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CLYDE H. HENNING CREW - 359th BS
(crew assigned 359BS: 13 Feb 1945 - photo: at USA Training Base)

(Back L-R) Sgt Joseph P. Ferche (R),
Sgt Gilbert D. Grant (E), Sgt John V. Jones (WG/Tog),
Sgt Richard F. Harper (BTG), Sgt Raymond L. Barnett (TG)

(Front L-R) 2nd Lt. Clyde H. Henning (P), F/O Donald R. Bauer (CP),
2Lt Harold A. Belles (N), 2Lt Charles F. Evans (B)




CLYDE H. HENNING CREW - 359th BS
(photo: Molesworth, 13 March 1945)

Twenty-Eight credited combat missions flown by 2Lt Clyde H. Henning:
321 (23 Feb 1945), 322, 323, 326, 327, 328, 331, 332, 333, 335, 336, 337, 339, 340, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 357, 358, 360, 361, 362 (17 April 1945).
For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Six B-17Gs flown by 2lt Clyde H. Henning on his 28 credited combat missions:

  • 44-87345 (P) Hell's Cargo '44 (359BS) BN-C - Missions 321, 328
  • 42-38050 (P) Thunderbird (359BS) BN-U - Missions 322, 340
  • 43-38608 (P) Lucille (359BS) BN-E - Missions 323, 331, 346
  • 43-38875 (P) RedWing (359BS) BN-E - Missions 326, 327, 328, 332, 335, 336, 337, 339, 344, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 357, 360, 362
  • 42-107206 Old Black Magic (359BS) BN-R - Mission 333
  • 44-8351 (No name) (358BS) VK-Z - Mission 361

Lt. Henning in B-17G 43-38875 (BN-E) "RedWing"

359th Formation taken from "RedWing"

Crew Notes:
  • 2Lt Clyde H. Henning (P) - 28 credited missions flown: Two missions flown as CoPilot with 2Lt Galt L. McClurg (321, 331); Other missions flown as First Pilot. Last mission flown on 17 April 1945 (Mission 362).

  • F/O Donald R. Bauer (CP) - 27 credited missions flown: 26 with 2Lt Henning (All Henning missions except 321, 331); 1 mission with 2Lt William M. Beasley (331). Last mission flown on 17 April 1945 (Mission 362)

  • 2Lt Harold A. Belles (N) - 4 credited missions flown, all with 2Lt Henning (321, 322, 323, 326). Last mission on 28 Feb 1945 (Mission 326). Lt Henning used 10 different Navigators on his 28 missions: 2Lt Belles (321, 322, 323, 326), 2Lt Garney (327), 2Lt West (328), F/O Albertson (331, 332, 333, 335), 2Lt Weber (336, 347), F/O Mabary (337, 350, 360, 361), F/O Mieslich (339), 2Lt Barger (340, 344, 346, 349, 351, 352, 353, 357, 358), 2Lt Johnson (348), 1Lt Knox (362).

  • 2Lt Charles F. Evans (B) - 9 credited missions flown: 3 with 2Lt Henning (321, 322, 323); 6 missions with other Pilots (328, 332, With a Squadron Deputy Lead Crew (343, 345, 348, 352). Last mission on 5 April 1945 (Mission 352). The 2Lt Henning flew with Toggliers on 25 of his 28 missions.

  • Sgt Gilbert D. Grant (E), Sgt Raymond L. Barnett (TG) - 28 credited missions flown - All with 2Lt Henning. Last mission flown on 17 April 1945 (Mission 362).

  • Sgt Joseph P. Ferche (R) - 28 credited missions flown: 27 with 2Lt Henning (All Henning missions except 326); 1 Mission with 1Lt Jerome Milman - 358th BS (363). Last mission on 20 April 1945 (Mission 363).

  • Sgt Richard F. Harper (BTG) - 29 credited missions flown: 28 with 2Lt Henning (All of Henning's missions); 1 with 2Lt Galt A. McClurg (324). Last mission flown on 17 April 1945 (Mission 362).

  • Sgt John V. Jones (WG/TOG/BTG/TG) - 27 credited missions flown: 20 with 2Lt Henning As Waist Gunner (331), As Togglier (332, 333, 335, 336, 339, 340, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 357, 358, 361, 362); 7 with other Pilots (As Ball Turret Gunner - 323, 324, 325, 326, As Tail Gunner (327), As Waist Gunner (337), As Togglier (360). Last mission flown on 17 April 1945 (Mission 362).

  • Waist Gunners - The 2Lt Henning flew with an 8 man crew, without a Waist Gunner, on twenty- two of his twenty-eight missions. Waist Gunners used on six missions (331, 332, 335, 339, 344, 346).
[photos courtesy of Anne E. Grant and the Irue Ferguson Family]
[identification by Clyde H. Henning]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]