'Glomjford - Operation Musketoon’

Date commenced: 
Sunday, September 20, 1942

Location

Glomfjord
Norway
66° 51' 33.12" N, 14° 1' 36.48" E
Units: 

Glomfjord, Norway

Operation Musketoon was a raid on an electricity generating station at Glomfjord in German occupied Norway. Ten Commandos from No 2 Commando and 2 Norwegian corporals working for the SOE took part in the raid leaving thier home port on the 11th September. They were taken by submarine to a remote Fjord, completed a difficult overland route, approaching their target from the rear and successfully destroyed it. Seven were captured and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp under Hitler's infamous Commando Order. 
 
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Captain Graeme Delamere Black DSO, MC
Captain Joseph Blundell Houghton MC
Sergeant Miller Smith
Lance Bombardier William Henry Albert Chudley
Private Reginald Henry Makeham
Rifleman Cyril Henry Abram
Private Eric Gordon Curtis

The Commandos were accompanied by 2 scouts from Norwegian Independent Company 1 (Noric1), an SOE unit who were both later killed.

Sergeant Erling Magnus Djupdræt
Corporal Sverre Granlund

Lance Sergeant Richard O'Brien, Guardsman John Fairclough, and Private Frederick Trigg all escaped and made it back to the UK rejoining No.2 Commando. Private Trigg was killed in action in Italy on 16 February 1944.

There is a Memorial at Sachsenhausen in memory of not only those executed on this raid, but of all the British and Commonwealth Forces, many still unknown, who were interned and perished there, or elsewhere, at the hands of their captors.
These include the Commandos from Operation Checkmate [view].
 
There is more about the raid here in our history of No 2 Commando section.
 

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