v1-attack ~ 1 december 1944

On December 1, 1944 two members of the resistance from Meensel-Kiezegem, Isidoor Bruers en Albert Loddewijckx, visited Linkhout and the Rocourt family to thank them. Both had to flee their village in August 1944 and looked for shelter here in Linkhout for a while.

During their visit in Linkhout faith struck. A flying V1 bomb crashed on the house where they were visiting that moment in the Priesterse Heidestraat.

Two children of the Rocourt Family died (Irma, 10 years and Maurice, 3 years), and so did the two members of the resistance who were randomly visiting the Rocourt family. Irma, the daughter that died, was at home sick from school that day.

Isidoor Bruers died immediately, Albert died three days later in the hospital in Diest. The mother of the Rocourt family got badly injured too, but she survived the bombardment.

In commemoration of this horrible event, a little chapel was inaugurated where the house once stood. In 2019, however, the chapel was destroyed by the owner of the land, just because he was mad at the community of Lummen, a sad and despiteful deed.

Chapel in the Priesterse Heidestraat (photo: Andy Truyers)

Chapel in the Priesterse Heidestraat, picture taken in 1985 by Rudy Kenis

Both members of the resistance are buried in Meensel-Kiezegem.

The graves of both members of the resistance in Meensel-Kiezegem (photo: Andy Truyers)

Isidoor Bruers, 22 years

Albert Loddewijckx, 18 years

Commemoration in the Meensel-Kiezegem museum (photo: Andy Truyers)

V1 (Source: Wikipedia)

The V1 bomb was a retaliatory wapen and thank it's name to the German word Vergeltungswaffe 1. Over 30.000 V1 bombs were produced.

The V1 had wings and a tail. She was propelled by an Argus AS-014 pulse jet, a variant of the reed jet designed by Paul Smith in 1932. It could produce a power of approximately 300 kilogram and used a simple car plug as an ignition.

V1 (foto: Wikipedia)

The vehicle had an explosive load in the nose and flew thanks to a primitive jet motor drive and a simple guidance to their target.

When a V1 flew over, it's sputtering noice was easy to recognize. At a certain point (a preset or when it ran out of fuel) the engin stopped and the V1 dove down to earth. The nose exploded when hitting the ground. It was named after Buzz-bomb by the Americans because of the sputtering sound the engin made.

V1 at Le Blockhaus in Eperlecques (photo: Nick Lieten)

Because of V1 attacks, over 40.000 people got injured all over Europe, particularly civilian victims. The V1 was launched every moment of the day and in every weather condition. Many times it just came down in the middle of residential area's. Because of this it caused a lot of havoc amongst the people

Lest we forget...