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    Hi Forumites
    I have been in contact with a Danish lady who has a visitors book signed by some RAF aircrew who landed in Denmark (Copenhagen/Kastrup) just after that country was liberated in 1945. Below is the translation from the Danish, written by her father:
    "Since last night at 8:45 we have celebrated the capitulation of the Germans; today at at approx 4 o'clock I spotted the first English aircraft and got on my bike (drove to the airport) at once and by coincidence I got into the first aircraft which landed on Danish soil.
    I invited the crew (4 guys) to visit me at my apartment but had no hope that they would come but they came and we had a happy evening, which we will never forget. They wrote as the first in our Visitors Book"
    The four names were:
    F/L G WHITLAM
    F/L SMALLWOOD
    F/O J E NICHOLAS
    P/O D SMITH
    Can anybody by chance pin down any possible Unit/Squadron to these names
    Tia
    Andy Wis
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    Cant help with the ID of these air crew but if it was an aircraft crewed by four men then you can eliminate a fair number of aircraft types.........

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    My late father was there with 125 Wing and I know that several Dakota squadrons were there first, from 5 May - this is probably the crew of one of them - unfortunately the photos that I have do not show either a serial, nor a squadron code. However, several of them have a light band painted across the top of the rudder bar (b/w pics so no colour), and one appears to show a naked lady on the left hand side of the nose, if that is any help to others?

    My photo source was Mikkel Plannthin, so he might have further details.

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    Last edited by allan125; 12th July 2014 at 16:55.
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    I returned from a visit to Kew last Thursday. One of the topic researched was the arrival of Dakotas on 5th May 1945 to B.160 Copenhagen. It is rather difficult to determine the precise identity of the 12 arriving Dakotas as it seems to have been a composite force of aircrafts from different squadrons of 111 Wing. I have identified 9 of 12. It is not the first crew to touch ground according to the documents, I have found. But it may be a hint to a fourth squadron involved.

    No doubt it is a Dakoto. Whitlam could be George WHITLAM (44559).

    Mikkel
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    Hello Mikkel

    Thanks for confirming my first thought of a Dakota crew - however, I have a copy of the log book entry for Bill Harper of 421 (Red Indian) Squadron RCAF, part of 127 RCAF Wing, who states that he escorted 14 Daks to Kastrup in a mission lasting 2.25 hours on 5 May, and on 7 May he escorted 24 Halifaxes and Sterlings to Kastrup in a mission lasting 3 hours. I have sent you a copy in an e-mail, so this crew could be in one of the additional two to those you have already found.

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    Allan
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    The crew in question is a 437 Sqn crew. F/L Smallwood piloted the a/c into Copenhagen. 437 Sqn claims it to be the first allied aircraft into Copenhagen. There are several candidates for the honour.

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    Hello Mikkel and Allan
    Thank-you both very much for your input - the family are very interested to find out more about "the visitors" to their house. They gave me photocopies of the details of each crewmember, ie their address, plus an account of the visit as written up by their father, along with a photo of the crew. Would either of you be interested in a copy/scan??
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    Andy

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    Hi Andy
    Very interested indeed. E-mail to plannthin AT outlook DOT com.

    Mikkel
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    Hi Andy

    Yes please - e-mail to allan (dot) hillman (at) btinternet (dot) com - all lower case please

    Allan
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