bombing

22nd February 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Allied bombardment of the Dutch city of Nijmegen 65 years ago today was been commemorated with a memorial service in the St Stevenskerk.

NIJMEGEN - More than 1,000 people attended the service. The bombardment cost nearly 800 lives and destroyed much of Nijmegen's historic centre.

The Allies said the bombing of the Dutch city was unintentional. The target of the mission was the German town of Gotha.

Due to, among other things, poor weather and fierce German anti-aircraft fire the planes turned back.

The Allies said the pilots decided to bomb a German city and hit Nijmegen by mistake. However, some historians argue that Nijmegen was bombed intentionally.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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