Stolen World War II rescue fishing boat to be returned

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A 23-foot fishing boat stolen for a dramatic escape during World War II is to be returned to Norway from Scotland.
Four Norwegians desperate to escape the Nazi occupation took the boat and crossed the North Sea to the Aberdeenshire coast in 1941.

The boat was renamed Thistle and then worked out of Stonehaven, before being donated to Johnshaven Heritage Society.

Discovering my father's boat after 70 years was one of the most moving moments in my life,” John Berthelsen, son of escapee Carl Berthelsen

Preparations are under way to send the boat home.

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