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    Default Sergeant Henrien (Belgian) of 609 Squadron

    Hello,

    I've a combat report from 609 Squadron on 16 October 1943, which includes a Belgian Sergeant Henrien.
    However, I cant find him among André Bar's list of Belgians in the RAF nor in any other place.
    Is there anyone who can verify the name and possibly have a first name on him?

    Best wishes/Håkan
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    Default correct spelling is Henrion (with a O)

    Hello

    He was Léon L. Henrion. His nickname was "Mon Oncle" (my uncle). He served with No. 609 (WR) Squadron from 11th May 1943 to 29th January 1944.

    He shot down a Bf-109 on 16th October 1943, but on 29th January 1944 he was shot down over Walcheren, flying Typhoon JP662. His body was never found.

    Joss

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    Hello Joss,

    Thanks for your quick reply.
    Henrion's claim for a Bf 109 must have been made on an earlier mission on 16 October since on the mission which I have the combat report taking place between 15:47-17:31 he only claimed hits on a Gas Holder near Vernon of the Seine.

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    Hello,

    Will check tonight for further details. I have large parts of the Squadron O.R.B., for one of my research subject was posted in in mid-october 1943 (F/O M.H. SHELTON, KIA 29 February 1944).

    Could you send me by e-mail (the address is in my profile) the said combat report ?

    Joss

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    Hello,

    His middle name was Louis, as shown by the CWGC entry about him :

    Name: HENRION, LEON LOUIS
    Initials: L L
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 609 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 29/01/1944
    Service No: 161465
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 211.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

    His claim for a Bf-109 was on 4th October 1943. He was flying with F/L J.R. BALDWIN, who also claimed one destroyed, in the area of Juvincourt-Laon. There are two possibilities, Bf-109G-6 20640 of 7./JG 2 which crashed near Creil, Uffz Baudisch killed, or Bf-109G-6 27065 of same staffel, which force-landed near Compiègne, Uffz Sonntag wounded.

    It was a very successful day for 609, and Sgt Henrion also claimed a He-111 damaged on the ground, at Sissonne airfield, plus a barge category III and an oil or gas container fired.

    Henrion was flying Typhoon JP662. The pair had taken off from Lympne at 1105 and landed back at 1310.

    P/O Demoulin also claimed a Bf-110 destroyed that day. The Squadron score was then at 199 and a sweepstake had been organised for the 200th, which was eventually won by L.W.F. "Pinkie" Starck.

    On 16th October 1943, Henrion claimed another gas holder damaged. This was the "von Rundstedt mission". The Squadron was detailed to attack the train transporting Feldmarshal Von Runsdedt, according to military intelligence. But on the way to the target, the Squadron found Luftwaffe machines and attacked them, shooting down two Ju-88s and a Me-410, and thus not attacking the train. The mission lasted from 1545 to 1730 and Henrion was flying Typhoon JP851.

    Hope this helps

    Joss

    PS : I'd appreciate a copy of the combat report please, for my records.
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    Hi Håkan,
    Sgt. Hanrion (Typhoon JP909) shared another kill (Dornier Do 217) with Flg.Off. A.S. Ross on 4th December 1943, Eindhoven.

    You can read about the kill from 4th October 1943:
    http://books.google.cz/books
    Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2, Chris Thomas, page 77
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    hello

    The 4th December mission was Ramrod 348, a long range sweep. Henrion was flying Typhoon JP909, from 1400 to 1555. He shared a Do-217 with Artie Ross, who claimed another on his own, and another one shared with the C.O. S/L Thornton-Brown.

    Joss

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    Hello everybody,

    Thanks for the additional info on Henrion.

    Best wishes/Håkan
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    Hi,

    Leon Henrion was my great uncle, we have his 2 flying books at my parents home as well as a few pictures of the squadron, visit of vice prime minister etc.
    Would you have pictures/reports/... even in digital format?
    Thanks in Advance
    PH

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    Hello PH

    I have to check if I have pictures of Léon. I must have some, like group pictures, but I don't own them, they belong to the collection of No. 609 (WR) Squadron. Many were used in the book "609 at war".

    You can contact me off board
    JossLeclercq AT orange.fr (replace by the obvious)

    Joss

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