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    "Litttle Norway", an air training program in Canada, 1940-1945, was conducted from the Toronto Island Airport (1940-1942) and Muskoka/Gravenhurst airport (1942-1945). Approximately 40 participants died as a result of crashes, automobile accidents, and natural causes. I presume that most (if not all) were buried in a particular cemetery - but which one and where ? I wish to photograph the headstones.
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    Hugh, Hi,
    If nobody comes to your help then you might have to do it the hard way!!
    I think that 330 Sqn RNoAF was, at one time, 330 Sqn RAF and the first WW2 Norwegian Sqn. They might have a Sqn Association who might know? On the other hand (Henriksen, Vera (1996). Luftforsvarets historie: Fem Śr i utlegd (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. ISBN*82-03-22070-3.) might be able to help - but only after your crash-course in Norwegian!!! She looks like being the historian expert?
    Sorry can't be more helpful!
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    Hugh,
    Unfortunately, I am not able to answer your question. The first Dane to die on Little Norway was Preben Malm Rasmussen on 26 March 1941, but I do not know were he was buried. I guess the service would have been held in the camp or in a Toronto church. Danish wireless operator Esben Aakjśr took this photo of one of the services held (http://samlinger.natmus.dk/FHM/asset/152917). It seems to have been the minister from the Norwegian Church in Montreal who were responsible for the church services in Little Norway for the first three years, cf.
    http://www.norskeklubben.ca/about/about-nca/

    The norwegian club might be able to help.

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    Ancestry.com has the following death certs for viewing

    Ole Herman BACKER : crashed 24th Jan 1943
    Form is completed: Place of Cremation: Toronto, 29th Jan 1943
    By Stone Funeral Service Ltd

    Knut Bernhard BYE motor car accident 30th Oct 1944
    No one specified on his form wheter it was cremation, burial or removal
    By Stone Funeral Service Ltd

    Olaf Magnus GEORGESEN 6th Jan 1943 (Natural Causes)
    Form is completed: Place of Cremation: Toronto, 8th Jan 1943
    By Stone Funeral Service Ltd

    Conrad MOHR Aircraft accident 22nd Feb 1943
    Cremated at Toronto Crematorium 1st Mar 1943
    By Stone Funeral Service Ltd

    Same for Jens SONDENAA, natural causes 30th Oct 1944
    Cremated at Toronto Crematorium 1st Mar 1943
    By Stone Funeral Service Ltd

    I'm not sure where this photo was taken, its terribly late here
    https://digitaltmuseum.no/0110227170...ndsen-sondenaa

    So, perhaps it was more likely they were cremated and those cremated remains taken back to Norway post war?
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    Are there not any clues to be gleaned from CWGC? And does the RAF 330 Sqn F 540 still exist (if it ever did?)?
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    No. As a general rule, the Norwegian casualties are not listed in the CWGC. They were in Norwegian, not Commonwealth service. ORBs do exist (the Norwegian squadrons operated as part of the RAF and kept records as such), but does not include casualties in the Norwegian Air Forces' training camp (Little Norway). AIR 27/1721-1732 holds the Norwegian squadrons' ORBs.

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    Hugh

    Have you perhaps thought of contacting these folk:

    https://www.norway.no/en/canada

    or

    https://www.norway.no/en/canada/norw...ons-in-canada/

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    We touched on this a number of times before, they have a war graves service run by a government department

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...3744&styleid=3

    Det Kongelige Kirke Utdannings- og Forskningsdepartment (Norwegian Ministry of Education, Research and Church Affairs War Graves Service)
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    I don't have access to Ottawa Journal's archives, but there is a piece on 26 June 1941 after the ferry crash where instructor Kjos and student Harsvik ran into Toronto ferry Sam McBride. I only get the article lead, but I have a hunch that this article gives a clue as to where the service was, and the following burial.
    Regarding Jens Sondenaa, I don't find him as a Little Norway student.
    (Oh, how i would have loved access to Toronto Stars' online archives )

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