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    I am just researching the loss of HX167 (02/12/1943) and its captain Gunnar HÝvelstad.

    I was wondering what procedure was in place for finding missing airmen from non commonwealth countries and whether there was any MRES involvement.

    I have no details about his original burial nor his reburial after the war (and obviously there is no information on CWGC).

    Can anyone enlighten me on the general procedure and, if possible, provide details re HÝvelstad

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    Have a google of him but spell his name "Gunnar HÝverstad"

    Norwegian Wiki has date of birth, photo and narrative.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Two references to memorials on Norwegian site, but not an individual burial place
    http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/bilde.php?id=2065517
    http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/bilde.php?id=2953829

    He had arrived in England from India in a group of volunteers in June 1941 and continued to Canada joining the Norwegian Air Force (in exile) in Little Norway.

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    Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom. Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War
    fb.me/britainsvictorydenmarksfreedom
    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    Another reference (but still no burial place, and in Norwegian)
    http://da2.uib.no/cgi-win/WebBok.exe...=389&storleik=

    From the Norwegian Book of Remembrance.

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    Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom. Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War
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    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    A number of old threads over teh years have touched on this:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/04313.php
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...ian-War-Graves

    Det Kongelige Kirke Utdannings- og Forskningsdepartment (Norwegian Ministry of Education, Research and Church Affairs War Graves Service)?

    https://www.regjeringen.no/globalass...re_engelsk.pdf

    But it does seem that repatriated remains were passed to the families for burial, so the authorities may not know where final resting place was.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks for the responses; very much appreciated as always.

    I originally had his name down as HÝverstad but changed it to HÝvelstad as that was how it was shown on a couple of websites. I have changed it back now, having once again been reminded of the frailty of the internet.

    I am assuming that the MRES would have had responsibility for establishing the whereabouts of all missing airmen (including non commonwealth personnel). Would the Air Ministry or the CWGC then have been given the task of contacting the family to establish whether their relative should be concentrated in the country in which he had fallen or repatriated?

    Regards (and thanks again for the feedback to date)

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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