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ASERAL CHURCHYARD

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
10
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
7.41445
Latitude:
58.61744

Location Information

Aseral is located about 65 kilometres north of the south coast town of Mandal. From the E39 turn onto the 455. Follow the 455 past the junction with the 42 and carry on towards Aseral. The church stands next to the main road in the village, and the collective grave is on the western side of the church.

Historical Information

During the Second World War, Norway was of strategic importance to the Germans. Their invasion on 9 April 1940 was sudden and widespread and despite Allied intervention, the entire country was under German occupation by early June. Thereafter, Allied activity in Norway was confined to raids and special operations, with the Commonwealth air forces providing support to Norwegian resistance groups until the German capitulation in May 1945. There are no Commonwealth war cemeteries in Norway, those who died there being buried in civil cemeteries and churchyards.

Aseral Churchyard contains the collective grave of ten Commonwealth airmen who were shot down on 22 December 1944.