Høverstad, Gunnar

Personal Information

Rank 1st Lt.
Forename(s) Gunnar
Surname Høverstad
Gender M
Age 21
Decorations MiD
Date of Death 03-12-1943
Next of Kin Son of Dr. Torstein Høverstad (born 1880 in Vang), and Margit Johanne B. Knutsen (born 1888 in Leikanger).

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number HX167
Markings TL-C

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Norway
Burial/Memorial Place Hjortbu in Voksenlia
Grave Reference
Ribbon Stone 0280 (Block 4, Column 7, Row 1)

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 185

Enlistment Information

Service Number 5154
Service Royal Norwegian Air Force
Group 8
Squadron 35 (Madras Presidency)
Squadron Motto Uno animo agimus (We act with one accord)
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin Norway

Other Memorials

Location Roadside Location, Graveley, Cambridgeshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Memorial Stone
Memorial Text Graveley Airfield 1942-1945 8 Group Bomber Command 35 Squadron Pathfinder Force 692 Squadron Light Night Striking Force R.A.F. To commemorate this airfield in honour of those who served the nation aircrew, groundstaff & WAFF of United Kingdom Dominions, C
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Location All Saints Church, Offord Cluny, Cambridgeshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stained Glass Window, Sqn Badge & Roll of Honour
Memorial Text Remember before God all those airmen and airwomen 3who served with 35 Squadron R.A.F. Graveley 1939-1945
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Miscellaneous Information

Born February 3, 1922 in Asker, Norway. Trained as a pilot in Canada.
War Medal, War Cross with Sword and Mentioned in Dispatches for distinguished service.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 02-12-1943
End Date 03-12-1943
Takeoff Station Graveley
Day/Night Raid Night (34% moon)
Operation Berlin. 458 aircraft, 40 losses (8.7%). No diversionary raids and the force took a direct route to Berlin. The German controller anticipated Berlin as the target 18 minutes before zero hour and had amassed a considerable number of night-fighters in good time. An incorrect weather forecast caused difficulties in marking the target and the unexpectedly high winds also scattered the main force, allowing many to be picked off by the night-fighters, particularly on the home leg. Nonetheless, two Siemens factories were badly damaged along with a ball-bearing factory and some railway assets.
Reason for Loss Believed to have crashed in the Berlin area

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