Henry Howard Maginn

Sergeant Henry Howard Maginn of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 11th September 1942 while on a Bomber Command raid over Germany in a Short Stirling bomber.


Henry Howard Maginn


Sergeant Henry Howard Maginn (637636) served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Known as Harry, he was the son of William Maginn and Adelaide Maginn of Portadown, Co. Armagh, and the husband of Emma Maginn of Portadown, Co. Armagh.

In civilian life, Harry was a member- of Dr. Kane’s Crimson Star Loyal Orange Lodge 417 in his hometown.

Sergeant Maginn died on 11th September 1942 aged 29 years old while serving in R.A.F. 15 Squadron. He was an air gunner on Short Stirling BF347 LS-J when it took off at 2105hrs from R.A.F. Bourn, Cambridgeshire, England on a raid over Dusseldorf, Germany. The raid was a success but 33 planes failed to return. Maginn’s Stirling bomber came under attack from Luftwaffe night fighters, which caused damage to the plane. The plane crashed while attempting a forced landing at R.A.F. West Malling, Kent, England.

Sergeant Maginn’s grave is in Section A, Plot 5, Grave 10 of Seagoe Church of Ireland Churchyard, Portadown, Co. Armagh. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh. His headstone bears the inscription:

Worthy of remembrance. “And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in Thee.”

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