Buried in Norway

Graves in Bergen, Norway

Another poignant grave photograph, this one having been taken at Bergen in Norway. The crew buried here are from 105 Squadron. The crosses on which the names can be read belong to Pilot Officer Richard Alban Richards, pilot, (he was indeed Richard Richards) and Sergeant Arthur Charles North, observer. Both were aged only 22. The third crewman, Sergeant Ernest Edmund Farrow Snutch, wireless operator/air gunner, has no known grave. He was 26.

Richards and North are buried at Mollendal Church Cemetery. The crew were shot down by flak on an anti-shipping sweep on 16 May 1941.

It is not known when the photograph was taken and the huge tribute of flowers made. Note also the Union Jacks stuck into the ground. The photograph was certainly taken before all British service graves were rationalised after the war and the wooden crosses were replaced by the permanent stone memorials. Something very touching and immediate was lost in that process when all the graves were given the same War Graves Commission appearance.

Jespersen Crew – D-Day

The Jespersen crew, flying in a Lancaster of 97 Squadron, were shot down on D-Day and all were killed.

Finn Varde Jespersen was a Norwegian and so were four of his crew. They belonged to the Norwegian forces rather than the British forces, and thus their graves and memorials are looked after by Norway.

Jespersen is remembered on three memorials in Norway. The photograph at the top of the page is of the memorial at the Akershus Fortress, Oslo. The memorial plaque below has the name of all five Norwegian crew members: Jespersen, Evensen, Magnus, Munster and Pedersen, representing a large proportion of the 34 names for RAF Bomber Command.

jespersen air force at akershus

Jespersen is also remembered at Heming and Ris School.

jespersen finn varde at heming

jespersen at ris school

All the images on this page were sent to us by David Wold.

Richard Maddox emailed us in June 2019 with the following info:

Reference the Jepersen crew loss on 6 June 1944; I’ve found a reference to the grave of one of the crew Jon Ernst Herlof Evensen. He is buried at the Vestre Gravlund Cemetery in Oslo.

This information is from the ‘Recherche de France-Crashes 39-45’ website and the page link is below:

http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=1274

The British and the Canadian members of the crew are buried in France. Respectively, they are Gerald Ashpole and William McCutcheon. Ashpole lies at Osmanville, where he was originally buried, whereas McCutcheon is at Bayeux.

Jespersen crew - Ashpole

Below: 75th anniversary memorial ceremony at Osmanville. 

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