We shall not forget

Lt. William Henson Killed in Action

WILLIAM ALVIN HENSON, II, Class of 1944
June 8, 1923 – September 28, 1944


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William Alvin Henson II William Alvin Henson II

My grandmother, Raleigh Mae Farrar, communicated regularly with most of the families on the Next-of-Kin list she received from the War Department.  I believe she wrote to every single family, and she saved letters from all of the families except for the McMann family and the Henson family.  As a future post will discuss George McMann, I’ll concentrate on William Alvin Henson II, the navigator serving with the Buslee crew on the Lead Banana on September 28, 1944, in this one.

William Alvin Henson II was the original bombardier on the Gerald B. Sammons crew.

Left to right:  Gerald B. Sammons, William Alvin Henson, and unidentified England, Summer 1944.  Left to right: Gerald B. Sammons, William Alvin Henson, and unidentified

Henson’s first mission was mission 109 on May 19, 1944 to Berlin, Germany.  Henson flew his first four missions with the Sammons crew.  On their second mission, Group B, including the Sammons crew, did not locate the formation and…

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  1. Roger, thank you for sharing my post.

    September 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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