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Technical Sergeant James R. Henry

Technical Sergeant James R. Henry

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Stationed: RAF Mildenhall, UK
Unit Assigned: 7th Special Operations Squadron
Date Fell: Thursday, March 31st, 2005
Albania Plane Crash Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery

Albania Plane Crash Memorial with TSgt Henry in the Arlington National Cemetery, VA

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TSgt James R. Henry, age 39, from Valparaiso, Florida, was killed in a plane crash in Albania.

He was born on February 26th, 1975 and was a Loadmaster on the MC130H Talon II.

An MC-130H Combat Talon II, USAF 87-0127, c/n 5118, "Wrath 11", of the 7th Special Operations Squadron, 352d Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, departed Tirana-Rinas Airport, Albania, for a night training mission to work on terrain-following and avoidance skills, airdrops and landing using night-vision goggles.

The aircraft was flying 300 feet above the mountainous terrain when it was approaching a ridge. The airplane was not able to clear the ridge and stalled as the crew attempted to climb away. The aircraft struck the ridge, destroying the aircraft and killing all nine crew members on board, including TSgt Henry.

He is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.