At the beginning of the Battle of Arnhem, under the leadership of the local female doctor, Dr. A. van den Burg - van der Poel, the Roman Catholic parish house was set up as a modest first aid post for civilians. Among the first patients were crew members of a Stirling supply plane. This aircraft had crashed on September 19th 1944, after dropping supplies for the British troops over Oosterbeek. One of the other citizens who helped at the aid post was Cora Baltussen.
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The badly damaged houses on the east side of the Kerkstraat together with the Catholic Church. © Sikorski Institute, gebruiksrechten bij Stichting Driel Polen
Cora Baltussen (1912-2005) dedicated herself to the rehabilitation of Polish troops and keeping their memory alive. Cora Baltussen, together with veterans in 2004. © Stichting Driel Polen
Polish veterans receive a standing ovation from the audience, King Willem-Alexander and Polish President Komorowski at the annual commemoration in 2014. © Stichting Driel Polen