FRANK H. HENDERSON, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Henderson, Jr. '37

Date of birth: January 2, 1915

Date of death: May 18, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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Frank was lost when the PBY-5 Catalina he was piloting crashed on Hawaii on May 18, 1942. Nine of his crew were also killed in the crash.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his father, Frank Sr., and his son, Frank III. Frank, Jr. is buried in California.

Career

Frank was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940; on December 2, 1940 he was designated naval aviator #6944. (Information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian.)

Other

Frank's wife and son arrived in California in July 1941 after spending "the last year" in Honolulu. Quite possible that it was the last time they saw Frank.


Class of 1937

Frank is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 in Memorial Hall.