Friday, 24 Dec. 1943 — Italy
Gerald was born in Kansas in 1915, he joined and was accepted directly into the Army Air Corp, on 26 March, 1942 in "WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" He had completed High School and was still single. He trained and became a Pilot and was assigned to the 321st Bomb Group, the 446th Bomb Squadron that went to the MTO/ WW II in B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers.
Gerald flew 3 Missions in Nov. '43 in #41-13008, and 1 Mission in #42-64509.
He flew 5 Combat Missions in Dec. also in the #41=13008, which must have been his regular ship (No name or nose art yet) It is unknown what happened....
On 24 Dec. 1943; 321stBG, 446thBS War-Diary;
321stBG,446thBS, Lt. Gerald J. Henson, Pilot
Friday, 24 December 1943
446th BS War Diary: No Missions. Ella Logan and cast entertained at Group. Officers had party at their club. Not much sign of Christmas here but morale not too low.
446th BS: Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # ?:
A/C No. unknown (MACR-? - crashed into mountain near La Senia Air Base, in Africa)
P Klang, Irving E., 2Lt - KIA
CP Henson, Gerald J., 2Lt - KIA
PAX Graham, Robert W., 2Lt - KIA
PAX Carnes, James B., Sgt - KIA
PAX Bonacich, Matthew G., Sgt - KIA
Family: 1930 Census-Toronto/Woodson Co. Kansas
Clavin E Henson/Head of Household/46
Jessie A Henson/Wife/46
Harold B Henson/Son/16
J Gerald Henson/Son/14
Vernor B Henson/Son/12
Family information from Paula Henson McAlister, her Dad was the oldest brother, Harold Henson. She and her Sister have been into Geneaology and have some information on their Uncle "Danny". It was told to her Dad/Harold that the Turkey (s) had not arrived for the Christmas Dinner for the men, so the journey was to get that "alive and well" Turkey(s) and come back, sadly a dense storm brewed up in the meantime and the weather was bad when they returned. "Poor Visability" was the cause of the crash into the mountains near their African Base. Their youngest brother, Vernon was know as "Toby".
Gerald was married to Gladys D (Jaculi) in Jan. 1943, sadly they had a child that died very near the time of Gerald's death.
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