Danish WW2 Pilots

Bernt Rudolf Fogelstrøm Bengtsson

(1903 - 1948)

Pfc Hans Nielsen was one of the more than 30,000 Danish-Americans who were mobilized during the Second World War.

Bernt Rudolf Fogelstrøm Bengtsson was born in Brede on 19 May 1903. He was the son of labourer Oluf Bengtsson and Charlotte Christine Bengtsson (née Andersen).[1]

Bengtsson was engaged as a coaltrimmer on-board the SS United States in 1922. He made several trips from Denmark to the United States in 1922-1923. In June 1923 he decided to desert the ship and settle in the United States.[2]

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 5 September 1942 in Fort Jay Governors Island, New York (32496197).[3] He served in 571th Signal Company, Aircraft 1st Battalion.[4] Bengtsson was naturalised on 16 December 1943[5] and discharged from the army on 13 October 1944. He died in 1948.[6]

Endnotes

[1] DNA: Parish register, Kongens Lyngby Sogn.

[2] Ancestry: New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957.

[3] Ancestry: U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946.

[4] Ancestry: U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962.

[5] Ancestry: New York, Index to Petitions for Naturalization filed in New York City, 1792-1989.

[6] Ancestry: U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962.