331 Squadron. Most of Norway's Merchant Navy avoided falling under German control and more than 1000 ships (a tonnage of more than 4 mill. tons) could sail for Great Britain and her Allies. Income for the Merchant Navy made it possible for the Norwegian Government to build up an Air Force abroad.
74th Merchant Navy Day Commemorated Today On September 3rd 1939, the first British merchant ship was sunk by enemy forces just hours after the war was declared. Every year since on that day, Britain and other commonwealth countries (including New Zealand) commemorate those who served in the Merchant Navy in the Second World War.