James Justin McHenry

James Justin McHenry

Navigator – James Justin McHenry

Navigator – James Justin McHenry – Rank: Flying Officer. Service no. J25563.

1919: Birth on 17th July. Father: Daniel Joseph McHenry Mother: Mary Julia McHenry. Both of Lonsdale, Ontario. Baptised at St Mary’s Church, Marysville, Ontario, on 20th July as “James Justine Gregory McHenry”. by Rev. M Meagher.

1923: His brother Joseph Lawrence McHenry died on 8th March, age 2 years. His sister Margaret Dorothy McHenry died on 6th March, age 5 years. At his death in 1944, he had two sisters still living. they were: Mary Helen McHenry, living at Coniston, Ontario, and Norah Barbara McHenry, living in Toronto, Ontario.

1927: Attended Lonsdale Public School until 1932.

1932: Attended Deseronto High School until 1937.

1937: Age 18 years, left Deseronto High School at Grade XIII (Ont).

1938: Age 18 years and 329 days. Enlisted at Kingston, Ontario on 13th June, for three years. Regimental No. 2436. Resident at Lonsdale, Ontario. Religion: Roman Catholic. Marital status: Single. Medical on 10th June: Height: 5 feet, 10, 1/4 inches. Weight: 148, 1/2 lbs. Eyes: Hazel. Hair: Black. Chest girth: 38 inches plus 2, 1/2 inches expansion. Physical development: Good. Vision: 20/20, both eyes. Hearing: wv 20′, both ears.

1940: 9th November: applied for training as a Navigator. 20th November: Recommended by Navigation Section as: Very keen to get overseas, well motivated lad – Permanent Force. 19th December. Trade: Airframe Mechanic “A”. Character: Very Good. Proficiency: Satisfactory. Outstanding features in aircraft maintenance. Specialised on the following aircraft: Oxford, Anson, Harvard, Northrop (Nomad) and Battle aircraft. Capabilities: Very good athlete and possesses a good knowledge of draughting. Outstanding in: Track and Field events, medals won for High Jump and 100 Yards, Baseball and Gymnastics. Played Softball and Hockey at School. Also Swimming, Skating and Golf for pleasure only.

1941: Awarded a St John Ambulance Association Medical certificate for “First Aid to the Injured” on 20th December.

1942: Applied for re-mustering as Aircrew on 2nd June, at Dartmouth, Novia Scotia. He was a flight sergeant at the time. Recommended as “First class aircrew material” by the Commanding Officer on 8th June. Stamped 30th June.

1943: Awarded Air Navigators badge on 16th April. Promoted to Pilot Officer at the same time. Described as a good navigator who is very conscientious, and works hard. General: Fine bearing and appearance, Splendid attitude. Posted to 82 OTU at RAF Ossington on 12th October. Promoted to Flying Officer on 16th October.

1944: Whilst serving at 82 O.T.U., he was killed as crew of Wellington Bomber BK387, on a training flight which crashed at Tewitt Hall Wood, Oakworth Yorkshire, on 2nd January, killing all those aboard. Buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery on 8th January. He was 24 years of age.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone for James McHenry.

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