Autogyro Pilot Ned D. Henderson

Autogyro Pilot Ned D. Henderson

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, November 18, 1945

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Ned D. Henderson

Autogyro Pilot Ned Henderson succumbed to injuries sustained in an autogyro crash two days earlier approximately one mile east of Sullivan City, Texas.

He was flying the autogyro to San Antonio when it developed an engine fire at about 1:00 pm. He attempted to make an emergency landing in a small field along Highway 83 but struck high-power electric lines and crashed. He suffered extensive burns and bone fractures as a result of the crash. He was transported to McAllen City Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Pilot Henderson was survived by his wife. He was buried in the Roselawn Cemetery in McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 14 years, 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Friday, November 16, 1945

aerial patrol, helicopter crash

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My father was Joseph Claude Henderson and I remember his telling me of his and Ned's exploits on the farm they grew up on in Waco, TX. He also told me how he died when his gyro opted got caught in some high lines. I was about ten years old when he told me the stories but I never forgot them. Years later when I was about 19 years old I was working at the Tulsa, OK airport and happened to come across a couple of young Texas Border Patrolmen. I mentioned my Uncle Ned to them and they said they had read about him in school!

Claudia Seversen

May 13, 2016

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