Danish WW2 Pilots

ACW1 Else Johanne Cæcilie Berantzino

(1913 - n.a. )

Else J. C. Berantzino was working as a cook in Middlesex, when the war broke out. She was one of the Danish volunteers in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during the war.

Else Johanne Cæcilie Berantzino was born in Haslev on on 12 July 1913, the daughter of plummer Carl Adolf Siegfred and Ingeborg Kristine Alvilda Berantzino (née Madsen).[1]

Berantzino moved to the United Kingdom in April 1939.[2] In September 1939, at the outbreak of war, she worked as a cook for the Elmquists, a Danish couple living in Stanmore, Middlesex.[3]

Berantzino volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War (2137999).[4] The exact date is not known, but the service number indicate that it was later than August 1942.[5] She seems to have been attached to RAF Technical Training Command at RAF Brampton Grange at some point. There is no further information on the nature of her service at this point, but at the end of the war she held the rank of Aircraftwoman 1st Class.[6]


[1] DNA: Parish register, Haslev Sogn.

[2] Letter from the Municipality of Copenhagen on the last known address of E. Berantzino.

[3] Ancestry: 1939 England and Wales Register.

[4] NA: AIR 78/14.

[5] Berantzino’s service number is part of a block of numbers (from 2100000) allotted for WAAF enlistment in August 1942.

[6] Frihedsmuseets database over søfolk og soldater i allieret tjeneste, 1939-45, http://allieret.natmus.dk/person.aspx?84019 (accessed on 1 January 2021).