Thomas Sneum

Thomas Christian Sneum
Born (1917-05-21)May 21, 1917
Sønderho Fanø, Denmark
Died February 3, 2007(2007-02-03) (aged 89)
Roskilde, Denmark
Buried Sønderho Cemetery, Fanø[1]
Service/branch  Royal Danish Air Force
Free Norwegian Air Force
Years of service 1937-1945
Rank Flight lieutenant
Awards King's Medal for Courage

Thomas Christian Sneum was a Danish pilot born 21 May 1917 at Fanø, Denmark; died 3 February 2007 in Roskilde

He collected information about the German Freya radar that had been installed on his home island in Denmark.

At the night of 21–22 June 1941 he and pilot Kjeld Pedersen made a spectacular escape from Denmark to Great Britain in a D.H. Hornet Moth.[2] This would later inspire Ken Follett with his novel Hornet Flight.[3]

Sneum stated he had planned to assassinate Heinrich Himmler in February 1941 with a longbow from a room in Hotel d'Angleterre, the plan was however canceled when Himmler failed to appear publicly.[4][5]

Further reading

  • Ryan, Mark. The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum. New York: Skyhorse Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-1-61608-170-6. 


  1. "Thomas Christian Sneum". (in Danish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. Jones, R V (2009). Most Secret War. Penguin Books. pp. last 3 pages of Chapter 23. ISBN 978-0-141-04282-4.
  3. Nielsen, Carsten Egø. "Behind Enemy Lines". (in Danish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. Lauridsen, Søren (8 September 2008). "Dane Wanted to Murder Top Nazi". (in Danish). JP/Politikens Hus A/S. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. Blüdnikow, Bent (4 June 2009). "The Man Who Wanted to Shoot Himmler". (in Danish). Berlingske Media. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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