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Frank William Henderson Jr


Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Francis Cepits crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Francis Cepits

    Military | First Lieutenant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Donald Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Cline crew. 35 x combat missions ( 13 as 1st pilot ) ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102500

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-L] Grafton Underwood 3/5/44; battle damaged Gerolstein, Ger; 2/1/45 with ?; AFSC, Salvaged 18/1/45.

  • 42-102501 The Challenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 11/4/44; Dowe Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-H] Grafton Underwood 12/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Robert Clax Long, Frederick Arnold Maki, Jack Coleman Cook (3 Killed in Action); Ralph John Vrana...

  • 42-107057 SPIRIT OF 96

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 11/4/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Noel Plowman, Co-pilot: Larry Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Cheresnik, Bombardier: Carl Hart, Radio...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 43-38548

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 12/9/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 18/9/44; transferred to the 546th Bombardment Squadron, 384 Bombardment Group, squadron code BK-M, Grafton Underwood, Station 106 on 27 September 1944; transferred...

  • 43-38994

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 31/10/44; Grenier 12/11/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-Q] Grafton Underwood 17/12/44; transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 29/12/45. DEVASTATING LADY.

  • 44-6476

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 17/8/44; Dow Fd 3/9/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-G] Grafton Underwood 23/9/44; 544BS [SU-L]; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 2/1/46.

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Wilmington Newcastle, Delaware 24 October 1921

Son of Frank William Sr and Mary M Henderson.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 9 September 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Grafton Underwood July 1944 – January 1945

Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Claymont, DE 3 July 2007
Buried Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Delaware County, PA 6 July 2007

Lawn Croft Cemetery
Linwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania


Date Contributor Update
01 August 2020 09:03:41 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /