Christensen, Poul B.
(1916 - n.a.)
Poul B. Christensen is one of the Danish pilots who volunteer for the Winter War in Finland in 1939-40.
Poul B. Christensen is born on 2 May 1916. He joins the Army before the Second World War. He is trained as pilot and gets his wings in 1938 (pilot's certificate 231/38). He is appointed Sekondløjtnant (2nd Lieutenant) on 9 October 1936. 
Volunteers for the Finnish Air Force
When Finland enters the Winter War in November 1939, he volunteers for the Finnish Air Force.
He was attached to T-LentoR 2 (Supplement Flying Regiment 2) and later to 1./LLv.26 (Flying Squadron 26). On 19 February 1940, he shares a victory, a Polikarpov I-153, with a Finnish pilot. On 29 February 1940, he has a probable victory; a Polikarkov I-16 at Vuoksenniska. Later that same day, he takes part in the largest aerial battle of the war. His Gloster Gladiator ('GL-261') is hit and breaks into fire over the town of Ruodalahti. Poul B. Christensen bails out but is badly burned. 
He is awarded The Cross of Liberty, 4th class, and the Winter War Commemorative Medal. 
- Clauson-Kaas, 1943, HfH, 1943
- Ritaranta, 1979
- HfH, 1943
Created on 17 Aug 06, 6:31 - last edited on 27 Jul 10, 9:31