Danish WW2 Pilots

Ann Gimlinge

(1915 - 2003)

Ann Gimlinge was one of thirty-two Danish women to service in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War.

Mary Ann Gimlinge (née Smith) was born on 25 December 1915 in Banff, Scotland. She was the daughter of engineer Stephen Revell Smith and Mary Ann Smith (née Jess).[1] Gimlinge was born British, but married the Danish serviceman Kay Gimlinge on 14 August 1942, thus becoming a Danish national.[2]

Gimlinge volunteered for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, possibly in the spring of 1941 (447972).[3] The material suggest that she may have served as a nurse.[4] In 1943, she was wounded or injured while on active service, however, the circumstances are not known.[5]

Ann Gimlinge was awarded King Christian X Memorial Medal after the war.[6]


[1] Ancestry.co.uk: British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920.

[2] Marriage certificate, Kay Gimlinge and Mary Ann Smith.

[3] Aeroplane, 20 August 1943. Date of enlistment estimated on the basis of the service number. The 440001-450000 range was allotted to WAAF Gloucester in February 1941.

[4] Ancestry.co.uk: UK & Ireland, Nursing Registers, 1898-1968.

[5] ‘The Royal Air Force, The Roll of Honour’, Aeroplane, 20 August 1943.

[6] FM: 15B-26.