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.