Danish WW2 Pilots

Annelise Jørgensen

(1920 - 2010)

Annelise Jørgensen was one of the Danish women serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Very little information is available on her and her service.

In September 1943, the Danish-American newspaper Nordlyset reported that the young Danish woman Annelise Jørgensen in Canadian service was the guest of the president of the National America Denmark Association (NADA) Jean Hersholdt and his wife:

Danish Annelise Jørgensen, Royal Canadian Air Force girl, who wears the Danish shoulder insignia on her uniform recently visited Hollywood, where she was the guest of N.A.D.A. President Jean Hersholt and Mrs. Hersholt. A native of Sjælland, Miss Jørgensen was conducted on a studio tour by Hersholt’s actress daughter-in-law, Oa [Osa, red] Massen, who is active in Red Cross Work.[1]

A year before, another Danish-American newspaper, Den Danske Pioner had reported, that Annelise Jørgensen from Helsinge had graduated third in her class in the Royal Canadian Air Force. She had been in Canada for three years.[2]

Jørgensen travelled to England before the outbreak of the war and worked as a domestic servant. After the German occupation of Denmark, on 9 April 1940, she attempted to volunteer in England, but later told that the British were reluctant to enlist foreigners.

She travelled to Canada and succeeded in being accepted in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division.[3] The exact data is not known, but women was accepted for service in Canada from July 1941. She was trained as a wireless operator and served in Vancouver initially. Later, she was posted to RCAF Station Tolfino, BC.[4] This station was opened in 1943 and, equipped with a radar, was used to protect the Pacific coast from enemy attack. It was equipped with its own airfield and protected by a RCAF Squadron due to its very remote location.[5]

I believe that she is identical to Anne Lise Jørgensen, who was born on 22 May 1920 in Nejlinge in Helsinge Parish, the daughter of farmer Christian Herman Jørgensen and Elna Frida Jørgensen (née Clausen).[6] She was educated at the local school, Helsinge Skole. At present, I have no further information.

Endnotes

[1] ‘Danish Girl In Canadian Air Force’ in Nordlyset, 2 September 1943, p. 5.

[2] Den Danske Pioner, 3 September 1942.

[4] Danmarksposten, Oct.-Dec. 1945.

[5] RCAF Station Tofino, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCAF_Station_Tofino (accessed on 16 August 2021).

[6] DNA: Parish register, Helsinge Sogn.