VE Day 2023 — Iceland remembers Norwegian Squadron 330

Outstanding Citizen Recognition Certificate

On January 17, 2023, I was honoured to receive an Outstanding Citizen Recognition certificate from the Town of Gravenhurst respecting my books, Curing Tuberculosis in Muskoka and Exile Air.  Many thanks to Mayor Heidi Lorenz and the Town Councillors! 

Unveiling of Little Norway Monument, September 18, 1976

Many thanks to Larry Milberry of CANAV Books for sharing this photo, which he took at the unveiling of  a monument at Little Norway Park, Toronto.  This monument commemorates the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s training camp, known as Little Norway, located first in Toronto and later at Muskoka Airport, Gravenhurst, during World War II.

At the far right of the photo, Norway’s Crown Prince Harald salutes.  To his right, standing on the platform in a light-coloured suit, is Barney Danson, Minister of National Defence of Canada.  Beside Minister Danson stands Per Hysing-Dahl, former Royal Norwegian Air Force pilot and then member of the Norwegian Parliament.

The monument can still be seen today at Little Norway Park, 659 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3N2


Remembrance Day 2021

On VE day in May 1945, members of the Royal Norwegian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces gathered in Gull Lake Park, Gravenhurst, for a Drumhead Service celebrating the end of  the war in Europe.  Lest we forget.

Photo from the Gravenhurst Archives.

Happy Syttende Mai!

We would like to wish a happy Nation Day to all our Norwegian  friends!

The Passing of Kaare Nevdal, RNAF Veteran

We are sorry to report that Kaare Nevadal, former Royal Norwegian Air Force veteran, passed away at his home in Rockford, Illinois, on March 13, 2021.  Just last October, Kaare had turned 100 years of age, an event which was celebrated by friends and neighbours in the community.

As noted in our October 9, 2020 post, Kaare was born near Bergen, Norway, in 1920.  After the Nazis invaded Norway, Kaare escaped by boat to the Shetland Islands, and enlisted in the Royal Norwegian Air Force.  He was sent to Canada, where he trained as a radio operator and air gunner at Little Norway in Toronto.  During his training in Toronto, Kaare met his future wife, Muriel Jones.

Kaare was transferred overseas with R.A.F.’s Norwegian Squadron 331.  He flew combat missions over the North Sea from bases in Iceland and Scotland.  He and Muriel settled in Rockford, Illinois, after the war, where Kaare worked in the insurance industry.  He was very active in the community, serving in leadership roles in organizations including the Lutheran Church and Rockford Kiwanis Club.

Kaare is survived by his children, Sandra Rogers and Mark Nevdal, and their families in the USA, as well as family members in Norway.