Danish WW2 Pilots

Volmer Martin Mortensen

(1913 - 1991)

Volmer Martin Mortensen served as air gunner in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Volmer Martin Mortensen was born on 10 January 1913 in Tisvildeleje, Denmark, but lived most of his childhood in Copenhagen. He was the son of Valdemar Hans Peter Mortensen and Sofie Margrete Mortensen (nee Løvstrøm).[1]

Mortensen left Denmark before the war. In September 1936, he travelled to Mexico via Gothenburg and New York. Three years later, at the outbreak of war, he was employed by the Danish company Christiani & Nielsen in Venezuela as bookkeeper.[2] Hence, he was living in Venezuela as Denmark was invaded in April 1940.

He left Venezuela in August 1943 travelling via New York and arriving in Liverpool on 6 October 1943.[3] The passage was paid for by the British Government.[4] This seems to indicate that he had enlisted at a British Consulate before departure.

Mortensen enlisted in the Royal Air Force in London (Euston) shortly afterwards. He trained as Air Gunner and promoted to Flight Sergeant (2235302, RAFVR).[5] I have no information on his service apart from this.

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FS V. M. Mortensen’s uniform on display in the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum in Copenhagen. © Mikkel Plannthin

Mortensen returned to Denmark immediately after the war but, a few years later, he returned to Venezuela.[6]

Endnotes

[1] DNA: Parish record, Tibirke Sogn, 1916 Census, 1921 Census, 1925 Census

[2] Ancestry.com: Florida Passenger Lists, 1898-1951.

[3] Ancestry.com: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.

[4] Ancestry.com: UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.

[6] NA: AIR 27/78.

[7] DNA: Parish record, Virum Sogn.