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Issued: July 18, 2016
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​Parish council welcomes Norwegian Air Force veterans to North Weald

North Weald Bassett Parish Council was represented among the welcoming party when ​Norwegian Air Force veterans flew in to North Weald Airfield ahead of the Community Air Fete.

The visiting dignitaries were headed by Retired Lieutenant General Wilhelm Mohr, 99, who served at North Weald and was Commander of 332 Norwegian Squadron.

He later became Chief of the Norwegian Air Staff and became known as the 'Father of the Norwegian Air Force'.

He was accompanied by his daughter, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Knut Fossum and Serving Colonel Aage Longva.

After landing on Saturday morning in a DA20 Falcon EW - following a two-hour flight from Oslo - the party were welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre; Epping Forest District Council chairman Jeane Lea, North Weald Bassett Parish Council chairman Cyril Hawkins and other parish councillors, North Weald Royal Air Force Association chairman and airfield historian Arthur Moreton and John Young, chairman of North Weald Flying Services (The Squadron).

The guests dined at the Kings Head in North Weald, which was a popular drinking venue for servicemen during the war, on Saturday evening and visited the North Weald Airfield Museum and took part in a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday.

North Weald Bassett Parish Council chairman Cyril Hawkins said: "It was a pleasure to welcome the visiting Norwegian guests to North Weald and to see the long-established links between the village, its airfield and Norway continuing."

The air fete event celebrated 100 years of flying at North Weald.
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