Danish WW2 Pilots

Sgt Ulla Karen Kirstine Siggaard Jensen

(1907 - 1962)

Sgt Ulla S. Jensen enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1944. She was attached to the Air Air Force and was one of twenty-nine Danish born WACs during the Second World War.

Ulla Karen Kirstine Siggaard Jensen was born on 29 December 1907 in Brøndby Øster, Denmark.[1] Her parents were—Christian Vilhelm Siggaard Jensen and Clara Marie Siggaard Jensen (née Jespersen)—married in Copenhagen on 17 April 1912.[2]

Her father worked as engineer in the Danish State Railways.[3] In June 1917, her father moved to Sweden to work as engineer for a Swedish company, and Jensen and her mother followed in August 1918.[4]

They returned to Denmark from Sweden at some point.

Jensen emigrated to the United States in 1929. Her father had arrived in March 1927 and, two years later, Jensen and her mother followed, arriving in New York from Copenhagen onboard the SS Drottningholm on 20 February 1929.[5] The family settled in Queens, New York. The father worked as a railroad engineer.[6] Jensen was naturalised as citizen of the United States on 11 December 1934.[7]

Jensen enlisted as a Private (A-207296) in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) New York City on 8 January 1944.[8] She is known to have served in 2621st AAF Base Unit at Barksdale Field in northwest Louisiana.[9] This unit replaced 331st Army Air Force (AAF) Base Unit as the OTU on 1 December 1945, which again had replaced 335st Army Air Force (AAF) Base Unit on 1 May 1944.[10] Jensen may have served at these units, but it is not verified. She was discharged on 1 July 1946. She was promoted to Sergeant before discharge.[11]


[1] DNA: Parish register, Brøndbyøster sogn.

[2] DNA: Parish register, Sankt Jakobs sogn.

[3] DNA: 1916 Census of Denmark.

[4] Stockholm Municipal Archive: SE/SSA/0024/01/E III a/10_1159, 1161 and 1163.

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

[6] Ancestry: 1950 United States Federal Census.

[7] Ancestry: New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1943.

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

[9] Ancestry: U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963.

[10] Barksdale Air Force Base, Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barksdale_Air_Force_Base (8 August 2022).

[11] Ancestry: U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963.