Danish WW2 Pilots

Arnold George Christensen

(1921 - 1944)

Despite the name Arnold George Christensen who is in service in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the Second World War seems to be from New Zealand, only possibly, of Danish descent.

Arnold George Christensen (NZ.413380) enlists in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in Hastings, New Zealand.

On 19 August 1942, he is the pilot of Mustang Ia (AL977) of No. 26 Squadron on a tactical reconnaissance mission in support of Operation Jubilee (the Dieppe Raid). He is shot down, captured by the Germans, and taken to the prisoner-of-war camp Dulag Luft 3.

He escapes from the camp, but is recaptured by the Germans and shot on 29 March 1944. He is buried at the Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland (collective grave No. 9, A).

He is Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) and further awarded 1939-45 Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; and New Zealand War Service Medal.

(Auckland Museum; Franks, 1998)