04.07.1940 No. 206 Squadron Hudson I N7368 P/O. Henderson D.F.C. Location: Texel, Netherlands. +
Mission: Air Sea Rescue

Date: 4th July 1940 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 206 Squadron

Type: Hudson I

Serial: N7368

Code: VX-?

Base: R.A.F. Bircham Newton, Norfolk.

Location: Texel

Pilot: P/O. Selby Roger Henderson D.F.C. 40826 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

Nav: Sgt. George Howard Goldsmith 526218 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Gordon Clifton Sumner 568173 R.A.F. Age ? Killed

Air/Gnr: L.A.C. John Lindsay Williamson 534498 R.A.F. Age 22. Killed


Took off from R.A.F. Bircham Newton at 05.50 hrs together with another Hudson P5162 VX-V from 206 squadron
(3) to search for survivors of a 44 Squadron Hampden P4352 KM-J (4) which was lost earlier on in the morning on a gardening operation in the Great Belt area. These aircraft were lost in the Texel area and is thought that both were hit by flak.

206 Squadron Hudson I (Archives)

(1) P/O. Selby Roger Henderson D.F.C. London Gazette 2 January 1940. The recommendation states: ‘At 11.45 on 8 November 1939, when pilot of a reconnaissance aircraft on duty over the North Sea, Pilot Officer Henderson encountered two large enemy flying boats. He engaged the leading boat with utmost resolution; bursts were seen to enter the engines and after part of the flying boat’s hull, the enemy Rear-Gunner was incapacitated and eventually the flying boat went down partially out of control. Pilot Officer Henderson then attacked the second enemy aircraft with equal determination and silenced its fire before exhausting all his ammunition.’ Henderson received his D.F.C. at an investiture at Buckingham Palace in February 1940 and was married to a Norfolk girl that May.

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Moseley Grammar School and memorial

(2) Sgt. George Howard Goldsmith was a former pupil of Moseley Grammar school (Now secondary/grammar school. We are working very closely with the school's historians to remember all the ex pupils who died whilst serving with the RAF and recorded on the school memorial. (3) The pilot of P5162 P/O. James Mackinnon and all his crew were killed. (4) Hampden P4352 KM-J flown by P/O. Desmond A. Todd and all his crew were killed.

Burial details:

P/O. Selby Roger Henderson D.F.C. Runnymede Memorial Panel 8. Son of Selby and Elaine Henderson; husband of Joan Louise Henderson, of Hunstanton, Norfolk.

Sgt. George Howard Goldsmith. Runnymede Memorial Panel 14. Son of George Henry Goldsmith, and of Charlotte Ella Goldsmith, of Hall Green, Birmingham.

Sgt. Gordon Clifton Sumner. Runnymede Memorial Panel 20. No further details as yet.

L.A.C. John Lindsay Williamson. Runnymede Memorial Panel 24. Son of John Francis and Esther Hilda Williamson; husband of Barbara Williamson, of Peckham, London.

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Keith Townsend historian of Moseley Secondary/Grammar school memorial records, Ross McNeil - "Coastal Command Losses", the superb work of the C.W.G.C.

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