Tancred Ibsen

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Tancred Ibsen
Tancred Ibsen
Born (1893-07-11)11 July 1893
Gausdal, Norway
Died 4 December 1978(1978-12-04) (aged 85)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, officer, and pilot
Spouse(s) Lillebil Ibsen
Children Tancred Ibsen, Jr.
Parent(s) Sigurd Ibsen and Bergljot Bjørnson

Tancred Ibsen (11 July 1893 – 4 December 1978) was a Norwegian officer, pilot, film director and screenwriter. He was the son of Sigurd Ibsen, and the grandson of Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. He was married to dancer and actress Lillebil Ibsen.

Aviation career[edit]

In 1917, Tancred Ibsen started his career in the Army at the Norwegian Army Air Service and started the training for pilot at Kjeller Airport. Not content with his military career, he started the first civilian active airplane company, A/S Aero in 1920, financed by his uncle, businessman Einar Bjørnson, and two shipowners. The company successfully operated demonstration, advertising, and limited mail flights with Tancred Ibsen as the head pilot. The company also chartered airplanes to the Det Norske Luftfartrederi routes in southern Norway. Tancred Ibsen soon got tired of his career as a pilot, and the activity of A/S Aero ended, with the company becoming part of the aircraft factory in Tønsberg, A/S Norske Aeroplanfabrik. When that company later went broke, it turned out that A/S Aero was never formally registered as a limited company, but as a personal company of Tancred Ibsen. This turned out to be a potential personal disaster, since the debt of the factory was regarded as a personal debt. Ibsen managed, however, to get to a favourable settlement.

Second World War[edit]

Ibsen was arrested by the German occupiers of Norway during the Second World War, on 17 August 1943. He was imprisoned in Schildberg and then Luckenwalde until the camp was liberated.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Ottosen, Kristian, ed. (2004). Nordmenn i fangenskap 1940–1945 (in Norwegian) (2nd ed.). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 336. ISBN 82-15-00288-9. 
  2. ^ "Ibsen, Tancred". Store Norske Leksikon 7. Kunnskapsforlaget. 2005. p. 363. 
  3. ^ "Forbudt film frigjøres for offentligheten: To mistenkelige personer". Norwegian Film Institute. 29 January 2007. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007. 

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