World War 2 (1939 - 1945)


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William Henderson

Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Squadron: 156
Rank: Pilot Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Service Number: 128966

William Henderson was born in 1911, son of William and Margaret Henderson of Dunruben, Glebe Lane, Newton Mearns and husband of Margaret Russell Henderson.

He was attached to 156 Squadron flying Wellington lll bombers out of RAF Alconbury near Cambridge. On the night of 27 June 1940, twelve aircraft were deployed on a bombing raid, the target being Bremen. Flight Z1619, captained by Sergeant Owen, flying his 19th mission, took off at 23:13 hrs. This was William Henderson's fourth sortie, the first being only six days previously. The aircraft crashed at Westrum Kreis Meppen killing all six crew members. They were buried initially at the Evangelical Freidhof, Quackenbruck, but are now buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery - Grave reference 17.C.19. He is also commemorated on the Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial. William was aged 31.

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