Fallen Agent: NED D. HENDERSON
DOB: December 19, 1905
Entered: December 26, 1929
Departed: November 18, 1945
Postion: Autogiro Pilot

On November 18, 1945, Ned D. Henderson, Autogiro Pilot, died from injuries he received two days earlier when the autogiro he was piloting crashed near Sullivan City, Texas. Pilot Henderson was en route to his official station at McAllen, Texas, following a detail to San Antonio. He was alone in the plane when it crashed on November 16, 1945. A witness to the accident, Mr. Francisco Flores, stated that he noticed the aircraft coming from the west just as it hit an electric highline. The autogiro hit the ground and turned over about two times before it came to rest. Flores stopped his truck and ran over to the aircraft. He rushed over to Henderson, who was rolling on the ground just outside of the autogiro, his clothes and gloves on fire. Mr. Flores extinguished the flames and then improvised a shade from a blanket he had in his truck. Pilot Henderson was later removed to the McAllen Municipal Hospital by ambulance. Henderson suffered extensive burns about the face, neck, arms and legs; fracture of the right arm below the shoulder; and a deep cut across the forehead and right cheek. Death occurred at 1:30 a.m., November 18, 1945, about 36 hours after the accident.