Benjamin Henderson

Recent Address: 3823 South View Blvd, Morganton, NC 28655
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Family Info: Bessie D. & Benjamin B. Henderson- parents A. Ross Henderson (USN)- brother
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Date Entered Service: March 17, 1941
Service Number: 14038706
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 792nd
Location of Unit: Kansas
Missions Flown: 5 missions over Japan, including first daylight bombing raid on Japan
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Awards: Silver Star, Dinstiguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal w/5 Oak Clusters
Service Schools:
MOS: Flight Engineer; Rear Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Technical Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63353 Juke Box, The Cactus Special
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Date Discharged: September 29, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Forman, City of Jacksonville Garage Department, Jacksonville, FL
Thoughts About the 58th:
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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