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Sergeant John Hennis - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant John Hennis  was serving as an Air Gunner on board Lancaster Mk. II LL679 coded JI-KJ2 during an operation to Braunschweig on January 14/15, 1944. The aircraft took off from Waterbeach at 1722hrs and failed to return, all of the crew were killed. All of the crew are buried in the Hanover War Cemetery.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/Sgt Paul Mason

RNZAF

Pilot

Auckland, New Zealand

23

Sgt Ronald Laishley

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Small Heath, Birmingham

19

F/Sgt James Gallagher

RNZAF

Navigator

Oamuru,Otago,New Zealand

22

F/Sgt Arthur Dimock

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

South Rawdon, Nova Scotia

24

F/Sgt Lancelot Kell

RAFVR

W/Op/A/G

Birtley,Co.Durham

29

Sgt Ernest Oakley

RCAF

Air Gunner

Toronto, Ontario

28

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Unidentified Class Photo

 

Sergeant John Hennis was born in Camberwell in 1922 was the son of Lilian and Albert Hennis. He was the 10th child of 12 siblings and followed his eldest brother Harry (born 1908) into the RAF. Another brother Fred (born 1924) was to follow them both into the RAF. John was a sheet metal polisher in peacetime and was single. He was known as a quiet and unassuming lad, a good mixer with lots of friends who looked after his younger brothers at school.

 
  Photos courtesy of Fred Hennis, special thanks to Jackie Cooper, research by Linda Ibrom.