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SONDELED (INDRE) CHURCHYARD

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Country:
Norway
Identified Casualties:
6
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
9.08024
Latitude:
58.76308

Location Information

Sondeled Churchyard is at Indre Sondeled, a town halfway between Arendal and Brevik on the old E18. From the E18, turn off onto the 416 then 418 at Akland then follow signs for Sondeled. In the town, follow the direction to Hasasmyr. Follow this road to the T-junction and turn left. The church is along this road. The collective Commonwealth war grave is located at the far end of the main path.

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.

Sondeled (Indre) Churchyard contains the collective grave of of six Commonwealth airmen.