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Briton commemorates fallen WWII soldiers in Norway. Those who died as part of Operation Freshman are to be remembered at a 70th anniversary ceremony in Stavanger, western Norway, Sunday. The 1942 airborne sortie, the first glider-borne raid of WWII, was undertaken to destroy the Nazis’ stocks of heavy water at the Vemork hydroelectric plant located at Rjukan in Telemark County. It occurred in the following month after the parachuting of four Norwegian SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents - of which highly-decorated Norwegian Gunnar Sønnsteby was a member - from Kompani Linge (real name Norwegian Independent Company No. 1/NORIC 1). This was a reconnaissance operation, codenamed ‘Grouse’.

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Briton commemorates fallen WWII soldiers in Norway

Published on Friday, 9th November, 2012 at 14:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th November 2012 at 15:12.

Those who died as part of Operation Freshman are to be remembered at a 70th anniversary ceremony in Stavanger, western Norway, Sunday.

Airspeed Horsa wooden glider
This glider type was used by the airborne troops during the operationAirspeed Horsa wooden glider
Photo: PD-BRITISHGOV/Wikimedia Commons


The 1942 airborne sortie, the first glider-borne raid of WWII, was undertaken to destroy the Nazis’ stocks of heavy water at the Vemork hydroelectric plant located at Rjukan in Telemark County.

It occurred in the following month after the parachuting of four Norwegian SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents - of which highly-decorated Norwegian Gunnar Sønnsteby was a member - from Kompani Linge (real name Norwegian Independent Company No. 1/NORIC 1). This was a reconnaissance operation, codenamed ‘Grouse’.

A small force of sappers from the Royal Engineers’ 1st Airborne Division units were dispatched on 12th November in wooden gliders towed by two RAF Halifax bombers out of Scotland.

Neither glider reached the planned landing in the snowy Hardangervidda mountains near the Vemork facility, though, despite having attained the Norwegian coast.

The first wooden aircraft encountered severe weather with the pilots suffering navigational problems. 

It crash-landed in the southern Norway mountains after the towrope snapped, killing eight and severely injuring four.

Five were unhurt, and the first Halifax made it back to England unscathed.

The second Halifax and glider crew suffered a worse fate however, with both aircraft crashing into the mountains in the same region.

Those who were not killed were taken prisoner and executed. 71 people total died in Operation Freshman.

Sunday’s commemoration ceremony, the last scheduled one, will take place at Eiganes Cemetery, where those who lost their life are buried.

Britain’s Paul Yeates will lay a wreath at the site, which has individual headstones to all but four of the victims. 

The actual Norwegian memorial commemorates the four injured subsequently tortured and killed.

It was unveiled in 1985 by the tragic sortie’s commander Brigadier Sir Mark Chandos Auberon Henniker and Coleford in Somerset’s Syd Brittain, who did not accompany the mission after injury sustained during the training.

Stavanger Christian Democratic (KrF) Deputy Mayor Bjørg Tysdal Moe will also be present at the ceremony on Sunday.

"I will be remembering those who died in this tragic crash in the cold of the Norwegian mountains and taking with me a message from Chief of General staff General Peter Wall," Peter Yeates said to website thisissomerset.co.uk.

"General Wall is sending his appreciation for all that the Norwegian people did for the UK in World War Two, and wants to thank everyone for your continuing support and remembrance of all those in 9 Squadron and the Glider Pilot Regiment who lost their lives during Operation Freshman," he continued.



Published on Friday, 9th November, 2012 at 14:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th November 2012 at 15:12.

This post has the following tags: operationfreshmanmemorial, norwaycommemorationwwii, rjukanheavywater.





  
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