New England Air Museum
Benjamin Henderson


Recent Address:

3823 South View Blvd, Morganton, NC 28655


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Family Information:

Bessie D. & Benjamin B. Henderson- parents A. Ross Henderson (USN)- brother


Jacksonville, FL

Date Entered Service:

March 17, 1941

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:


Missions Flown:

5 missions over Japan, including first daylight bombing raid on Japan

Hump Missions Flown:





Silver Star, Dinstiguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal w/5 Oak Clusters

Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):

Flight Engineer; Rear Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

Technical Sergeant

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63353 Juke Box, The Cactus Special

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 29, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Forman, City of Jacksonville Garage Department, Jacksonville, FL


Cactus Special Crew: Pilot- Cactus Van Horne (Maj.); Claude Posey; R T Young; H C Peterson, L B Tuck; "Trigger" Bodart; "Strap" Palin; "Bomb Door" Burt. On one mission over China, he was shot down over the mainland of China and spent three weeks eluding the Japanese patrols (and dogs) by living in the swamps where contracted amoebic dysentery, which nearly killed him. He and several other crewmen finally made it to the coast where they were picked up by a submarine.

Died July 27, 1967 of cancer. Survived by Louise D. Henderson (wife), Ross K. & Doris L. Henderson (children). He is buried at Restlawn Memorial Park, Jacksonville, FL.


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