Gunnar Fridtjof Thurmann Sønsteby (1918–2012) was a member of the Norwegian resistance movement during the German occupation of Norway in World War II. In 1942 he became "Agent 24" in the SOE. He became the contact for all SOE agents in eastern Norway and head of the Norwegian Independent Company 1 group. This group performed several spectacular acts of sabotage. He is the most highly decorated person in Norway, including being the only one to have been awarded the War Cross with three…
Hero of the Telemark dies aged 101: WWII commando carried out raid on Norwegian Hydro plant to thwart Nazi's A-bomb plans
WWII commando carried out raid on Norwegian Hydro plant to thwart Nazi's A-bomb plans. One of the last two survivors of the legendary Second World War 'Heroes of the Telemark' raid, which helped thwart Hitler's plans to build a Nazi nuclear bomb, has died aged 101.
Gunnar Sønsteby was Norway’s most decorated war hero, chief of operations for the underground resistance and a member of a team of saboteurs that performed several spectacular acts of sabotage; among them smuggling out plates for the printing of Norwegian kroner from the Norwegian Central Bank, and blowing up the office for Norwegian forced labour, a strike that wrecked the Nazis’ plan of sending young Norwegian men to the Eastern Front.