Images and extra information courtesy of Michael Cadwallader.
Born: 1923, Bentley, Suffolk.
Died: 17th April 1943; Age: 20; aircraft failed to return from Tunis.
Rank: Sergeant/Bomb Aimer; Service Number: 1333767.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 142 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Albert & Dorothy Annie Barbara Underwood, of Bentley, Suffolk.
Father: Albert Underwood, born 1887, Bentley, Suffolk.
Mother: Dorothy Annie Barbara Underwood (nee Brewster), 1898, Godalming, Surrey.
Dennis is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Marys Church Bentley, Suffolk.
17th/18th April 1943
Aircraft: Vickers Wellington III; serial number: DF696; based at Blida, Algeria. On the 17th April 1943 DF696 was detailed to attack Tunis docks and marshalling yards. The weather en route and over the target was hazy with excellent visibility. The attack was cencentrated on the marshalling yards causing a large explosion and fires. On the return journey the group of 9 aircraft were directed to Maison Blanche owing to a strong cross wind at Base. 7 aircraft safely landed. DF696 Failed to return from Tunis. Fw Liebecher of II/NJG 2 claimed to have shot down a Wellington.
The bodies of Laurie Staight, John Cook and William Underwood were never found. They are remembered on the Malta Memorial, Valletta, Southern Harbour, Malta. The bodies of Dennis and Henry were recovered from the sea and buried at Bone War Cemetery, Algeria.
Henry Ronald Henley
Henry Ronald Henley original grave in Annaba, Algeria.