Danish WW2 Pilots

Preben Brandt Gustavsen

(1923 - 1943)

Preben Brandt Gustavsen is born on 10 July 1923 in Ringe. He is the son of gardiner Carl Gustavsen and Nikoline Brandt. [1] The family, parents and five children, emigrates to Canada in November 1923 arriving in Quebec from Copenhagen, Denmark, on-board the SS MONTROSE. [2] They settle in Red Head, New Brunswick. [3]

He is trained as navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force and is trained as Navigator (R.113728). He is trained at No. 2 Air Navigation School at Pennfield Parish. [4]

He serves overseas in No. 428 Squadron. On the night 29/30 March 1943 he is killed in action, while on operation for Bochum. At 19.34 Wellington Mk. III (BK564 NA-R) takes off from RAF Station Dalton. The aircraft crashes near Gelsenkirchen. Three of the five crewmen are killed in the crash. These are P/O Joseph Louis Raymond Ferrier Cartier (J.17165, RCAF), Gustavsen, F/O John Frederick Spencer (124650, RAFVR). Sgt. Harold Frank Rhodes (1380860, RAFVR) bales out, but dies from his injuries on 12 April 1943. Sgt. D King (RCAF) is taken PoW. [5]

The raid on this night for Bochum is a failure. Of 149 Weillingtons composing the main force 12 (or 8.0 per cent) is lost. The attack only causes minor damage to the city. [6]

Preben Brandt Gustavsen is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. He had not yet turned 20 at the time of his death. Therefore, he was still legally Danish citizen as well as Naturalised British Subject. [7]

  1. Parish record for Ringe Sogn
  2. Library and Archives Canada; Form 30A Ocean Arrivals (Individual Manifests), 1919-1924; Rolls: T-14939 - T-15248.
  3. Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
  4. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbpennfi/penn8b2No2ANS.htm (retrieved 4 Nov. 2012)
  5. Chorley, 1996
  6. Middlebrook and Everitt, 2011
  7. www.cwgc.org