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 Birger Oest-Larsen

Birger Oest-Larsen

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Death 6 Jan 1942 (aged 21)
Burial Kilchattan (Isle of Colonsay), Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Memorial ID 100120626 · View Source
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Birger Oest-Larsen
Danish Merchant Navy
Found 6th. January 1942

Oest-Larsen, from Odense, was Mate on S.S. Crusader, which was torpedoed, by U-Boat 561, on the 14th. November 1941, in the mid-Atlantic. His body was still warm when it was found, on the land side of a stone wall and some distance from the coastline; therefore, he must have survived for fifty-four days and 1,200 miles in a lifeboat, only to die after crawling ashore.

The Crusader was built in 1916 in Osaka and, after several changes of name, became the Brosund, with Fredrikshaven as her home port. Along with several other ships, she was "interned" in Baltimore in 1940. This was quite voluntary, as most of her crew would not have wished to return to occupied Denmark. She was renamed Crusader, under the Panamanian flag of convenience, in order to send supplies to the United Kingdom; this was, of course, before Pearl Harbor, and the United States was still neutral.


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  • Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100120626
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Birger Oest-Larsen (15 Oct 1920–6 Jan 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100120626, citing Kilchattan Old Graveyard, Kilchattan (Isle of Colonsay), Argyll and Bute, Scotland ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .