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* NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Take Off date is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date we change our record if necessary
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Sergeant M Eriksen of the Royal Norwegian Air Force serving with the RAF, 1942. This portrait of Norwegian pilot Marius Eriksen perhaps typifies both Kennington's approach and the Air Ministry's preferred imagery of its personnel. Like Wilhelm Mohr, Marius Eriksen left Norway for Britain and underwent training at 'Little Norway' in Canada before operational service. He began to fly Spitfires with 332 (Norwegian) Squadron in 1942 under the command of Wilhelm Mohr, becoming a fighter 'ace' before he had turned 20. Kennington depicts him as if ready to fly at any moment, wearing a life jacket and a polka-dotted cravat. Kennington emphasises Eriksen's artfully arranged blonde hair, Hollywood-like looks and film star pose, creating the epitome of the wartime fighter pilot. Eriksen was a talented youth skier in peacetime, became a bold fighter pilot and after the war appeared in films, so his personality tallied with the imagery.
332 Sqd Norwegian
Portrait by Eric Kennington
Captain W Mohr: a Squadron Commander of the Royal Norwegian Air Force serving with the RAF, 1942. In May 1940 Wilhelm Mohr left his native Norway for Britain, hoping to continue his wartime service as a pilot despite the fall of his country to Nazi occupation. From Britain he was sent to Canada, spending a year as a flight instructor at 'Little Norway', a training camp for Norwegian pilots. From mid-1941 Mohr served as a pilot with the RAF and from April 1942 took command of 332 (Norwegian) Squadron, the second Norwegian squadron in the RAF.