Danish WW2 Pilots

LACW Joan Ingeborg Bostrøm

(1923 - 1921)

LACW Joan Ingeborg Bostrøm was one the Danish women who volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War. She was also one of two siblings to volunteer for service in the Royal Air Force.

Joan Ingeborg Bostrøm (Bortrom) was born on 30 August 1923 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Robert Lars Christian Bostrom and Annie Eliza Bostrom.[1] He was the sister of Robert Christian Bostrøm, who served in the Royal Air Force.

Bostrøm worked as an apprentice nurse at Edinburgh Childrens Hospital before the the Second World War.

Bostrøm volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during war (2118814). The exact date is not known, but the service number indicate that it was late 1942, at least later than August 1942.[2] There is no further information on the nature of her service at this point. At the end of the war, she had been promoted to the rank of Leading Aircraftwoman.[3]


[1] Robert C. Bostrom, King County Journal (Bellevue, WA), July 18, 2005 (retrieved 22 November 2014).

[2] Bostrøm’s service number is part of a block of numbers (2100000 to 2199999) allotted for WAAF enlistment August 1942.

[3] Frihedsmuseets database over søfolk og soldater i allieret tjeneste, 1939-45, http://allieret.natmus.dk/person.aspx?84055 (accessed on 2 January 2021).