-Born in 1921 in Harriman, TN
-Enlisted on April 1, 1942, in Knoxville
-Member of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1330th Air Force Base Unit
-He was killed February 2, 1945, when his B-24 crashed in the mountains between India and China.
-Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
-Parents: Charles H. and Alice Henley
-Siblings: Cecil M. Henley (also died in WWII and honored on the memorial) , James L. Henley, Samuel J. Henley, and Luther L. Henley
-Married in 1941 to Miss Ruby Marie Bailes (8 May 1922-9 Febuary 2010)
From Pacific Wrecks
1330th Base Unit
Pilot 1st Lt. Delton D. Shilling, O-670447 MIA KIA Tulsa OK
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Charles H. Henley, O-670905 MIA KIA Knoxville, TN
Radio 1st Lt Charles O. Hedges, 17159249 MIA KIA Stockton, MS
Engineer TSgt William M. Costell, 6978434 MIA KIA Wildwood Villa, NJ
MIA February 1, 1945
Took off from Hsinching Airfield in China on a flight bound for Jorhat Airfield in India. This bomber was on course ABLE last position report was being over Likiang, China, the following bearings were shot from Kharagpurat 1938z, 232 deg.class 2 at 1946z, 234 deg. class 1 at 2013z,235 deg, class 1 piaradoba on 183 at 2034z,270 deg, class 2 aircraft didn’t acknowledge these bearings. Airbase at Likiang received distress call at 1930z last contact at 2034z somewhere southwest of Fort Hertz valley.
Afterwards, search & rescue aircraft based at Mohanbari, India searched for this aircraft, unsuccessfully.
The crew was officially declared dead on February 3, 1946. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.