Jan S. Baalsrud, MBE (December 13, 1917 in Kristiania, Norway – December 30, 1988 in Kongsvinger, Norway) was a commando in the Norwegian resistance trained by the British.
Jan Baalsrud was born in Kristiania (now Oslo), and moved to Kolbotn in the early 1930s, where he lived until the 1950s. He graduated as an instrument-maker in 1939.
World War II
During the German invasion of Norway in 1940, he fought in Vestfold. He later escaped to Sweden, but he was convicted of espionage and expelled from the country. He eventually arrived in Britain in 1941, after having travelled through the USSR, Africa and USA, where he joined the Norwegian Company Linge. In early 1943, he, three other commandos and the boat crew of eight, all Norweigans, embarked on a dangerous mission to destroy a German air control tower and recruit for the resistance movement. This mission was compro
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