Henry Hyde was born in New York City on 8/17/1923 to Ernest and Gladys Hyde. He had a younger sister Gladys and a younger brother, James. By 1930 the family was living in Teaneck, NJ. Henry attended Teaneck High School and graduated in 1940. He was a member of the High School Fishing Club, Senior Band, Radio Club and Rifle Club. He was described in his High School Yearbook as being musical. His ambition was to become an aeronautical engineer.
After Henry graduated from high school he attended Bergen College. Upon completion of his first year in 1941, Henry enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He transferred into the United States Air Force and graduated from Spence Field in Georgia as a fighter pilot. He was engaged to Eleanor Keller of Teaneck in November of 1943. He was sent overseas in March of 1944 and served as a Lieutenant in the 390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group.
On 6/7/44 Lieutenant Hyde was killed in action. On the aforementioned date, he was the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane on a mission in the area of Balleroy (Normandy Region) France. The mission required him to fly at a low altitude and strafe the enemy.
This courageous Air Force officer was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Air Medal. He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
High School Yearbook
- Henry George Hyde - Overview
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
- U. S. Headstone and Interment Records for U. S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949 for Henry G. Hyde
American Battle Monuments Commission
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
Find A Grave Website