Danish WW2 Pilots

Antoine Marie Leon Winther

(1921 - 1941)

Antoine Marie Leon Winther is born on 27 August 1921 in Paris (XVIe). He is the son of Carl and Germaine Winther (née Waldmann). The father is Danish and the Danish consul in Paris during the war.

In 1940, Antoine Winther (30334) is student pilot at the Ecole de Pilotage n° 27 (No. 27 Pilot School). Not accepting the French defeat in June 1940, he and a number of fellow students manage to get to England.

They arrive in Liverpool on 29 June 1940 on-board the M/S ARANDORA-STAR, which was sent by the British government to evacuate Polish soldiers from France in June 1940.

He joins the Les Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres (FAFL) and continue training at RAF training facilities.

On 12 September 1941, he takes off in Hurricane I (V7251) on a night sortie from No. 59 Operational Training Unit at Crosby-on-Eden. The aircraft crashes at Low Wood Farm, Warwick Bridge, Cumberland, about 4.5 km from Crosby-on-Eden. Antoine Winther is killed. [1]


  1. Lafont, Aviateurs de la liberté (2002) via Laurent Rizotti, Dave W, Paul McMillan