Yesterday was unveiled a memorial for 132. Norwegian Wing in Grimbergen, Belgium.

It’s in Norwegian, but finally after 70 years, a memorial stone, a Spitfire wing erected in Norwegian granite, was finally unveiled at one of the many frontline airfields 331 and 332 squadrons were stationed at. Part of the fully Norwegian commanded 132. Wing, they moved together with the front all the way from D-day beaches into Germany. The squadrons were primarily doing close air support for the troops on the ground, armed recon deep into enemy lines free targeting supply routes and rhubarb attacks on airfields. Losses by AAA were astronomical from 1944 to the war’s end, due to low altitude missions in preparation for D-day, air support and ground attack roles after D-day and with no chance of escape if hit. Wing Commander Rolf Arne Berg died this way in Feb 1945, he took on an extra sortie for a sick friend, even after his tour was finished and was just going on leave. Around hundred more pilots in the Wing died in rhubarb and low level attacks during the war.

According to national archives, a total of 334 pilots lost their lives, over 250 of those were in 331 and 332 if I recall correctly. Of the total number of pilots in the Wing, around 80% lost their lives, only a few from each squadron survived the entire war. Now there is still a memorial needed for 333 squadron which protected the Atlantic convoys/U-boat hunting and raiding ships carrying iron ore on the Norwegian coast.

The veteran in the interview was ground crew. He said when you put down your tent, often the pins would pierce into dead bodies, buried very shallow. Presumably due to Luftwaffe’s hastily retreat from airfields, espeically the first two months after D-day.

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You might be able to translate it with Google.

The same can be said about the number of survivors from Battle of Britton. A very few survived the whole war.
But the percentage (%) was even less for Luftwaffe.