Norway’s Defence Museum in Oslo is looking for parts from Norwegian Spitfire aircraft which crashed in the Netherlands 1944-1945, to illustrate the story of 12 pilots who died.
12 Norwegian Spitfire pilots flying with 331 and 332 Squadron lost their lives in the Netherlands during the last eight months of the 2nd World War, between September 1944 and April 1945. In the Netherlands the two units operated from Woensdrecht, Schijndel and Twente.
In February 2016 eleven crash sites were located by a Norwegian historian, from Terneuzen in the south to Eelde in the north. This week two representatives of the Norwegian Defence Museum are visiting the Netherlands hoping to make contact with institutions and collectors who would like to donate aircraft parts and share information.
If parts are found, a few of them will if possible be put on public display in Norway, along with the story of the pilots who died in the aircraft. Already one Dutch collector has stepped forward to donate part of an aircraft which crashed near Putten on February 28th 1945, killing it’s Norwegian pilot 2nd Ltn. Oluf Wagtskjold. (Note webmaster: SGLO T5330)
Initially Norway wishes only to register parts held by private collectors and museums/institutions, not to remove them. Eventually only a limited number of parts will be brought to Norway, and only with the consent of today’s owners. Even if most of the aircraft parts remain in the Netherlands, the museum still would like to register and document those that are known to exist.
Norway is also trying to aquire an air-worthy Spitfire to honour this part of our history, says Lars Ness, speaking on behalf of the Norwegian Defence Museum. Ness is himself a Spitfire pilot In 2017 he carried out a fly-past with a Spitfire at Eelde to commemorate a Norwegian Wing Leader, who lost his life there in February 1945, Ltn Colonel Rolf Arne Berg.(Note webmaster: SGLO T5190)
If possible, we would like to display parts from war-time aircraft in Norway, both to preserve history and at the same time to honour the pilots who lost their lives. If there are people who recognize our purpose and are willing to help, we hope they will step forward.
Persons or institutions who are willing to let their aircraft parts be documented or to donate relevant parts to Norway, are asked to contact the Defence Attache Office at the Norwegian embassy in Den Haag.
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