He was an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) member and part of Team Norso II (part of the OSS Norwegian Operation Group). His team was being transported by a B-24 (#42-50331 of the 856th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group) to a parachute site in Norway as part of Operation Rype.
Operation Rype was a mission to impede the redeployment of enemy forces from Norway to Germany. The OSS was a precursor to the CIA.
While enroute to the parachute drop, the plane was forced to turn around due to bad weather. Upon return to Scotland, the plane lost 2 engines and the pilot directed the crew and passengers to bail out. Only the Co-Pilot was able to do so and survived. The rest perished when the plan crashed just south of Kirkwall, Orkney near St. Ola. A memorial remembers the crew and operatives on ““Liberator” Drive in Kirkwall.
FROM FIND A GRAVE:the variations of name: Røyrvik; Röyrvik; Rørvik; Nørvik; Rörvik Johannes S. Rörvik was born 22 April 1909 in Kvinnherad, Hordaland County, Norway. His parents were Samson A. Rörvik and Karine Nerhus, both of Kvinnherad. Johannes emigrated to the United States in 1938.
Johannes was drafted into the US Army on 12 October 1942 and trained as a technician (engineer?). He was later reassigned and trained as a paratrooper. He became an OSS agent, and was on his way to Norway when he was killed in an accident.