Barclay John Henshaw

                                                     ┌── Barclay William Henshaw
                                                     │    1863-1950 
                        ┌── Barclay Newlin Henshaw ──┤
                        │    1896-1989               │
                        │                            └── Flora Alice Newlin
                        │                                 1867-1947 
Barclay John Henshaw ───┤
B: 1920                 │                            ┌── Nelson J. Baldwin
D: 1943                 │                            │
                        └── Bessie E. Baldwin ───────┤
                             1897-1983               │
                                                     └── Mary Jane Willmott
M: Shirley Tamill
   └── Steven John Henshaw (1942-1943) 1

Barclay John Henshaw     [ID 16047] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Mar 17 1920, Denver, Denver County, Colorado.1,2,3,4  

He married Shirley Tamill1 [Shirley Tramilo2], Feb 9 19421.  

Barclay John Henshaw died Feb 18 1943, Seattle, King County, Washington; age 22.1,2,4  Death certificate #955.4  

Barclay was a civilian engineer, killed in a test flight of a U.S. Army bomber during World War II.5,6  

The following article was published in "The Helena Independent" (Helena, Montana) on Friday, February 19, 1934:5

Bomber Strikes
Seattle Meat
Packing Plant

Nationally Known Test
Pilot Among
Killed in Crash, Fire

Seattle, Feb. 18. -- (AP) -- A mighty four-motored Boeing bomber crashed into a packing plant in Seattle's south end today, killing 28 persons as it spread flaming death and destruction through the four-story building.  

Eleven of the dead, including Edmund T. Allen, nationally famed test pilot, were aboard the plane.  

At least three employes of the Frye Packing company were burned to death and company officials reported nearly a score still unaccounted for.  Many of these were believed to have made their way from the flaming building to safety.  

Thirteen injured persons, some with serious burns, were listed in the city's hospitals


Four persons were reported to have attempted parachute jumps to safety, but the crippled craft, with motors afire, was too low for opening of their 'chutes.  A witness said "they never had a chance."  

Whether or not Allen was at the controls was not known.  

Frye company officials made a rough preliminary estimate of $250,000 damage to the packing house from the crash and flames.  

With two motors burning, the plane dived into the building after striking power wires neaby.  There was an explosion.  Within seconds, fire had spread over a 100-foot area of the building and were leaping 50 feet into the air.  

T. J. McBride, a government engineer, who dashed into the plant after the crash, said several men were believed trapped in an elevator that was stalled between floors.  The crash cut off the power.  McBride believed they were killed when the fire burned through the cable and the elevator dropped to its pit.  

The Boeing company released tonight the following list of 10 aboard the plane with Allen, identified only as flight crew members:

Robert Dansfield, Edward Wersebe, Fritz Mohn, Charles E. Blaine, Harry W. Ralston, Barclay Henshaw, Robert Maxfield, Vincent North, Thomas Lankford and Ray Besel.  

Workers at the Frye plant said that if the bomber had crashed into the building 10 minutes later, after employees returned from lunch, the death toll would have been much higher.  

Russell Looker, a truck driver who witnessed the tragedy, described the scene:

"Flames were shooting out from the bomber's engines.  It got awfully low.  Then I saw two men leap from the plane.  Their parachutes seemed to open, but it was too low to do them any good.  One of them landed on a high tension wire.  There was a blinding flash.  Then he dropped to the ground.  The other man hit a bank about 100 feet away.  I ran over to them, but both of them seemed to be dead."  


One of the first groups to reach the scene was composed of eight members of an antiaircraft unit boxing team, heading for the weighing-in for a northwest tournament.  Rushing into the burning building and supporting ladders outside, they rescued an estimated 10 persons.  

Boeing officials tonight attributed the crash to "a fire which developed in an engine in the course of a regular test flight."  


Denver, Feb. 18. -- (AP) -- State Senator Charles E. Blaine of Delta county, Colo., was informed late tonight of the death of his son, Charles E. Blaine, Jr., 26, in a bomber crash near Seattle, Wash., today.  Young Blaine was a flight research engineer for the aircraft company.  


Seattle, Feb. 18. -- (AP) -- The list of missing and dead in today's crash of a four-motored bomber into the Frye packing plant here stood as follows tonight:

Edmund T. Allen, pilot; Robert Danefield, co-pilot; Ed Wersebe, Fritz Mohn, Clarles Blaine, Harry Ralston, Barclay Henshaw, Robert Maxfield, Vincent North, Thomas Lankford, Ray Basel, all crew members.  August (Gus) Hoba, Frye employe.  

The following Frye employes were listed as missing:

Fred A. Hoba, son of the first identified Frye victim.  F. E. Kern, Phillippe Lebeau of Ronald, Wash.; Oscar Tuft, A. Ricci, A.J. Fowler, Dominic Amoroso, John Skorpon, August Lingholm, Richard Faulkner, Mrs. Mary Rosella, Sam Ovensoff, Frank Lopez, Harry Fargin, Joe Hoy, Herman Burnison.

The following article was published in "The Helena Independent" (Helena, Montana) on Saturday, February 20, 1934:6

New Fire Starts in
Seattle Meat
Packing Building

Brings to 29 List of
Dead and Missing
After Bomber Crash

Seattle, Feb. 19. -- (AP) -- A new fire broke out in the smouldering ruins of the Frye packing house today, claimed another life and brought to 29 the list of dead and missing resulting from the crash of a four-motored army bomber into the plant.  

The big Boeing bomber, on a test flight, flew for 20 miles with a motor ablaze before it crashed into the building near its home field, where Pilot Edmund T. Allen, Boeing's director of flight and aerodynamics, was trying to bring it down.  

The plane began to disintegrate over the city, dropping parts of one motor and a wing over a section of Seattle.  One wing was in flames when it crashed during the noon hour yesterday.  

The bomber's 11 civilian occupants were killed.  Seventeen people were injured, two critically, when the flaming bomber turned the plant into an inferno.  

Ten bodies were recovered but rescue squads said it might be days before all were found and identified.  

The twenty-ninth victim was a fireman, asphyxiated by the second outbreak of fire.  

Identified dead included August Hoba, a department manager.  His son, Fred A., who took his physical examination yesterday for induction into the army, was among those missing.  The body of the only woman victim, Mrs. Mary Roselle, 59, also was recovered.  

Among the civilian occupants of the bomber who were killed were two Colorado engineers -- Barclay J. Henshaw, 23, and Charles E. Blaine, Jr., 26.

(photo)Photo: Barclay John Henshaw 1938 "Coloradan" yearbook, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 7

(photo)Photo: John Barclay Henshaw 1939 "Coloradan" yearbook, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 7

(photo)Photo: Death of Barclay John Henshaw "The Greeley Daily Tribune", Friday, Feb 19 1943 8


  1. Contribution from Joan Henshaw.
  2. Ancestry Family Tree, posted by Joan Elizabeth Henshaw;
  3. 1930 census, Denver, Denver County, Colorado; roll T626-232, ED 218, page 2A, line #47, dwelling #40, family #40.
  4. Washington Death Index, 1940-1996;
  5. "The Helena Independent", Feb 19 1943;
  6. "The Helena Independent", Feb 20 1943;
  7. U.S. School Yearbooks;
  8. "The Greeley Daily Tribune", Feb 19 1943;

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