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Kenneth George William Henderson

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Kenneth George William Henderson

April 26, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

R/278314

Age:

19

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

58 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Andrew and Grace Henderson, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Commemorated on Page 523 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 282.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometers by road west of London.

The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:

IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE

In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of KENNETH GEORGE WILLIAM HENDERSON– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– caption on back of photo: back row from left - Bagnell, Henderson, Jim Larkin, Stubbs; front row from left - John Liddell, Les Holden, Jack Burkitt, Tom Robson
  • Runnymede Memorial– With permission from http://home.no.net/thsord/ Aircraft Crash Research in Southern Norway, by Thomas Sordalen

Halifax JP330 #58 Sqdn was on an anti-shipping, anti-submarine mission out of Stornoway on April 25, 1945. The bomber is believed to have been attacked by german fighters in the Skagerrak, and lost without a trace.
Details received from F/Lt. Holden's son, Paul Holden.
RCAF Crew were:
Bur. Churchyard at Mandal, Norway
F/L (P)  Ernest Leslie Holden age 22	
F/L (2ndP) John Alan Burkitt age 26
Commemorasted n Runnymede Memorial to the Missing:
F/L (N) Thomas Claude Robson age 26 
F/O (AG) James Meyrick Larkin age 30
F/O (AG) ohn Raymond Liddell	 age 20  
F/Sgt. (AG) Alan Francis Juby	 age 19  
F/Sgt. (BA) Kenneth George William Henderson age 19

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