Danish WW2 Pilots

Pvt. Else Agnethe Kondas (née Lundquist)

(1924 - 1981)

Pvt. Else Agnethe Kondas enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1944. She was one of twenty-nine Danish born WACs during the Second World War.

Else Agnethe Kondas (née Lundquist) was born on 12 June 1924 in Dragør, Denmark, to Gert Søren (George) Lundquist and Martha Andrea Lundquist (née Steffensen).[1]

The family emigrated to the United States in 1926, arriving in New York from Copenhagen on 5 March 1926 onboard SS Oscar II. The final destination for the family was Kondas’ uncle, her mother’s brother, in Newark, New Jersey.[2] In 1930, the family lived in Brooklyn, New York, but later they moved to Middlesex County, New Jersey.[3]

She married Stephen C. Kondas in Elkton, Maryland, on 19 July 1941.[4] The couple lived in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey. He worked for the Foster Wheeler Corporation,[5] until enlisting in the US Navy during the war.[6]

Kondas enlisted as a Private (A-222308) in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in Newark, New Jersey on 12 June 1944.[7] There are no details on her military service in the available records. She was discharged on 1 July 1946.[8]

Kondas divorced her husband in the early 1950s and, in 1958, she married Robert William Helm.[9] She died in Broward, Florida, on 29 January 1981.[10]


[1] DNA: Parish register, Dragør sogn.

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

[3] Ancestry: 1930 and 1940 United States Federal Census.

[4] Divorce Trial Slated, The Courier-News, 10 Aug 1955, p. 2.

[5] Ancestry: U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947.

[6] Ancestry: U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010.

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

[8] Ancestry: U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010.

[9] Ancestry: U.S., Newspapers.com Marriage Index, 1800s-1999.

[10] Ancestry: Florida Death Index, 1877-1998.