Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom

Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War

Mikkel Plannthin

On 9 April 1940, Nazi Germany occupied Denmark. Not everyone accepted the surrender. Abroad, Danish Nationals mobilised to fight back, and more than 250 men and women volunteered for Allied air forces, serving all over the world as pilots or aircrew. This book offers the most comprehensive account of their story ever written.
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
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On 9 April 1940, German forces invaded Denmark. Within hours and without a real fight the government capitulated; cooperating with the Nazis in order to secure as much self-determination as possible. Not everybody accepted the surrender. Abroad, Danes mobilized to fight back. Men and women—whether they had escaped from Denmark, been involuntarily exiled by the occupation, or were emigrants—turned up at recruiting offices around the world, volunteering to fight for Denmark’s freedom. More than 250 volunteered for the Allied air forces. This book offers the most comprehensive account of the Danish contribution to the Allied air forces of the Second World War ever written. It covers Danish pilots in Britain, Germany, and Coastal Command; their involvement in the air wars of the Mediterranean and the Balkans; service in the Far East and Pacific; as well as Danes on the ground, often far from the frontline.

About The Author

Mikkel Plannthin was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1973. He has been researching Danes in the Royal Air Force and other Second World War Allied air forces for nearly fifteen years, and has a unique knowledge on this subject. He is the author of a number of aviation articles in Danish and the creator of, a website commemorating these men and women.

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