1. KOSB visit Norway May 2013

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    30 and 31 May 2013 Captain Edward Swales and Captain Andrew Herberts from the King`s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) and Lieutenant Colonel Bengt Fransson from Sweden, came to Gardermoen Airfield, Norway. They came to visit the Airforce Museum and the LK147 crash site at Gardermoen Airfield. They also made a visit at the town of Årnes about 20 km east of Gardermoen airfield, a town where KOSB soldiers were stationed in May and June 1945 as part of Operation Doomsday, the Liberation of Norway. Also take a look at this short video from Swedish Televison: http://www.svt.se/nyheter/regionalt/varmlandsnytt/flygkrasch-kan-fa-minnesmarke After the visit in Aarnes, the men traveled to Lake Rojden were LJ899 made a forced landing 10 May 1945 and a visit in the town Torsby just across the border, to meet up with the authorities in the Torsby Municipality. The mens goal is to arrange a Memorial in Sweden May 2014, to Commemorate the KOSB men who perished during the forced landing of LJ899 at Lake Rojden on 10 May 1945.

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    • LK297 - the crash site and Memorial stone

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      Music: The Crimson Wing Camera: GoPro Hero2 Are you a relative or have any information? Contact: stirlingLK147(at)gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LK147?ref=hl A hike and visit to the crash scene in the hills north of Oslo during the autumn of 2012, together with my grandfather. On Ascension Day, Thursday May 10th 1945 Short Stirling LK297 from RAF 190 Squadron took off from Great Dunmow at 0355 hours. The Pilot was the 23 year old Canadian Pilot and Squadron Leader, Douglas Raymond Robertson. After a refuel in Scotland, the aircraft met bad weather and 10/10 cloud in the southern part of Norway. There was also problems with the landing system, Eureka/ Rebecca beacon transmitter put up at Gardermoen Airfield by the first Allied on May 9th, the day before. We will never get to know exactly what happened, but the Pilot have probably decended below his saftey limits to orientate him self below the cloud base. During this manouver, the aircraft came too low, the Pilot made an attempt to climp with a stall as a result. Based on take off time, flying distance of 1400 km, the weight of the aircraft 38,8 tonns fully loaded, and a speed of about 400 km/ph, it means that the crash have happened at about 0850 GMT or 1000 hours local time. All the 24 men onboard were killed, including the Air Vice-Marshal James Rowland Scarlett-Streatfeild, the leader of the 38 Transport Group Royal Air Force. He was the one who planned the major air attack across the Rhein during WW2, and in charge of the supply drops behind enemy lines in Netherlands. He flew Spitifire him self. A Norwegian Liason Major Peter Kato Juliebø was also killed during the crash. The LK297 was persumed "Missing in Action" for 42 days, when a fire in the woods were reported. On Thursday June 21th 1945 a forrest watch man reported a fire, and the fire men rushed to the scene and found the burned out remains of the 24 men and the Short Stirling Aircraft. It was a very dry summer, and shattered glass from the Aircraft probably caused fire in the dry enviroment. A Memorial stone and a plaque was erected and unveiled in 1989 at the crash scene, at the same spot were the front fuselage of the Aircraft was found. Still you may find some parts from the aircraft at the crash scene. Every year in May on the Sunday close to May 10th at 1200 hours a Commemoration is held at the crash site. The 24 men were buried at Vestre gravlund civil Cemetary in Oslo on July 2nd 1945, where they rest today. The men onboard LK297 – 190 Sqdn. 5G-G – Great Dunmow - May 10th 1945 Crew: S/Ldr. Douglas Raymond Robertson (RCAF) - J/13712 - age 23 - Kamloops, Br. Columbia, Canada Croix de Guerre. Son of Ewen C. and Rachel V. Robertson. F/Lt. Norman Leslie Roseblade (RCAF) - J/15029 – Canada F/Lt. Lemuel Ernest Prowse (RCAF) - J/22241 - age 25 - of Bengough, Saskatchewan, Canada Son of Reginald Ernest and Julia Prowse F/Sgt. Arthur Gwynne Davies - 1655744 - age 38 F/Sgt. Ronald Alderson - 621931 - age 26 W/O. George Edward Thompson - 934837 - age 34 - Notting Hill, London Officers: Air Vice-Marshal James Rowland Scarlett-Streatfeild - 26093 - age 36 Norwegian liaison officer Major Peter Kato Juliebø - age 34 HQ. 1. Airb. Div. Def. Pl. Army Air Corps: Cpl. Sidney George Rayner - 6022851 - age 28 - Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire Pte. David William Cooper - 5949675 - age 27 - Holloway, London Pte. Walter Robert Lovett - 5949624 - age 25 - Battersea, London Pte. Walter William Elliott - 2066440 - age 23 - Smethwick, Staffordshire Pte. Kenneth John Watts - 14838385 - age 18 - Bournemouth, Hampshire Pte. George Walton - 14849675 - age 19 - Rookhope, Durham Pte. Michael Mullen Wade - 14821131 - age 19 - Whitletts, Ayrshire Pte. Francis Gerard Trainor - 14848212 - age 19 - Distington, Cumberland Pte. John Shannon - 14790116 - age 18 - Paisley, Renfrewshire Pte. Clarence Sutherland - 14823217 - age 18 - Liverpool Pte. William Rodger - 14448582 - age 18 - Glasgow Pte. Edmund Charles Monk - 14448624 - 18 - Colchester, Essex Pte. Frank George McGlynn - 14448532 - age 18 2nd Airborne Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry: Pte. Frederick Sainty - 6148388 - age 22 - Clapham, London Pte. Edward Waby - 5382102 - age 26 - son of James and Mary Pte. Herbert William Woodward - 5381488 - age 29 - Wantage, Berkshire They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we shall remember them.

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      • Operation Doomsday - Liberation of Norway May 1945

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        Are you a relative or do you have any information regarding the 48 men who perished and the 18 men who survived? Please contact: stirlingLK147(at)gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/LK147 May 8th 1945 was Victory in Europe Day. The Allied forces carried out OPERATION DOOMSDAY the same day. Mission: to Liberate Norway. Over 360.000 heavily armed Nazi German forces still occupied Norway, as they had done for the last five years since April 9th 1940. The Allied engaged a massive invasion of Norway, that brought 30.000 Allied soldiers to Norway through sea and air. On May 10 1945 three Short Stirling Aricrafts crashed enroute to Gardermoen Airfield on their mission to Liberate Norway. 48 men died on that very same day. The men onboard LK147 - 196 Sqdn. Shepherds Grove, Suffolk - May 10th 1945: ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE: Flying Officer John Leonard BREED 24 RAAF Pilot Warrant Officer Hugh Joseph KILDAY 31 RAAF ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE: Flight Sergeant Harold Alfred BELL 32 Flight Sergeant David WELCH 34 Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant Lionel James Douglas GILYEAD 21 Warrant Officer Raymond Charles IMPETT 32 Navigator THE LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT: Lieutenant Frederick Geoffrey SAVILLE 20 THE BORDER REGIMENT 1ST AIRBORNE BATTALION: Private Frederick BROWN 25 Private Thomas Dalrymple BROWN 26 Corporal Charles GAVAGHAN 34 Private Thomas LAYCOCK 26 Private George Alan LITTLE 25 Private Robert MCKEOWN 30 Private Horace NEWBY 32 Private Joseph PAGAN 25 Private George Thomas PHIPPS 25 Lance Corporal Thomas Errington RICHARDSON 25 Lance Sergeant Frank Raymond SEABURY 29 Private Joseph SMETHURST 38 Lance Corporal Alexander Barr TODD 25 The men onboard LJ899 - 190 Squadron, Great Dunmow - May 10th 1945: Pilot Flying Officer Eric Atkinson – RAF No. 153846 Wireless Operator Flying Officer Harold Ashton – RAF No. 172733 Bomb Aimer William Stanley Long – RAF No. 165358 Air Gunner Sergeant William “Jack” Flynn – RAF No. 1824033 Flight Engineer Sergeant William “Bill” Wright Navigator Sergeant Kenneth Haddy Rundle Passengers: Major Donald R. Hartt (Canloan officer) 3185283 CSM Thomas Morrison 2046171 L/Cpl Robert J. Saunders (originally RE) 14868959 L/Cpl Ronald Victor Lindsell 2047320 Pte Herbert Walter McCawley (originally RE) 14216339 Pte Gordon K. Harradine 1430452 Pte Harold T. Cooper (originally RA) 14406108 Pte Alexander Hogg (Sigs) 14436095 Pte Clarence Steele 14879068 Pte Alfred Wadsworth 7522860 L/Cpl Frank Barraclough (RAMC) Wounded: 14876530 Pte Eric W. Evans 14819860 Pte Charles F. Whitford – leg and stomach injuries Perished: 3185837 L/Sgt John Mulholland 2751055 Cpl James McAra Davidson 3326512 Cpl John Pearl 14806308 Pte Duncan Anthony Connolly The men onboard LK297 – 190 Sqdn. 5G-G – Great Dunmow - May 10th 1945: S/Ldr. Douglas Raymond Robertson (RCAF) - J/13712 - age 23 – Kamloops, Br. Columbia, Canada F/Lt. Norman Leslie Roseblade (RCAF) - J/15029 - Canada F/Lt. Lemuel Ernest Prowse (RCAF) - J/22241 - age 25 - of Bengough, Saskatchewan, Canada F/Sgt. Arthur Gwynne Davies - 1655744 - age 38 F/Sgt. Ronald Alderson - 621931 - age 26 W/O. George Edward Thompson - 934837 - age 34 - Notting Hill, London Air Vice-Marshal James Rowland Scarlett-Streatfeild - 26093 - age 36 Norwegian liaison officer Major Peter Kato Juliebø – age 34 HQ. 1. Airb. Div. Def. Pl. Army Air Corps: Cpl. Sidney George Rayner - 6022851 - age 28 - Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire Pte. David William Cooper - 5949675 - age 27 - Holloway, London Pte. Walter Robert Lovett - 5949624 - age 25 - Battersea, London Pte. Walter William Elliott - 2066440 - age 23 - Smethwick, Staffordshire Pte. Kenneth John Watts - 14838385 - age 18 – Bournemouth, Hampshire Pte. George Walton - 14849675 - age 19 - Rookhope, Durham Pte. Michael Mullen Wade - 14821131 - age 19 - Whitletts, Ayrshire Pte. Francis Gerard Trainor - 14848212 - age 19 – Distington, Cumberland Pte. John Shannon - 14790116 - age 18 - Paisley, Renfrewshire Pte. Clarence Sutherland - 14823217 - age 18 - Liverpool Pte. William Rodger - 14448582 - age 18 - Glasgow Pte. Edmund Charles Monk - 14448624 - 18 - Colchester, Essex Pte. Frank George McGlynn - 14448532 - age 18 2nd Airborne Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry: Pte. Frederick Sainty - 6148388 - age 22 – Clapham, London Pte. Edward Waby - 5382102 - age 26 - son of James and Mary Pte. Herbert William Woodward - 5381488 - age 29 – Wantage, Berkshire

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        • Operation Stone - the sled trip

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          Music: J Sigsworth - AK This is the story of the heavy transportation of the 115 kg Memorial stone being pulled on a sled from the Lyshaug Farm, and all the way down to the former Cemetery and crash scene of the LK147 at Gardermoen Airfield. The stone was put up at the Cemetery on Sunday December 18th 2011 in memory of the 20 men who lost their lives on May 10th 1945 during Operation Doomsday. A Commemoration was arranged at the crash scene on May 12th 2012, and the Memorial stone and plaque was unveiled the same day. 40 relatives from Scotland, England, Wales and Australia attended. More videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/423451 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LK147?ref=hl

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          • LK147 - A Short Stirling Story

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            Are you a relative or do you have any information? Please contact: stirlingLK147(at)gmail.com Please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LK147#!/LK147?sk=wall On saturday May 12th 2012 a Commemoration was arranged at the crash site located just 1500 meters south of the western runway at Gardermoen international airport, Norway. Almost 40 relatives came to Norway that weekend, representing 16 of the 20 deceased men. The relatives came all the way from Australia, England and Scottland. After the German surrender on may the 8th 1945, the allied forces carried out "Operation Doomsday" the next day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Doomsday A total of 30.000 Allied troops were sent to Norway to supervise the disarmament of more than 350,000 German troops. There were fears that the German forces might refuse to surrender and instead resist the Allied occupation forces. At 07.30 local time on May the 10th 1945, 15 aircraft from RAF 190 Squadron took off from Shepherds Grove in Suffolk. The goal was Gardermoen, Norway, but because of bad weather 13 of the aircrafts returned to Sheperds Grove. One aircraft landed safely, but LK147 from the 196 Squadron crashed in the deep valley about 2 km south of the west runway at the Gardermoen airport. Another Stirling LK297 crashed in Andtjernåsen, Sørkedalen outside Oslo http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/sorkedalen.html and another Stirling LJ899 crashed at lake Røgden, Finnskogen on the Norwegian-Swedish border http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/rogden.html The cause is uncertain, but the eyewitness Sigmund Vøien (25 at that time), observed that the aircraft came in low, about 10 meters above the roof top on the farm. Another eyewitness has said that one of the two engines on the left side suddenly caught fire. Vøien on the other hand, didn`t see any fire or smoke. 20 men were killed, among them Flying Officer John Leonard Breed (24) from Western Australia, 5 of his crew members and 14 soldiers from the THE BORDER REGIMENT 1ST AIRBORNE BATTALION. No one survived. During "Operation Doomsday" 663 planes landed at Gardermoen and 405 at Sola, bringing 7139 soldiers. A temporarly Cemetary was established at the crash site. On November the 17th 1945 the remains were exhumed and buried at Oslo western civil cemetery, Vestre gravlund, (Commonwealth War Graves). Some remains of the Short Stirling LK147 is still there, on the banks of the little river Sogna, eroded by the ravages of time. The small Cemetary at Sogna was almost forgotten, when senior adviser for cultural affairs in Nannestad Municipality Lars Jahr together with Ullensaker Historical society, removed trees and shrubs, and reconstructed the beautiful and simple white picket fence during summer 2009 and 2010. In memory of: ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE: Flying Officer John Leonard BREED 24 RAAF Pilot Warrant Officer Hugh Joseph KILDAY 31 RAAF ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE: Flight Sergeant Harold Alfred BELL 32 Flight Sergeant David WELCH 34 Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant Lionel James Douglas GILYEAD 21 Warrant Officer Raymond Charles IMPETT 32 Navigator THE LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT: Lieutenant Frederick Geoffrey SAVILLE 20 THE BORDER REGIMENT 1ST AIRBORNE BATTALION: Private Frederick BROWN 25 Private Thomas Dalrymple BROWN 26 Corporal Charles GAVAGHAN 34 Private Thomas LAYCOCK 26 Private George Alan LITTLE 25 Private Robert MCKEOWN 30 Private Horace NEWBY 32 Private Joseph PAGAN 25 Private George Thomas PHIPPS 25 Lance Corporal Thomas Errington RICHARDSON 25 Lance Sergeant Frank Raymond SEABURY 29 Private Joseph SMETHURST 38 Lance Corporal Alexander Barr TODD 25 How to get there - park by the green arrow: http://g.co/maps/hcnkh Follow the blue route. More info: http://www.eub.no/kultur/article5281099.ece http://www.rb.no/lokale_nyheter/article2232629.ece Gravplass frem i dagen: http://klubbinfo.no/6vd http://klubbinfo.no/3pj From NWT.se http://www.nwt.se/familj/article562646.ece Music by Knut Reiersrud & Iver Kleive - Som Den Gyldne Sol Frembryter - from the album Blå koral. http://open.spotify.com/album/70eW0iGBJWPduUjHQIYq4f

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