FS Hans Asmussen Green (R.149218) was killed in action on 23 September 1943, when his Lancaster was shot down by a German night fighter. Green was born in Denmark, but emigrated to Canada in 1930, where he was naturalised in 1935. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in December 1941.
In October 1939, Helvard—then a Danish navy pilot—was decorated for the rescue of four members of the Kriegsmarine. In 1942, he escaped Denmark to volunteer for the Royal Air Force. He was killed in June 1943, when his Stirling was shot down by a German night fighter on a mission for Krefeld.
During the Second World War an ambulance was donated to the Royal New Zealand Air Force by the Danish Association in New Zealand. A number of photographs in the collection of the Royal Danish Library document the event at which some of the Danish volunteers were present.
Norway was liberated on 8 May 1945 on VE-day. More than fifty Danes serving in the Royal Norwegian Air Force celebrated and participated in the liberation of their second, wartime homeland.