| Per Hysing-Dahl |
(pilot, businessman, politician)
|Died||1989-04-07 (Age 68)|
|Alma mater||Bergen Cathedral School|
Per Hysing-Dahl was a Norwegian businessman, politician and resistance fighter. Hysing-Dahl was one of Norway's most highly decorated World War 2 veterans. As a parliamentary representative for the Conservative Party for four terms, he had a passionate interest in defense issues. In 1981–85, he was President of the Storting. He was also a skilled entrepreneur in several areas of business.
It is not mentioned anywhere, but given his biography, is is very possible he was a leader in the stay behind network.
Daring assignments during the war years shaped Hysing-Dahl as a human being and not least as a politician. He had barely finished high school at home in Bergen when, as a 20-year-old, he met the occupying forces and went underground as an opponent. He hurried across the North Sea to Britain and on to "Little Norway" in Canada to receive training as a war pilot.
For almost four years he flew in night special missions for the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) 161 Squadron or on bombing raids over Germany. But most of all, he supplied the European underground resistance movement, especially in France and Norway, with agents and materiel. He was one of the few in the R.A.F. who were picked out to land in occupied territory and bring with them French resistance fighters who were fleeing the Gestapo. On the actual D-Day of June 6, 1944, he was shot down across the English Channel, but miraculously managed to make an emergency landing and rescue two of the three agents he had with him.
When the war ended, Hysing-Dahl continued for a time as a captain in civil aviation. But he soon felt the need to do something completely different. Through his father-in-law's company in Stord, he saw interesting opportunities as a self-employed person. In all the years before politics became a full-time business, it was above all the fishing industry that occupied him. After operating the herring oil factory Clupea outside Bergen in 1950-60, he started large-scale trawling outside West Africa in the 1960s. As CEO of Akers Trading Co. In 1963–72, he entered into a partnership with the authorities in Ghana and had, among other things, several modern factory ships that received the catch. During these years he also started a number of other maritime companies which he himself led, at the same time as he monitored fishing in distant waters.
He also saw the need for an airline that could operate taxi flights around Western Norway. Thus he started 1964 A/S Westwing and was CEO there until 1972 (the airline would also have been handy in stay behind operations.)
The interests of fishing and business in the broadest sense also characterized Hysing-Dahl as a parliamentary representative in the years 1969–85. But it was as chairman of the Defense Committee 1973-81 that he was most passionate. It was hardly an exercise or a garrison he did not visit. He thrived in the field and was especially held and respected in all branches of defense. He mercilessly hit back against anyone who in various ways tried to "weaken the defense". 
Hysing-Dahl was deputy chairman of the Conservative Party 1972-74, but he was not a typical party politician. The party was just a tool. He did not like election campaigns and had little sense of the political game. He could be unusually stubborn and uncompromising in matters he was passionate about.
It was a defeat, he felt, not to become defense minister in the Willoch government in 1981. He attended the Bilderberg conference the same year, and may have been found not suited for the job. But he immediately found joy and inspiration in being president of the Storting, a position he held throughout his last parliamentary term. He could be authoritative and brusque, and many perceived him as unapproachable, until they discovered a warm humor and a genuine kindness behind the harsh exterior.
Per Hysing-Dahl received a large number of Norwegian and foreign decorations for his war efforts, including The War Cross with Sword, the St. Olavs Medal with Oak Branch, the British Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) and bar and the French Croix de guerre. He was appointed Commander of the Order of St. Olav in 1989 and was Commander of the French Legion of Honor.
Hysing-Dahl died in 1989 after a long battle with cancer.
Event Participated in
|Bilderberg/1981||15 May 1981||17 May 1981||Switzerland|
|The 29th Bilderberg|