Henry S. Mirrow (Hank)

Hank Mirrow's father Henry (Hank) served at Burtonwood from September 1943 to May 1946.  During his time at Burtonwood Hank took lots of photographs which have been  painstakingly scanned by his son.  They are reproduced here for everyone to enjoy including a brief history about Hank.  If anyone would like to contact Hank jnr. his email address is: Hankm@heilconstruction.com  


Henry S. Mirrow (Hank) entered service shortly after Dec... 7 like most American men.  He tried to get into the navy flight training however they turned him down due to his eyesight but the Air Corp took him.  He went to basic training in Boca Raton Florida and then went to flight training where he washed out due to severe vertigo. So the Army Air Corp sent him to Yale University where he when to aircraft maintenance engineering qualifying as an aeronautical engineer. Hank went over to Burtonwood where he was assigned to HQ of the 401st AD  his function was an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer. Second Lt. Mirrow was soon advanced in rank to 1st. Lt. and became one of the bases ground safety officers and he remained at this post for the balance of his service.  He got the opportunity to travel all over the U.K. visiting other air bases and instructing the ground and air crews on safety issues.  He went as a ride along on a combat mission his first but not last trip to Germany .  Shortly after VE day he was sent to Berlin where he and his associates were attacked by Hitler youth gangs. The officers had to pull out their issued side arms to fend off the gang and were given commendations for their efforts. Not many air men were able to get a Bronze Star that was reserved for ground combat troops.  Hank stayed at Burtonwood at a time that he said was totally sad, the destruction of all of their aircraft. They took bulldozers with cables attached looped them around the fuselage of a plane and pulled, it just cut them in half and off to the scrap yard they went.  That was disarmament.  Hank returned home to Chicago in the spring of 46.  Got married to my mom and had my sister and then me. He passed away when I was young so many of the stories I heard are just recollections but we have the photos of Burtonwood, Warrington, London, and other places he went to confirm the history. 


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1st. eschelon garage.jpg (56876 bytes)

1st Eschelon garage

1st. Lt. Henry S. Mirrow.jpg (26200 bytes)

1st Lt. Henry S. Mirrow

3rd. eschelon garage Tinker Hall.jpeg (55742 bytes)

3rd Eschelon garage Tinker Hall

airearl shops.jpg (105951 bytes)

BRD Site

Cptn Nichols n major.jpg (23753 bytes)

Captain Nichols and Major

dad & major.jpg (23020 bytes)

Hank and Major

dad at door c47.jpg (21228 bytes)

Hank in C47 doorway

dad outside the office.jpg (14791 bytes)

Grand Opening Warrington Cinima.jpeg (91401 bytes)

Grand Opening of Warrington Cinema

Guard dog Major and Dad.jpeg (55681 bytes)

Hank and Major

Mess hall Burche Hall.jpeg (68305 bytes)

Bruche Hall

Nose Art ready.jpeg (51764 bytes)

Nose Art

officer club Bruche Hall.jpeg (94035 bytes)

Officers Club Briche Hall

Salvage pile.jpeg (61655 bytes)

Salvage Pile

shops.jpeg (111895 bytes)

BRD Site

Jug P-47.jpeg (53513 bytes)