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LT  Floyd E. HENDERSON

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: CP/P

2nd Lt Floyd E.Henderson, CP on Lt Stevenson Crew. KIA 12/31/1944

SERIAL #: O-768094 STATUS: KIA
MACR: 11366 CR: 11366

Comments1: 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (MID AIR WITH 43-38124)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW 
(crew #133)

2ND LT ROBERT L. STEVENSON         P  CPT 9 FEB 45  BOHLEN WEIMAR, ARM WORKS (S.T.)
2ND LT FLOYD E. HENDERSON         CP KIA 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2ND LT WILLIAM C. LEFFINGWELL   NAV CPT 28 DEC 44 KOBLENZ,LUXEMBOURG, LUNEBACH
2ND LT STANLEY W. YATES          BOM CPT 7 JAN 45 COLOGNE
T/SGT ALAN B. CRAIG                   ROG CPT 30 DEC 44 KASSEL
T/SGT HENRY G. "HANK" GREEN     TTE CPT 30 DEC 44 KASSEL
S/SGT ISAAC N. HULME                  BTG CPT 30 DEC 44 KASSEL
S/SGT` HERMAN G. FRAHS              WG CPT 30 DEC 44 KASSEL
S/SGT EDWARD M. AUGUSTINE       WG CPT 30 DEC 44 KASSEL (moved to TG when Crew reduced to nine men)
S/SGT JOHN B. HUNNICUTT             TG XFR  TRANSFERRED TO B-26's AND KIA. TAPS: 1945

351ST SQDN.. CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 17 JUL 1944..  
For full history on this crew, look in Airman file for letter from Stanley Yates to Paul West after 1995 Fort Worth reunion…mpf

Lived in "Stye 9" Hut with Lt Wallace Wilson and Lt Streich Crew

Letter from Stanley W. Yates to Paul West following the 1995 100th reunion in Fort Worth, TX - dated Oct 22, 1995

Dear Paul;
 ….Some crew history.  Crew was formed in early 1944 at Rapid City, south Dakota and completed B-17 phase training in June of 1944. From Rapid City we picked up a new B-17G in Kearney, Nebraska … departed the States July 4th, 1944 via Gander, Newfoundland and Prestwick, Scotland July 9th, 1944. We joined the 100th Bomb Group July 17th, 1944 and flew our first combat mission July  28th, 1944 to Merseburg, Germany.
 On our 14th mission to Nurnberg, Germany we encountered flak and Stevenson (Robert L. Stevenson – the pilot) was hit in the left thigh. While Stevenson was in the hospital the crew flew with other 1st pilots and on other crews. I am unsure what date or mission Stevenson was returned to flying duty, but I think it was the Nov. 2nd mission to Merseburg.
 The crew flew together the Dec 30th mission to Kassel. All the crew with the exception of Stevenson had 30 or more missions and the crew was disbanded. Stevenson, with 25 missions was assigned a new crew. Henderson (Floyd E. Henderson – the crew’s original co-pilot) was assigned as 1st Pilot of the Carl Hedin crew. (Shot down Dec 31st at Hamburg.) See notes at end from 100th database.
 Leffingwell had finished with the Kassel mission, I had 33 missions and finished with Duke Quin’s crew on Jan. 7th, 1945. The Enlisted me were sent home. Stevenson finished his tour Feb.9th, 1945….

Best Wishes
Stanely (Bill) Yates.


Following crew members located by Stanley W. Yates as of 1995
Crew #133
Robert L. Stevenson  Retired USAF   Taps 1991 0r 1992
Floyd E. Henderson  KIA  Dec. 31st, 1944  Hamburg, Germany
William E. Leffingwell  Remained in Air Force – whereabouts unknown
Stanley W. Yates   Little Rock, Arkansas
Allen B. Graig   Doraville, Georgia Taps 1994
Henry Green   Rt. 2 Box 6, Minatose, Nebraska
Isaac N. Hulme   108 Walnut St., Hendersville, Tennessee  37075
Herman G. Frahs   99 Lewis St., Geneva, New York
Edward M. Augstine  Whereabouts unknown
John B. Hunnicutt  Transferred to B-26’s and KIA

Missions of Stanley W. Yates

N0# DATE TARGET                  A/C BOMB LOAD
1 7-28-44 Merseburg, Ger          Our Gal Sal 12-500# - Oil Refinery
2 8-2-44 LaFere, Fr.                  # 579 6-1000# - Bridges
3 8-4-44 Hamburg, Ger.             Boeing Belle 20-250# GP - Fighter Factory
4 8-8-44 St. Sylvain, Fr.              Boeing Belle 12-500, 2-1000# - Battle Lines
5 8-11-44 Villacoublay, Fr            The Latest Rumor 38-100# GP’s - Airdrome
6 8-14-44 Ludwigshaven, Ger      The Latest Rumor 25-500# GP - Chemical Plant
7 8-15-44 Venlo, Holland            Boeing Belle 38-100# GP’s - Airdrome
8 8-25-44 Politz, Ger.                 Boeing Belle 10-500# GP’s - Oil Refinery
9 8-27-44 Berlin, Ger.                 # 521 10-500# GP’s - City
10 8-30-44 Bremen, Ger.            All American Girl 6-1000# GP’s - Tank Works
11 9-3-44 Brest, Fr. (Crozon)       Fever Beaver 12-500# GP’s - Harbor
12 9-5-44 Stuttgart, Ger.           Boeing Belle 10-500# INC - Tank Works
13 9-9-44 Dusseldorf, Ger           # 808 10-500# GP’s - Industrial Plant
14 9-10-44 Nurnburg, Ger.         Boeing Belle Stevenson hit by flak - Tank Works
15 9-12-44 Magdeburg, Ger.       Quittin Time 10-500# GP’s - Oil Refinery
16 9-13-44 Sindelfingen, Ger.      The Latest Rumor Daimler-Benz Plant
17 9-18-44 Warsaw. Pol.             UKN (Aborted over Baltic - Lost #3 Engine)  Lt Warren McCoy is pilot 
18 10-15-44   Cologne, Ger          Fools Rush In 16-250# INC - Industrial Plant
19 10-17-44   Cologne, Ger.         Fools Rush In 34-100# GP & 2-500# INC
20 10-19-44   Ludwigshaven        Skyway Chariot 14-350# GP & 2-500# INC
21 10-23-44   Munster, Ger.         Fools Rush In 14-250# GP & 3-500# INC
22 10-30-44   Heligoland , Ger      UKN Rail Yards
23 11-2-44    Merseburg, Ger.       Skyway Chariot 20-500# GP’s - Oil Refinery
24 11-5-44    Ludwigshaven         Fools Rush In 6-1000# GP’s - Oil Refinery
25 11-6-44    Neumunster, Ger     Fools Rush In 20-250# GP’s - Rail Yards
26 11-29-44   Hamm, Ger.           Humpty Dumpty  10-500# GP’s & 2-M-17
27 12-4-44     Friedburg, Ger       Fools Rush In 20-250# GP’s - Rail Yards
28 12-5-44     Berlin, Ger.           Fools Rush In 20-250# GP’s - City
29 12-24-44   Kaiserlautern, Ger. UKN Rail Yards
30 12-25-44   Kaiserlautern, Ger. UKN Rail Yards
31 12-27-44   Fulda, Ger.            Fools Rush In 25-250# GP’s - Rail Yards
32 12-28-44   Koblenz, Ger,        #938/ 418th A/C 25-250# GP’s - Rail Yards
33 12-30-44   Kassel, Ger.          #459/ 418th A/C 12-500# GP’s - Rail Yards  (Last mission with crew – Enlisted members of crew sent home)
34 1-3-45      Fulda, Ger            Quittin Time Rail Yards
35 1-7-45      Cologne, Ger.       Skyway Chariot 6-1000# GP’s - Bridges

From Jan 3. 1945 until Feb 9, 1945, Lt  Daniel Shaffer was Navigator on this crew

MISSIONS OF LT SHAFFER WITH LT ROBERT STEVENSON AS PILOT

14. 03/01/45 FULDA
15. 05/01/45 FRANKFURT
16. 10/01/45 COLOGNE
17. 14/01/45 DERBEN
18. 17/01/45 HAMBURG
19. 20/01/44 HEILBRONN
20. 28/01/45 DUISBURG
21. 29/01/45 KASSEL
22. 06/02/45 CHEMNITZ
23. 09/02/44 WEIMAR

From 1st Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734, 351st Navigator, 100th Bomb Group: Joined 100th BG September 1944

"I got seperated from my origianal crew when we flew over from Langley VA.  As a result, I had no 
premanent crew and flew my 35 missions with 5 different Crews.  Pilots Kramp, Hughes, Stevenson, Knowles
Bazin.  Although I came to the 100th as a Bombardier, I was pressed into service as a navigator and did my 35
as such.  I did Hamburg 12/31/44 as a substitute for Tom Hughes Navigator.  We lost 12 our of 36.  It was my 13th
mission and the date of my Wife's birthday.  I finished my tour on April 6, 1945 to Leipzig.  Four days later-4-10-45
the Bazin Crew were blown out of the sky by a ME262.
 Thanks to Irv Waterbury, I also played in the Century Bombers Orchestra (sax).  Irv and Clara became very 
good friends after the war.  Harry Crosby was my Squadron Navigatory, Harry Cruver was 351st CO."………..(mpf 2001)
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CREW
2nd Lt Paul B. Batterman                  P   FEH   (CP on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) 
F/0 Raymond Stiller                        CP   FEH
2nd Lt Norman "The Kid" Graham   NAV  FEH   (NAV on Capt Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW
2nd Lt Arthur R. Zemske               BOM  CPT  6 APR 45 LEIPZIG (BOM on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) 
Cpl Thomas H. Fagan                    ROG  FEH  (ROG on Capt. Hutchinson Lead Crew) SEE BELOW
Cpl Robert B. May                         TTE  FEH   (went to Lt Garrison Crew in April 45) SEE BELOW
Cpl Reid G. Jensen                       RWG  FEH
Cpl Leon E. Hebert,Jr.                  LWG  FEH   (moved to BTG, OLC for Air Medal for EAC destroyed)
Cpl Elmer F .Hooper                      TG   FEH   Flew 27 Missions (went to Lt Garrison Crew in March 45) SEE BELOW
Cpl Robert C. Mackey                   BTG   NOC  

351st Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th Group on 5/10/44.
No memory of Robert.Mackey after reaching England. He probably was removed to reduce crew to nine men. 

From a letter from Norm Graham, Navigator on the P.B. Batterman Crew, dated 24/3/83 we learn: 
"Lt Batterman broke his arm riding a bicycle after joining the 100th on 5/10/44 and Jim Knowles was assigned as pilot of the Batterman crew.  Zemske & Graham then placed on the crew of Dave Hutchinson. Later, Batterman joined the Hutchinson crew as CP and Tom Fagan as ROG. Finished tour.  Ray Stiller, Bob May, Reid Jensen, Leon Hebert and Elmer Hooper stayed with Knowles crew.”

James W.Knowles was the original CP on crew of Jack L.Gay. Lt Knowles first mission with the Batterman crew was 26 Nov 44 to Hamm.   Lt. Knowles was replaced as first pilot on the Batterman crew by Lt Stevenson (see Sgt Hooper diary) starting on 20 Jan 45.  1st Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734 was the Navigator.  Lt Stevenson completed his missions on 9 Feb 45, mission to Weimar. After this point S/Sgt Hooper and T/Sgt May go to spare gunners pool.  Hopper flies missions with Lt Garrison and Knowles in Feb/Mar 45 before being assigned to Garrison’s Crew permanently on 28/3/45 mission to Hanover.  T/Sgt May is assigned to the Garrison Crew after April 8, 1945. S/Sgt Hooper would finish with Lt Garrison's Crew.   

After the 31 Dec 44 mission to Hamburg, Lt Batterman and Sgt Fagan go to Lt Hutchinson's Lead Crew to replace the Co-pilot and ROG who were KIA and SWA respectively.   Lt Batterman would fly as Formation Officer/Tail Gunner on the Hutchinson Crew. Lt Batterman flew as a fill in Co-Pilot with Lt Rosenbaum/Lt Kodas Crew on 17 Jan 45 Hamburg mission. Batterman also flew some missions as co-pilot on Lt Streich Crew…(from Leon Schwartz-Streich Crew)   

Lt Graham joins Lt Hutchinson Lead Crew as Navigator after Dec 12, 1944 Mission to Darmstadt and Lt Zemske joins Hutchinson Crew in Late Feb 45 when Lt Paterno joins Jesse Wofford’s Lead Crew. 

We have only two records of Lt Knowles flying as 1st pilot after Dec 31, 1944, one on March 17, 1945 to Plauen flying  42-31530 “QUITTIN' TIME” and another the following day March 18, 1945 flying  44-8503      "BABY BUNTY" LN-A, an a/c from the 350th BS to Berlin. According to S/Sgt Hooper diary, 3-17-45, Plauen, Ger . Knowles was pilot, Lt Brown, a new pilot, flew as co-pilot. Lt. Linn – Bombardier – Levine was waist gunner, Hooper as TG.  My best guess for this big lapse of time for Knowles not flying a mission after Dec 31, 1944 is that he may have gone to 351st Sqdn operations…mpf 2006)


Missions of Lt James W. Knowles/Lt Stevenson with Lt Batterman Crew
DATE:       TARGET                        A/C #, CODE, NAME              PILOT/NAV.

26/11/44     HAMM                                                                  Pilot-Lt Knowles
02/12/44     KOBLENZ                   42-31708  EP-R SKIPPER II      Pilot-Lt Knowles
05/12/44     BERLIN                     42-31708   EP-R SKIPPER II      Pilot-Lt Knowles
30/12/44     KASSEL                     42-31767  EP-G OUR GAL SAL  Pilot-Lt Knowles
31/12/44     HAMBURG                 42-31530  EP-X QUITTIN' TIME Pilot- Lt Knowles 
20/01/44     HEILBRONN                44-8632   EP-H                      Pilot-Lt Stevenson/ Nav- Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734
28/01/45      DUISBURG                 44-8632   EP-H                      Pilot-Lt Stevenson/ Nav-Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734
29/01/45     KASSEL                      44-8632   EP-H                      Pilot-Lt Stevenson/ Nav- Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734
06/02/45     CHEMNITZ/ZWICKAU    44-8632  EP-H                      Pilot-Lt Stevenson/ Nav-Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734
09/02/45     WEIMAR**                  44-8632  EP-H                      Pilot-Lt Stevenson/ Nav-Lt Daniel Shaffer 0-765734
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ON THE 31 DEC 44 ( HAMBURG) MISSION FLOYD E. HENDERSON WAS THE FIRST PILOT OF A CREW THAT APPEARS TO BE MAINLY THAT OF CARL J. HEDIN…jb

Newspaper account of the death of Floyd E. Henderson

Lieutenant Floyd E. Henderson, 25, husband of the former Violet Thomsen, 723 South State Street, was killed in action December 31, 1944, over Hamburg, Germany. He had previously been reported missing. A native of Chillicothe, Il, Lieutenant Henderson was a Flying Fortress pilot.…

CREW
On the  31 DEC 44 ( HAMBURG) mission,  FLOYD E. HENDERSON was the first pilot of this crew..Appears mainly that of Carl J. HEDIN…jb

A/C #42-31066 "Fools Rush In"  MACR #11366, MICRO-FICHE #4183

2ND LT FLOYD E. HENDERSON      P      KIA 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2nd Lt Richard W. King                  CP       KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
2nd Lt George J. Smigo, Jr           NAV    POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
S/Sgt  Elmer L. Kovach                TOG       KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
S/Sgt George J.Robinson               ROG        KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
 S/Sgt James W.Shepard               TTE        KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Leo O.Murphy                     BTG      POW   31DEC /44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Fred Horcasitas                    WG         KIA 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG
   Sgt Frank S.Sauls                        TG       POW 31 DEC 44  HAMBURG


EYEWITNESS:  "A/C 42-31066 received a direct hit by flak just before "Bombs Away" , and the bombs were salvoed. 
                       The A/C fell off on the right wing and dropped onto A/C #43-38124 piloted by Lt Clifton M. Williams.
                        Both aircraft went down in flames  and one exploded" (See Williams crew below)

Lt Clifton M.Williams              P    KIA   31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Kenneth W.Newkirk           CP  KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG
Lt Richard F.Williams           NAV  KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG                             A/C #43 38124
Lt Lawrence W.Ward         BOM  POW 31/12/44 HAMBURG                          MACR #11363,Fiche #4182
T/S/Sgt Charles J.McGinley     ROG  KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG
T/Sgt .Alvin H.Petteys         TTE  KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG
S/Sgt Lee F.Carpenter         BTG  KIA  31/12/44 HAMBURG
S/Sgt  James H.Murphy        WG   POW   31/12/44 HAMBURG    TAPS: 1973
  Cpl  Gordon R.Sinclair         TG   CPT       15 /3/45  ORANIENBURG /WITH THE S. JOHNSON CREW AS NAV (see note)

351st Sqdn. Sqdn Diary of Sept.1944 notes this crew as joining the 100th Group in Sept. A Cpl.Harvey J.Lehman was on the crew at that time but no further record of him has turned up.

On 31/12/44, S/Sgt Roland L.Douglas,from the crew of Gerald Brown,was flying in place of Gordon Sinclair and was made a POW.

Note
Gordon Sinclair was removed from Navigator's school one day short of graduation for some unknown infraction, proably the Training Command acted  a bit over zealous in view of the need for trained Navigators.  The 351st Sqdn. Commander (Harry Cruver, a man known to have had some disagreements with training command personnel during his cadet days) corrected this bit of over zealousness by immediately promoting Sinclair to M/Sgt and  making him the Navigator for the Sidney Johnson crew, where he completed a tour.  This from Charles M. Beck, of the Sidney Johnson crew..pw

MEMO 2:

Lieut Floyd Elmer Henderson

Lieut Floyd Elmer Henderson
BIRTH	31 Mar 1919
La Prairie, Adams County, Illinois, USA
DEATH	31 Dec 1944 (aged 25)
Germany
BURIAL	
Blue Ridge Cemetery
North Hampton, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
PLOT	Sec. SW, Phs
MEMORIAL ID	58368601

Lt. Army Air Corps, WW2-Lt. Henderson was killed in action on 12-31-1944 while flying his 34th mission in his B-17G Bomber over Hamburg, Germany. 

He is the son of Mr. Haskell & Mrs. Elsie Zoe {Aman} Henderson of Edelstein, Illinois, and the husband of Mrs. Violet Anita {Thomsen} Henderson of Champaign, Illinois. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Miller of Chillicothe, Illinois, and five brothers, Lester, Wilmer, Ivan, Leland, and Duane. 

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Pilot Wings, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Campaign Medal with 4 Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal.

Footnote: Lt. Henderson's body was brought home for burial on December 7, 1948

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Hamburg DATE: 1944-12-31  
AIRCRAFT: "Fools Rush In" (42-31066) CAUSE: FLAK - (Collided with 43-38124)  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Pilot Floyd Henderson KIA on Dec 31, 1944. 

Officers of Lt Stevenson crew. 
L-R: Robert L Stevenson-Pilot, Stanley Yates-Bom,  2ND LT WILLIAM C. LEFFINGWELL-Nav, Floyd Henderson CoPilot, 

100th Bomb Group Photo Archives

Grave marker for Floyd E. Henderson 

 George J. Robinson part of the Floyd E. Henderson crew was KIA, Hamburg, 31 December 1944 while flying "FOOLS RUSH IN" Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) courtesy of Scott Bucholtz. 

 Robert L. Stevenson crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Officers of Lt Stevenson crew. 
L-R: Robert L Stevenson-Pilot, Stanley Yates-Bom,  2ND LT WILLIAM C. LEFFINGWELL-Nav, Floyd Henderson CoPilot

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

ID: 2283