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    Default NAF Casualty early 1945

    I'm afraid I'm a bit short on concrete details for this one, but I'm seeking the name of a Norwegian Air Force pilot with 332 Squadron, who was killed early in 1945 whilst piloting a Spitfire over Holland.

    Any chance someone could offer a/some name(s)?

    Brian

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    Check out the Nordic losses lists at this site:

    http://www.rafandluftwaffe.info/

    there are a number of Spitfires in the benlux area for January and onwards.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis - Brian,
    Will send you a PM with info on Norwegian airmen.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    and this listing

    http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1945%20sec_tcm5-7286.pdf

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    Thank you gentlemen - obviously no easy answer.

    Henk,

    I wasn't able to open your file as I don't have Microsoft Professional 2003 - I've also lost your email which went into my SPAM folder. I don't know if you want to try again but Amrit and Dennis have provided me with good sources of information.

    Brian

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    Hi Brian,

    Once you find the name of your man you may find that he is buried in Norway. If this is the case and you don't have the details you might find this website useful http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/index.php

    Regards
    Linzee

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    Just to put this one to bed the man I was seeking was 2nd Lt Olaf Ragnar Wagtskjold, NAF, a pilot with 332 Sqn. Flying a Spitfire IX (PL214, AH-A) he took off for an armed reconnaissance over the Low Countries at 0830 am on 28 February 1945. His aircraft was hit by German ground-fire and crashed into a canal near Putten.

    Wagtskjold had escaped from Norway in a small fishing boat with 9 other young men, and reached Lerwick on 16 August 1941. I was fortunate in tracing the daughter of the boat's owner and she was able to provide his name. From there it was a simple matter to use all the links you provided to discover when, and how, he was killed.

    Originally buried at Putten, he was later taken home and now rests in the Minnesmerker Cemetary, Bergen. Photos can be found at http://www.disnorge.no/gravminner/bilde.php?id=1171806

    Thank you.

    Brian
    Last edited by Lyffe; 10th January 2009 at 11:26. Reason: Buriel details

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