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Frithjof Gunnar M Tollefsen

Military

Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Wounded by flak in knee. Repatriated in Jan-45 when POW camp evacuated. Hospitalised Fort Lewis, WA.

Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 732nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28641 'Cee Gee'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) practice mission, A/C became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with badly wounded crew members [Sgt Nissen and Sgt Tollefsen]. 2 x WIA, 10...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

  • Stalag Luft VI

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Multnomah County, OR 20 June 1920
Based Old Buckenham 1943 – 4 February 1944

Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Forced down Czech Republic 4 February 1944

On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 4 February 1944 – January 1945

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Repatriated Fort Lewis, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, USA January 1945

Repatriated [Knee wound] when POW camp evacuated. Jan-45. Presumably a forced march. Hospitalised Fort Lewis, WA.

Died Washington County, OR 23 January 1994
Buried Willamette National Cemetery Portland, Multnomah County, OR 26 January 1994

Willamette National Cemetery
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 20:34:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/638860277
https://www.fold3.com/record/702123493-blank
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5075931/frithjof-g.m.-tollefsen

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2020 21:56:40 jmoore43 Changes to highest rank and events
Sources

Updated POW event & Rank per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 15:44:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to place associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- The Liberator Men of Old Buc

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2016 10:53:02 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/37105486

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2016 10:19:56 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, firstname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/37105486

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2968, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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