Flight Lieutenant Henry de Landre Watson (148537) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. Born on 29th January 1924, he was the son of Charles Sydney Waller Watson and Esme Marguerite Watson (née De Landre) of Stramore House, Gilford, Co. Down.
He attended Queen’s University, Belfast, Co. Antrim and was part of a Royal Air Force Pre-Entry Course in 1941-1942. He served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War from 1943-1945.
After the war, Henry remained in South East Asia with RAF 48 Squadron. He died on 26th February 1947 aged 23 years old. Flight Lieutenant Watson was the pilot of Douglas C-47 Dakota KK120. The plane disappeared with no trace on a flight between Changi, Singapore and Hong Kong. A total of 12 people lost their lives in the crash.
His parents received a letter from Commander JR Gordon-Finlayson of RAF Command, Fare East on 10th March 1947.
Your son was Captain of an aircraft detailed to carry out a scheduled airline run from Changi Airfield, Singapore to Hong Kong. The aircraft took off from Changi at 10.10 hours on 26th February 1947, gave its last position at 10.49 hours and its last radio transmission at 11.02 hours. A thorough search was initiated but to no avail and covered the whole area of the route along which aircraft was briefed.
Henry de Landre Watson has no known grave. His name was on Columns 460 of the Changi War Memorial, Singapore. These names are now on the Kranji War Memorial, Singapore. Henry’s name is also on the Gilford War Memorial and Dollingstown War Memorial, Co. Down and the Queen’s University War Memorial, Belfast, Co. Antrim.