Books have been written, television features have been made, and there is a number of articles about Gjefsjøen and Operasjon Rype throughout the ages. Mostly in Norwegian. Feel free to tell us if there are more stories that should be added.

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Fallen US Bombardier’s Bracelet Tells Story Of Secret Missions to Norway in Last Days of WWII

5. July 2021

The slightly dented bracelet found at the back of a chest of drawers in a Norwegian attic bore testimony to an epic tale of daring secret missions behind Nazi lines to free Europe of Hitler’s Germany. Seventy-five years, its return to the family of its owner would be a saga all its own.  

Rype burying their fallen comrades at

Operation Rype, B-24 (“Cookie” 42-40549) Crash Site Memorial Pyramid

16. June 2021

Tidlig om morgenen 7. april 1945 krasjet et av flyene til Operasjon Rype på Plukkutjønnfjellet i Snåsa. Alle ombord omkom. Organisasjonen American War Memorials Overseas, Inc. har laget en informasjonsside for flyulykken og krasjstedet på Plukkutjønnfjellet.

Polansky Crew Carpetrbagger C-24 Operasjon Rype

Operation Rype, B-24 Liberator (42-50331) Crash Site Memorial

16. June 2021

Påskeaften den 30. mars 1945 styrtet et av flyene fra Operasjon Rype ved Kirkwall på Orknøyene. Organisasjonen American War Memorials Overseas, Inc. har laget en informasjonsside også for flyulykken og krasjstedet på Orknøyene.

Da NORSO invaderte Sverige.

When OSS NORSO invaded Sweden

5. June 2021

The five OSS NORSO Group members who accidentally “invaded” the Swedish village of Lien entered this house shortly after having been rather nicely arrested by a local police officer. I took this photo of Leif Oistad by the house back in 1999. Shortly after I took it we were invited inside the house, by the…

The unknown heroes from Operasjon Rype

2. June 2021

Easter evening 1945: Two southerners on a top secret mission die when their plane crashes in the Orkney Islands. The operation they were part of may have shortened World War II by several months. ARENDAL / FARSUND / KIRKWALL: – There are still remains here. It’s been a while since I’ve been here now… yes, look…

Voluntary work from the Homeguards youth department

18. May 2021

  Youths mountain march and voluntary work The youth department from Home guard in Trøndelag has contributed with a solid volunteer effort at OSS Gjefsjøen. In the summer of 2020, this year’s mountain march was added to Gjefsjøen and volunteer work on the project. The intention of HVU’s summer march 2020 was to develop skills, good…

Jørstad bru-sabotasjen

Time witness – a seven-year-old’s experiences from the Jørstad Bridge sabotage

2. May 2021

On 13 January 1945, the Norwegian sabotage group Woodlark carried out a sabotage operation against Jørstad bridge in Snåsa. Woodlark was British-led and included members of the Norwegian Independent Company No. 1 (Company Linge). Soldiers from Woodlark later joined the American-led Operation Rype. As a seven-year-old, Bjarne Aasum was a passenger on the first train…

Colby og Helgesen - Operasjon Rype

William Colby’s report from Operasjon Rype

8. April 2021

  “SAS operations in Norway: Skis and daggers” OSS Operation RYPE / NORSO During late 1944/early 1945 a sabotage mission to Norway was planned, with the name Operation RYPE (Norwegian for Grouse).  The main mission would be to destroy railroad lines in Norway making it impossible for the Germans to move their troops in Norway…

NRK- Armbåndet fra Operasjon Rype

NRK – The bracelet

6. April 2021

The chest of drawers in the great-granddad’s house hid a story of real courage and top-secret operations. That is until Jørn accidentally pulled out the top drawer of the dresser. Read the story about the bracelet form Operasjon Rype 

Tunbalderbrå - Pineapple mayweed

How the pineapple came to Gjefsjøen

30. March 2021

In his notes from Operasjon Rype William Colby tells a story about pineapple “Our base was 30 miles away, and we reached it skiing from tree to tree, stopping only for rest. Overhead, German spotters were looking for us, and I promised the men we would lie low, keep out of sight, and sleep. But…

Almost home

“Almost home” book by David W. Earl

8. March 2021

Almost Home: The Story of the B-24 Crash at Walliwall Orkney – 31 March 1945 Paperback – 25 Jun. 2011 by David W. Earl (Author, Contributor) ALMOST HOME By David W.Earl. This book is the result of over 14 years research and tells the story behind the worst aviation accident in Orkney history, that of…

Kampen om Nordlandsbanen

Book – Kampen om Nordlandsbanen (in Norwegian)

8. March 2021

Av Frode Lindgjerdet In September 1944, Finland and the Soviet Union made peace. The German troops in Finland were forced out and withdrew through Norway. This made Nordlandsbanen strategically important. The Allies feared that this was the start of a major withdrawal from Norway and that the 300,000 German soldiers in Norway would be deployed…


Operasjon rype

I de siste krigsmånedene i 1945 var Gjevsjøen en sentral plass i forbindelse med sabotasjeoperasjon Rype. Sabotørene hadde sin base på fjellgården. Operasjon Rypes mål var å sabotere jernbanen for å forsinke de tyske troppenes tilbaketrekning. Heimevernets nåværende innsatsstyrke “Rype” har tatt navn etter operasjonen.

Restoring of Operasjon Rype's headquarter

OSS Gjefsjøen

The building which was headquarter for Operation Rype was in bad shape after standing empty for years. OSS Gjefsjøen are now restoring the building. The association OSS Gjefsjøen will convey the story of Operasjon Rype which in the final phase of World War II operated from its base on Gjefsjøen mountain farm. The building will be restored in the original appearance from when Operasjon Rype was carried out.