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John Francis Henderson


Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29664 'Jersey Bounce Jr'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

Apparently shot down near Koblenz on a mission to Schweinfurt, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31562. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29664 Jersey Bounce Jr.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/1/43; Salina 12/2/43; Morrison 28/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Molesworth 21/3/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Capt Merle Hungerford, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow Monkres,...

  • 42-31562

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 19/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-A] Molesworth 13/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 24/2/44 with John Henderson, cp-Ken Crook, Navigator: Warren Wiggins, Bombardier: Woodrow...

  • 42-5264 Yankee Doodle Dandy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/11/42; Saline 15/12/42; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-J] Molesworth 1/2/43; landing accident with Bob O’Connor 31/5/43; battle damaged over Oschersleben 11/1/44 with John Henderson, Co-pilot: Walter Ames, Navigator: Warren Wiggins,...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born San Francisco, California, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 24 February 1944

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12


Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 20:22:00 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations

Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a connection to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2020 20:16:18 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, service number and highest rank

Added "-" to the S/N for clarity.
Updated rank and Added Middle Name per MACR 2762 at Source:

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2020 19:28:30 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2762 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor; MACR 2762, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 425