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Arie Van Driel

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Arie Van Driel

Birth
Werkendam, Werkendam Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Death
30 Apr 1945 (aged 39)
De Bilt, De Bilt Municipality, Utrecht, Netherlands
Burial
Werkendam, Werkendam Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands Add to Map
Plot
opposit the gate at the far end of the cemetary
Memorial ID
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De Biesbosch ('forest of sedges' or 'rushwoods'), is one of the last freshwater tide areas in Europe. The Biesbosch consists of a rather large network of rivers and smaller and larger creeks with islands. During the war much went on in the Biesbosch.
The Dutch felt safe in this maze, the Germans didn't.
Resistance spygroup "Albert" was formed and sended messages from the Biesbosch to London until september 1944. From 6 november 1944 on the Biesbosch was between the Germand and Allied lines and 21 resistance fighters became " linecrossers". Via two routes, people, goods, information and medication where transported from free to occupied Netherlands and vice versa.
In total 370 crossings were made.
In order to transport three intelligance agents van Driel made his 54th crossing on march 18th 1945. Rowing his partial leaking boat he was captured by the Germans and all were arrested and transported to a Rotterdam prison.
Later van Driel was tranported to a prison in Utrecht were he together with another linecrosser: Kees van de Sande was interogated and tortured. Both were executed on april 30th 1945 by a drunken German soldier.

On august 30th 1948 he was posthumous awarded with the Militaire Willems orde, the highest Dutch decoration (like the Victoria cross or Medal of Honor).
De Biesbosch ('forest of sedges' or 'rushwoods'), is one of the last freshwater tide areas in Europe. The Biesbosch consists of a rather large network of rivers and smaller and larger creeks with islands. During the war much went on in the Biesbosch.
The Dutch felt safe in this maze, the Germans didn't.
Resistance spygroup "Albert" was formed and sended messages from the Biesbosch to London until september 1944. From 6 november 1944 on the Biesbosch was between the Germand and Allied lines and 21 resistance fighters became " linecrossers". Via two routes, people, goods, information and medication where transported from free to occupied Netherlands and vice versa.
In total 370 crossings were made.
In order to transport three intelligance agents van Driel made his 54th crossing on march 18th 1945. Rowing his partial leaking boat he was captured by the Germans and all were arrested and transported to a Rotterdam prison.
Later van Driel was tranported to a prison in Utrecht were he together with another linecrosser: Kees van de Sande was interogated and tortured. Both were executed on april 30th 1945 by a drunken German soldier.

On august 30th 1948 he was posthumous awarded with the Militaire Willems orde, the highest Dutch decoration (like the Victoria cross or Medal of Honor).

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  • Created by: Moos Raaijmakers
  • Added: Aug 14, 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115501916/arie-van_driel: accessed ), memorial page for Arie Van Driel (22 Jun 1905–30 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 115501916, citing Werkendam Protestant Cemetery, Werkendam, Werkendam Municipality, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands; Maintained by Moos Raaijmakers (contributor 47528340).