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

Lost in aircraft Wellington I L4268  AIR81/4

Death of Death 1939-09-04 .

Served in 9 Sqdn

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


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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
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
AIR81/1012Sergeant G C Sumner, Leading Aircraftman J L Williamson, Sergeant G H Goldsmith and Pilot Officer S R Henderson: missing presumed dead; Hudson N7368 failed to return from an operational flight over the North Sea, 4 July 1940.C14502851
AIR81/7949Sergeant H C Brooks, Lieutenant L Hendricks (United States Army Air Corps), Sergeant R S Pugh, Sergeant R Smith, Sergeant R Henderson, Sergeant R C Muir, Flight Sergeant R G Bradley; killed; aircraft accident near Stoke Albany, Flying Fortress AN834, 90 Squadron, 28 July 1941.C16757246
AIR81/8423Pilot Officer J C Lynn, Pilot Officer M I A Mendoza: killed; Pilot Officer R R Henderson (RCAF), Sergeant W J R Culpan (RNZAF), Sergeant K K Sterrett, Sergeant C G Jones: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed at Haelen, Holland, Wellington X9704, 149 Squadron, 18 August 1941.C16924265

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 04 Sep 39 Aircraft Name Wellington I Serial Number L4268
Unit 9 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Wellington I L4268

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/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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420823 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 23-8-1942I forgot this link in the earlier message, You could check with them to get a copy of his death registratioin / death cert and see what cause of death for henderson was, might, MIGHT say due to injuries from crash or something useful. ....Read More.dennis_burke on 12th March 2010 11:25:48
Which Squadrons did these Hawaden Staff fly with?Hi Can anyone fill in any Squadron detail for these pilots please. They were all at Hawarden instructing in Nov 1943. F/O SC CHAPMAN (No details) F/Lt Cyril Herbert Terry SHORT (81361 ) F/Lt Robert Henderson IRELAND (Army 124352) (RAF 47491??) F/LT Roland Harold DIBNER DFC (42675) ??1 Squadron , 91 Squadron, 242 Squadron ?? F/O Vasco Ortigao GILBERT (136832) Went on to 168 Killed 26/12/44 F/Lt Albert Makin POLLITT (45604) 16 Sqdn , 140 Sqdn?? F/Lt Gerald King SCOTT DFC (41745).4 Sqdn in France. 16 Sqdu then ?? in North Africa. Cheers Motherbird ....Read More.motherbird on 27th March 2010 10:26:42
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RCAF airmen first and middle names.Harold Arthur HENDERSON (R/105876) (J/10616) ....Read More.PennfieldParish on 18th March 2013 07:07:06
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Test pilots RAF HelensburghHello, Re: your MAEE Test Pilot, Bastable: 159501 Brian Bastable DFC. [url][/url] For more on Bastable, and No.210 Squadron, see: Search, Find and Kill: The RAF's U-Boat Successes in World War Two. Franks,Norman. London:Grub Street,1995. p.51 NB. The 3rd WOP/AG, W/O R Henderson, mentioned in the crew list, is actually - AUS409700 W/O (later F/O) Raymond John HENDERSON RAAF (later DFC.imm.). Col ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 5th December 2015 05:43:44
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Trying to find info about my GrandadThe best thing to do would be to order his service file from the RAF if you have not done so already, the Veterans agency website gives directions on how to do so. If you google search for Henderson 137871 we discussed him before very briefly on the forum [url][/url] If also will bring you to two results in the London Gazette which direct you to the fact that he was in the RAF Regiment and thus not a flying member of the force. he was an anti aircraft soldier as it turns out. The four digit Squadron number mentioned in the above link tell you this also, [url][/url] this is his record of commission as an officer [url][/url] If your in or near Kew you can view the Squadron records in teh National Archives: [url][/url] ....Read More.dennis_burke on 23rd March 2016 05:44:30
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