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The Airmen's Stories - AC1 D O Hendry


David Oswald Hendry was born on 6th April 1921 in Borrowstounness, West Lothian.

After leaving school he was employed by the Bo'ness Journal.

Hendry joined the RAF in June 1940 as an Aircrafthand. He volunteered for flying duties and was posted to Yatesbury for a short radar course.


Above: F/Lt. MSP Houdret (left) and Hendry in front of a Mosquito of 219 Squadron.


He was then posted to 219 Squadron at Catterick on 2nd September 1940.


Above: Airmen of 219 Squadron.

Standing rear: Sgt. CB Hamilton, AC1 DO Hendry, AC2 JP McCaul

Standing left: Sgt. GM Leslie

Kneeling: Sgt. L Smith, Sgt. T Le Dong


Promoted to Warrant Officer on 1st May 1942, Hendry was commissioned in July 1942.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 3rd March 1944) and released from the RAF in 1946.

Hendry's service record must be unique. He served with 219 Squadron continuously from September 1940 until his release in 1946, in Britain, North Africa and on the Continent.


Above images courtesy of the collection of P/O AJ Glegg, 600 Squadron.


He married Gwendoline Mary Britton on 27th September 1947 at St. Marys, Stoke Bishop, Bristol.

Hendry died in September 1987 in Bournemouth.


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