We shall not forget


The Citadel Class of: 1946  
Cadet Company: not available
Age: 19
Born: 10-Dec-25
Hometown: Canton, Georgia
Family: James W. Hendon (father), Willie Claire Fincher Hendon (mother),
Helen Hendon (sister)
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Servicenumber: 34834337
Entered the Service from: Georgia
Function: Ball Turret Gunner
Squadron: 550th Bomber Squadron
Group: 385th Bomber Group, Heavy
Plane data: B-17G, 43-38273, MACR 16036
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Date of death: 1-Mar-45
Status: KIA
Place of death: over Oostend, Belgium
Spot: half mile NE of Slijpe
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Gravenumber: Plot D Row 1 Grave 9
Cemetery: Ardennes American Cemetery
Biography: Also attended North Georgia College at Dahlonega 1942-43 academic year under the ERC program.
Other information: Mid-air collision with B-17 #42-38503 which had been flying in the same
formation. Both planes crashed, one on top of the other. Only one man
survived from each crew.
– Source: MACR 16036

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, National Archives, Ancestry.com, The 1943 Cyclops, Find a Grave.com

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