Danish WW2 Pilots

Henner Friser Frederiksen

(1913 - 1992)

Henner Friser Frederiksen is one of the Danish pilots in the little known Malayan Volunteer Air Force fighting the Japanese supremacy in South-East Asia in 1941-1942.

Henner Friser Frederiksen is born on 21 April 1913 in Gentofte. He is the son of lecturer Holger Frederiksen and Ingeborg Jensine Frederiksen (née Berthelsen).

The East Asiatic Company Ltd.

In 1929 he finishes school and joins the Danish East Asiatic Company Ltd. In 1936-37 he is stationed in Bangkok, in 1937-38 in Singapore and in 1939-42 he is managing director of the office in Kuala Lumpur.

As the war becomes evident, Henner Friser Frederiksen trained as pilot and in mid-1941 he receives his pilot wings at Royal Air Force in Singapore.

Malayan Volunteer Air Force

He is mobilised as part of the Malayan Volunteer Air Force (MVAF) in December 1941. As the Japanese forces advances the unit operates from different air stations.

Shores et al (2000) places Henner Friser Frederiksen as sergeant and part of No 2 Detachment Flight, formed in December 1941 and based at Pakan Baroe under F/L J H Nixon (the source indicate H.G. in stead of H.F., but it is quite certainly the same person).

In the end he escapes to Columbo, Ceylon, where he suffers from dysentery and malaria. Following stays in Karachi and Bombay, India, he gets to Durban, South Africa in June 1942.

To Argentina

The MVAF is disbanded and Henner Friser Frederiksen travels to Buenes Aires to be in charge of the East Asiatic Company office here. He stays in the company for many years.

(Friser Frederiksen, 1945, Shores, 2000, Garish record Gentofte Sogn)