Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft

Two gravestones, side by side, each with an RCAF badge engraved near the top.
Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft’s grave marker (left) at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery in Holland. Pilot Officer Robert Herger, the pilot of the Stirling aircraft on which Flying Officer Antoft flew, is buried next to him. PHOTO: Courtesy Major (retired) William March

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Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft’s path took him from Denmark to Nova Scotia to the skies over Arnhem, Holland, and the desperate struggle to secure “a bridge too far”.

Otto Antoft, born in Denmark on February, 11, 1919, was one of three sons—his brothers were Finn and Kell—of Otto Hugo and Asta Sigrid. Otto and Kell both served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War.

His parents immigrated to Canada when he was 11 years old, settling first in Winnipeg then moving to Lakeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia, in 1933. Read the rest of the article . . .

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