Denmark

 

denmark

The attack on Denmark by German forces, was timed to coincide with the attack on Norway.

On 9th April 1940, the Danes were taken totally by surprise, so much so, that only one fighter of the Danish Air Force managed to get off the ground, and that was immediately shot down.

By lunchtime that same day, following a short battle around Copenhagen, King Christian had ordered all resistance to stop.

However, although there was never a formal alliance between Denmark and the allied nations, a number of young Danes made their way to neutral Sweden, and from there to Britain, with the intention of carrying on the fight in any capacity they could.

Within a short time, a National Committee of Free Danes and a Danish Bureau had been set up to look after the interests of the exiled Danes, and through their efforts a small number were sent for training with the Norwegians.

As vacancies arose, these Danes were absorbed into the Norwegian squadrons of the Royal Air Force, although this number was only ever in the region of twenty or so.

In addition, the Danes raised the funding for three Spitfires for the RAF, although unfortunately, all three were subsequently destroyed in action. They also contributed to the ‘Little Norway’ training camp by providing two of the Fairchild PT-26 training aircraft used there