Ove C. Terp is trained as pilot in the Danish army before the war. He joins Luftwaffe in 1941, survives the war, works for USAF before joining the Bundesluftwaffe as German citizen in the 1950’s.
M/Sgt John E. Bierlich was one of the more than 30,000 Danish-Americans who were mobilized during the Second World War. He served in the Eighth Air Force in Europe.
From early on the Danish volunteers in the RAF wanted to distinguish themselves as Danes in Allied service. One way of doing that was to wear a nationality shoulder title on the uniform.
Six Danish airmen were on operation in the skies over Normandy on 6 June 1944. Two were involved in bombing the coastal batteries, three provided fighter cover over the Channel and the beaches, and the last carried out an improvised reconnaissance mission.