© 2009 454 & 459 RAAF Squadrons


454 & 459 RAAF Squadrons


W Commander AD "Pete" Henderson OBE MID


Service Number 400672


1937 Pilot Pt Cook; 8 RAAF Sqn, Hudsons, Singapore.  8.12.41 Japanese sneak attack 8.12.41 Kota Baru forced 8 Sqn retreat Sumatra; return via Ceylon. Instructor, then Darwin.  Posted to M.E.; 5.10.43 to Nov 1944 C.O. 459 RAAF (Hudsons) G.R. Sqn: converted Sqn to Venturas Dec 1943, then July 1944 to Baltimores - covering Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.  25.11.1944 - 18.5. 1945 CO 454 RAAF (B) (Baltimores) Sqn Italy - close support 8th Arm in Desert Air Force.


Post-war - OC RAAF Williamtown; D Director Organisation, Dept of Air; OC RAAF Williamtown; D Director Organisation, Dept of Air; OC 86 Transport Wing; SASO and Adviser Australian High Commission London; OC RAAF East Sale, and OC RAAF Darwin.


Retired 1968 Air Commodore.



The Rededication of the Memorial 'To the Fallen' at Richmond RAAF base - 50th Reunion - 1992.  On the day, John McKenzie, asked Hank and Ken Rimmer if they would carry the 454 - 459 Sqdn banner.


L-R:  RAAF Padre, George Gray, Fred McKay (Clergyman), Pete Henderson, Pete Matthews, Hank Hayes, Ken Rimmer & John McKenzie.

AD “Pete” HENDERSON