Gen John Philip Henebry

  • Birth 14 Feb 1918
  • Death 30 Sep 2007 Illinois, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 21889408

John Philip Henebry
Henebry, John Philip Maj. Gen. John Philip "Jock" Henebry, U.S.A.F., Retired. Husband of the late Mary McGuire "Liz" Henebry; loving father of Patsy (Pat) Callahan, John (Linda) Henebry, Walter Henebry, Mary E. Henebry and Jeannine (Craig) Rublee; devoted grandfather of Mary Callahan (Philip) Erdoes, Patrick (Jennise) Callahan, Michael (Brittan) Callahan, Christopher (Shields) Callahan and Liam Henebry; great grandfather of Mia, Morgan and Mason Erdoes and Coco Callahan; fond brother of the late Joseph (Maurie) Henebry and Sallie (the late William) O'Connor; dear brother-in-law of Frances (the late George) Rassas, Josephine "Dodie" (the late Jack) Dwyer, Julia (the late John) Dowdle, Walter (the late Selina) McGuire and the late John (Paulette) McGuire and Patricia (the late Robert) Dwyer; loving uncle of over 50 nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass October 3rd Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. at SS. Faith, Hope & Charity Church, 191 Linden Street, Winnetka, IL 60093. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Misericordia, 6300 Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660-1017. Funeral Info: 847/675-1990 or

Plainfield war hero dies

October 2, 2007
from staff reports
A war hero and fighter pilot made his last flight Sunday.
Retired Air Force Major General John Philip "Jock" Henebry died peacefully of heart failure while surrounded by his family at Evanston Hospital.

A veteran and hero of World War II and the Korean War, Henebry, 89, flew 219 successful combat missions, was commander of the Third Attack Group, orchestrated the Korean Airlift, earned every obtainable Air Force medal and, by appointment of the Queen, was named honorary commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire.

Born in Plainfield on Feb. 14, 1918, to Hannah Blair and Joseph Henebry, he was a lifelong sportsman, a successful businessman and an author.
Henebry was largely responsible for utilizing the reconfiguration of the B-25 bomber, and during the Battle of The Bismark Sea, he and the other pilots were able to sink an entire enemy convoy for the first time. Henebry and the "Grim Reapers," as they were called, went on to wreak havoc on the Axis forces in the Pacific by disrupting supply lines, hammering out successful raids and tearing up strategic enemy positions.

In addition to many other combat missions, Henebry led the massive air attack on the the stronghold of Rabaul, New Britain, from which the Japanese maintained extensive control throughout the South Pacific region. The attack effectively removed the base at Rabaul as a strategic operation and turned the tide of the war.

In this battle, Henebry was credited with sinking two supply ships before his plane, the Notre Dame de Victoire, was shot down by a heavy cruiser.

Henebry's storied military career began after he attended the University of Notre Dame. He enlisted in the Army on July 30, 1940. He was commissioned a second lieutenant on March 14, 1941, upon graduation from pilot training at Randolph and Kelly Fields in Texas. His first military assignment was with the 22nd Bomb Group at Langley Field in Virginia. He then was transferred to the newly formed 13th Bomb Group at Orlando, Fla.

Deceased Name: John P. "Jock" Henebry
BEMENT — Maj. Gen. John P. "Jock" Henebry, 89, Plainfield, formerly of Bement, Army veteran, died Sunday (Sept 30, 2007).

Graveside services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Bement Township Cemetery, Bement, Illinois. Arrangements by: Roux—Hinds Funeral Home, Bement. Memorials: Misericordia, Chicago.

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