Warrant Officer Henry Bennis

Warrant Officer Henry Bennis

Birth
Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Census Division, Alberta, Canada
Death
19 Apr 1944 (aged 22)
Coveney, East Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Burial
Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot
Grave 14161.
Memorial ID
32378603 View Source

1944 June Quarter death registration-
Name: Bennis, Henry---Age: 23
District: Ely (Volume & Page: 3b & 562)

Warrant Officer Class II Bennis was one of seven airmen of 115 RAF Squadron, based at RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, who perished in the crash of 115 Squadron's Avro Lancaster Mk.I (#LL867) A4-J aircraft at Coveney, near Ely in Cambridgeshire. The Lancaster had earlier taken flight from Witchford on a bombing operation, over the railway yards at Rouen in France, following which it was shot down, on its return flight, over its own Witchford aerodrome by an intruding German Messerschmitt 410 night fighter.
The seven casualties of this attack were-
RCAF Warrant Officer Class II Henry BENNIS,
RNZAF Flight Lieutenant Charlie EDDY,
RAFVR Sergeant Alfred Frank LANGRIDGE,
RAFVR Flight Sergeant Peter John Edward MADDOX,
RAFVR Sergeant William Leslie MURPHY,
RAF Sergeant Harold Edward George PUGH and
RAFVR Flying Officer Albert SMITH.

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-
Military Service:-
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II
Service Number: R/178351
Age: 22
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 115 RAF Squadron [MOTTO: “Despite the elements”]

He enlisted in the RCAF on 24 July 1942 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A florist by trade, he was the son of Nellie (née Overkleeft) Bennis of Balmoral Street in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Jacob Bennis [both parents born in the Netherlands; they married in Rotterdam on 24 Feb 1909]; brother of Audriana Jozina Bennis, William Marinus Bennis, Jozina (Seena) Bennis, Jacob III Bennis and Cornelia Nellie Bennis. His father, Jacob, had gone to the USA when Henry was under 2yo, and was never heard from again.
[NOTE-in the 1940 Michigan Census, married, 52-year-old, Netherlands-born Jacob Bennis was residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan; he was working as a 'fireman' in a 'Brass Works' factory.]

Warrant Officer Class II Henry Bennis is commemorated on Page 248 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.
He is also commemorated at the war cenotaph in Riverside Park in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

1944 June Quarter death registration-
Name: Bennis, Henry---Age: 23
District: Ely (Volume & Page: 3b & 562)

Warrant Officer Class II Bennis was one of seven airmen of 115 RAF Squadron, based at RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, who perished in the crash of 115 Squadron's Avro Lancaster Mk.I (#LL867) A4-J aircraft at Coveney, near Ely in Cambridgeshire. The Lancaster had earlier taken flight from Witchford on a bombing operation, over the railway yards at Rouen in France, following which it was shot down, on its return flight, over its own Witchford aerodrome by an intruding German Messerschmitt 410 night fighter.
The seven casualties of this attack were-
RCAF Warrant Officer Class II Henry BENNIS,
RNZAF Flight Lieutenant Charlie EDDY,
RAFVR Sergeant Alfred Frank LANGRIDGE,
RAFVR Flight Sergeant Peter John Edward MADDOX,
RAFVR Sergeant William Leslie MURPHY,
RAF Sergeant Harold Edward George PUGH and
RAFVR Flying Officer Albert SMITH.

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial-
Military Service:-
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II
Service Number: R/178351
Age: 22
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: 115 RAF Squadron [MOTTO: “Despite the elements”]

He enlisted in the RCAF on 24 July 1942 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A florist by trade, he was the son of Nellie (née Overkleeft) Bennis of Balmoral Street in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Jacob Bennis [both parents born in the Netherlands; they married in Rotterdam on 24 Feb 1909]; brother of Audriana Jozina Bennis, William Marinus Bennis, Jozina (Seena) Bennis, Jacob III Bennis and Cornelia Nellie Bennis. His father, Jacob, had gone to the USA when Henry was under 2yo, and was never heard from again.
[NOTE-in the 1940 Michigan Census, married, 52-year-old, Netherlands-born Jacob Bennis was residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan; he was working as a 'fireman' in a 'Brass Works' factory.]

Warrant Officer Class II Henry Bennis is commemorated on Page 248 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.
He is also commemorated at the war cenotaph in Riverside Park in Medicine Hat, Alberta.


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