Danish WW2 Pilots

Peter Stig-Nielsen

(1921 - 2011)

Peter Stig-Nielsen volunteers for the Royal Air Force and is trained as pilot in Canada towards the end of the war.

Peter "PER" Stig-Nielsen is born on 4 July 1921 in Surrey (Kingston), Kent. He is the son of Thorkild and Fanny Stig-Nielsen (nee Stephensen). [1]

He does his A-levels in May 1940 and is able to leave Denmark to go to United States to study. He arrives in New York from Genoa, Italy, on 10 June 1940 on-board the SS MANHATTEN accompanied by his sister Karin. They join their parents in New York. [2]

He graduates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 1944 as engineer [3].

Volunteers for the Royal Air Force

He volunteers for the Royal Air Force at the British Embassy in Boston on 23 May 1944 and is trained as pilot in Canada.

On 26 February 1945 he commences training at No. 23 Elementary Flying Training School, Saskatchewan. He ends elementary training on 19 March 1945 and it posted to No. 18 Service Flying Training School, Manitoba. He ends training on 22 August 1945 and is appointed Pilot Officer. As the war ends in the beginning of August 1945, Peter Stig-Nielsen never sees operational duty.

He is demobilised in March 1946.

After the war, he enlists in the Danish Naval Air Service. Later he is employed by Det danske Luftfartsselskab (Danish Airlines). [4]


  1. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2005
  2. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.
  3. Ancker, 2006, Danske Flyvere, 1992
  4. Ancker, 2006, Danske Flyvere, 1992