Otto Grieg Tidemand

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Otto Grieg Tidemand (left) and Robert McNamara at the Pentagon, 1966

Otto Grieg Tidemand (18 June 1921 – 10 June 2006) born in Oslo was a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party.

Military Service[edit]

During the Second World War he served as a fighter pilot with the Royal Norwegian Air Force from 1942 to 1946, after training at a flying school in Canada.[1] He was posted to No. 332 Squadron RAF (known as the Norwegian Squadron). While a Sergeant pilot under training in England on 8 June 1943 he crash landed his training plane near Ellesmere but survived unhurt. He flew Spitfires on offensive sweeps in north-west Europe and was credited with destroying one German Focke-Wulf Fw 190 and sharing in the downing of a Messerschmitt 410.[2]

Government Posts[edit]

From 1965 to 5 June 1970 he served as the Minister of Defence during the centre-right cabinet of Per Borten. On this date he was appointed Minister of Trade and Shipping, a position he held until the Borten cabinet fell in 1971.[1]

Business Posts[edit]

He held numerous board memberships in Norwegian corporations, notably serving as chairman of the board of Saga Petroleum (1972-1976), Atlas Copco Norway (1978-1997), Vesta Hygea (1984-1986), Fina Norway (1981-1996) and Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani (1982-1987).[1] He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[3]


Sports Interests[edit]

Tidemand was president of the Norwegian Golf Federation from 1962 to 1965.[1]


He died in Oslo in June 2006, eight days before his 85th birthday.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tidemand, Otto Grieg". Stortinget. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Thorne, Thomas (2013). Pancakes & Prangs: Twentieth-Century Military Aircraft Accidents in Shropshire. Bridge Books. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-84494-087-5. 
  3. ^ "Former Steering Committee Members". Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
Preceded by
Gudmund Harlem
Minister of Defence (Norway)
Succeeded by
Gunnar Hellesen
Preceded by
Kåre Willoch
Minister of Trade and Shipping (Norway)
Succeeded by
Per Andreas Kleppe