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Pilot Officer John "Jack" Henningham - RAAF

 
 Pilot Officer Jack Henningham was piloting Lancaster Mk.I ND416 coded UL-G2 during an operation to Stettin on January 5/6, 1944. The aircraft crashed 40 km from Stettin and all of the crew were killed.

The other crewmembers were:

Name Service Trade Hometown Age
Sgt Arthur Baker RAFVR Flight Engineer

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Sgt Arthur Davis RAFVR Navigator Wickford, Essex 20
F/Sgt Kenneth Barton RAFVR Bomb Aimer Bickley, Kent 21
Sgt Frederick Wright RAFVR Wop/AG

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Sgt Leslie Colbourne RAFVR Air Gunner Dudley, Worcester 25
Sgt James Kennison RAF Air Gunner Bescot, Walsall, Staffs 32
 

 Pilot Officer John "Jack" Romer Henningham RAAF was born in Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales on 28th May 1922. He was a junior clerk and then a Police cadet in the 1930's. At the time cadets were chosen at the age of 17 for outstanding academic and sporting achievements and Jack had joined to study law, hoping to become a Crown prosecutor or perhaps a judge. He was an all round athlete, first grade cricketer, footballer (rugby and soccer), rower and runner.

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Cricket Team

Jack is at the far left of the middle row.

 

  Jack was the second of four children and son to Herbert and Mercy Henningham. His family was a military family with a proud history. Herbert had a distinguished military career and aged 17, had fought at Gallipoli and France, being awarded the Military Cross and mentioned in dispatches. In WW2 he was Captain on Garrison duties commanding machine gun companies on NSW coastal defense installations. His mother Mercy came to Australia as a war bride after serving with the VAD in WW1. His brother Herbert (Paul) served in WW2 as an infantry Lieutenant in the South West Pacific. His sister Loris served in WW2 in the WAAAF as a flight-rigger and married Jack's friend, Samuel John St.Clair, also know as "Jack", a Bomber pilot and close friend of Jack's who he befriended during pilot training.

 Ironically, they first met after he visited  the family to pay his respects after Jack was shot down. His other sister Pamela married Capt. Ian Wood who served in the Merchant Navy in WW2.

 

 Jack Henningham enlisted in the RAAF at Sydney on the 16th August 1941 before being commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 8th October 1943 and was  21 years of age at the time of his death. Originally he was buried with his crew at  Pasewalk but they were later re-interred in the 1939-1945 Berlin War Cemetery.

 

 
  Photos courtesy of Paul Henningham and Judi & Lori St. Clair, research by Linda Ibrom.