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Norwegian Spitfire Foundation announce airshow dates

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Norwegian Spitfire Foundation would like to announce that the “Shark Mustang” will participate in the following airshows;

Duxford VE Day Airshow
RAF Cosford

Stay tuned, there might be more!

The Shark Mustang

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Spitfirepilots.com proud to present MOSQUITO ATTACK!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Blog, Books | 0 comments

It’s been a long time coming, but it will finally be out! Delivered to the publisher some time in the summer/fall of 2014, it certainly took its time. But, looking at the new front page cover, it will be worth the wait! The absolute best news in my opinion is Fonthill Medias decision to let an editor work on the book, making any awkward Norwegian-English sentences disappear.

The book was started on in 2013 as a translation project from Finn Eriksruds original 1945 memoir written in Norwegian. The book is updated with new research, names of people, lists of events. Even down to the serial numbers of Mosquitos and ships he was on, escaping Norway. It is a compelling read, written by a young man who still had the experiences of WWII close in his mind and memory. Read between the lines and you will discover a boy who had to grow up quick. Someone who often found himself scared or uncertain of himself, but did his job to the detail. Finn Eriksrud is a true hero and a brilliant example of his generation.

The book will be out 13.02.2015 via Fonthill Media, Amazon, Bookdepository and any other online retailer. It will also be avaiable via the author for Norwegian readers who would like the book signed.

In 1943, the Norwegian forces formed No. 333 Squadron—their third detachment to fly under RAF command. One of its Flights was equipped with de Havilland’s modern wonder, the Mosquito, and among its pilots was twenty-oneyear-old Finn Eriksrud. Mosquito Attack! A Norwegian RAF Pilot at War charts his escape from occupied Norway, his travels across the world, his bomber training in Canada, and the reconnaissance and patrol missions he flew over his homeland. By December 1943, all of the original pilots of Finn’s squadron had died, either in flying accidents or shot down around the Scandinavian Peninsula. That winter, Finn would himself be forced to bail out over the coast of Norway. He was captured and later imprisoned by the German Luftwaffe in Lower Silesia, and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft III Bellaria. In spite of thoughts of escape, Finn was only able leave the camp when the Germans abandoned it in early 1945.

Tor Idar Larsen’s narrative is a compelling and well-researched interpretation of Finn Eriksrud’s original memoirs, written upon his return to Norway after the war. The result is a unique perspective on the Second World War: it offers fresh insight, not only into the experiences of a Mosquito pilot, but also into the friendships, personal development, and adventures of a young man far from home.

 

 

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