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Aircraftman 2nd Class Robert HENDERSON (618765) of the Royal Air Force

Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Wellington I L4268

Death of Death 1939-09-04 Age : 25 years.

Served in 9 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 3. at Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom (Map)


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AIR81/4Flight Sergeant I E M Borley, Sergeant G Miller, Corporal G W Park, Aircraftman First Class H Dore and Aircraftman Second Class R Henderson: missing presumed dead; Wellington L4268 failed to return from a raid on Kiel Canal, 4 September 1939.C14141983

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 04 Sep 39 Aircraft: Wellington I L4268 Unit 9 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Germany
DetailsTook off 1605 from Honington. Shot down in the target area.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantIan Edward Maitland BORLEY (365199) Wellington I L4268  AIR81/4 1939-09-049 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Leading AircraftmanHarry DORE (531093) Wellington I L4268  AIR81/4 1939-09-049 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Aircraftman 2nd ClassRobert HENDERSON (618765) Wellington I L4268  AIR81/4 1939-09-049 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantGeorge MILLER (580160) Wellington I L4268  AIR81/4 1939-09-049 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
CorporalGeorge William PARK (524855) Wellington I L4268  AIR81/4 1939-09-049 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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