Thomas Sneum

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Thomas Christian Sneum
Born(1917-05-21)May 21, 1917
Sønderho Fanø, Denmark
Died February 3, 2007(2007-02-03) (aged 89)
Roskilde, Denmark
BuriedSønderho Cemetery, Fanø [1]
Service/branchFlag of Denmark (state).svg  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

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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]

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  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.