331 Squadron RNoAF serial A-CP MK997 04.08 1950
This fatal crash took place five years after the war ended. The 24 years old Finn Thorstensen lost is life when his Spitfire crashed into lake Samsjøen. During a low pass over the lake his right wing touched the surface and the plane plunged into the water. He went down with the plane. His body was located by divers of Draugen dykkerklubb 24.July 2011. On 3.September 2011 his remains were salvaged to be buried at Vestre gravlund in Oslo. The aircraft was raised from the lake 6th. August 2018 and brought to Notodden.
Fenrik Finn Thorstensen var elev ved Krigsskolen, men for tiden på utplassering (O.T.U) hos 331-skvadronen på Værnes.
Sannsynligvis sank flygeren sammen med de store tunge panserplatene bak ryggen, ned i det meget løse og dype mudderet. Cockpitdelen og andre deler fra flyet ble etter hvert berget og dratt på land, men Finn Thorstensen ble imidlertid aldri funnet.
kilde Hans Olav Løkken.