LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer William Gordon HENDERSON

Service No: 413766
Born: Neutral Bay NSW, 29 August 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 13 September 1941
Unit: No. 11 Personnel Disposal and Reception Centre, RAAF Overseas Headquarters
Died: Aircraft Accident (RN Fleet Air Arm DH86B aircraft AX 844), Scotland, 31 March 1943, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Dunfermline (Douglas Bank) Cemetery, Fifeshire, Scotland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Gordon and Pauline Elvira de Lerma Henderson, of Roseville, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Roseville NSW
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Roseville War Memorial, Roseville NSW

On the 31st March 1943, Pilot Officer Henderson was a passenger on Fleet Air Arm aircraft AX844 which crashed at Donebristle, Fife at 1521 hours. All on board the aircraft were killed.

On board PX844 were:

Pilot Officer Alfred Keith De Garis (416835) (Observer)
Pilot Officer William Gordon Henderson (413766) (Pilot)
Leading Airman Peter James Murphy (FX 91318) (Royal Navy)
Pilot Officer Newman (436336) (RNZAF) Injured
Petty Officer Airman Frederick Henry Parr (FX 82259) (Royal Navy) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Brian Harwood Pudney (416699) (Observer)
Flying Officer Owen Mortimer Shroff (416645) (RNZAF)
Pilot Officer Maurice Victor Smith (422327) (RNZAF)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/17/91
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line