Erik Schmidt-Hansen is among the first Danes to volunteer for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. He is trained in Canada, but volunteers for convoy duty, and ends in the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen.
Wolfgang Rudolf Fabian was born in Germany, since his birth town of Aabenraa was German at the time. In 1921, the larger part of Schleswig became Danish again and Aabenraa was united with the rest of Denmark.
From early on the Danish volunteers in the RAF wanted to distinguish themselves as Danes in Allied service. One way of doing that was to wear a nationality shoulder title on the uniform.
During the Second World War, a large number of Danish pilots were in British or Norwegian air service. Though many were accepted in one of the Norwegian squadron, 234 (Madras Presidency) Squadron is by far the most 'Danish' of all squadrons of (or associated to) the Royal Air Force. In all nine Danish pilots and three Spitfires is in 234 service.