01/02.06.1942 No. 460 Squadron Wellington IV Z1344 UV-W F/O. Allan J. Holland
Date: 01/02nd June 1942 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No. 460 Squadron
Type: Wellington IV
Base: RAF Breighton, Yorkshire
Location: Flushing (Vissingen) Western Schelde
Pilot: F/O. Allan James Holland 43286 RAFVR Injured - PoW No: 30 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria L3
Pilot: Sgt. Clifford Stanley Douglas AUS/406349 RAAF Age 21. Injured - PoW No: 25085 Camp: Stalag Lamsdorf 344
Obs: Sgt. Arthur Patrick Dansey AUS/400080 RAAF Age 21. Injured - PoW No: 811 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug L6
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Dudley Raymond Beinke AUS/406136 RAAF Age 21. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. William Desmond Cheese AUS/408046 RAAF Age 21. Injured
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas Lincoln Watkins AUS/407308 RAAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 23:21 hrs from RAF Breighton, Yorkshire to take part in the second large 1000 bomber raid on Essen, although the full quota could not be mustered on this night - 956 aircraft did take part made up from 545 Wellingtons, 127 Halifaxes, 77 Stirlings, 74 Lancasters, 71 Hampdens, 33 Manchesters and 29 Whitleys did make up the force.
The ground was covered in haze or low cloud resulting in very scattered bombing. Reports from Essen stated that 11 houses were destroyed and 184 damaged. A PoW camp was burnt out - this all resulted in 15 people killed and 91 injured. The scattering of the bombing also killed 83 people in Oberhausen, 52 killed in Dusberg and 15 killed in Mulheim.
The raid took it's toll on the bomber force with 35 aircraft lost. A total of 140 aircrew were killed and 47 made PoW.
Above: Usual crew of Z1344 L-R: 2nd Pilot George Grand (1), Thomas Watkins, Doug Hurditch, Dudley Beinke, Buff Cheese and Arthur Dansey - believed to have been taken at Breighton Aprl/May 1942 (courtesy Doug Hurditch via Ronald Dean Munro)
Statement made by the pilot F/O. Allan Holland and sent via the Australian Red Cross on the 11th December 1942:
“On the night of the 01st June at about sea level, my aircraft was hit by enemy action and badly damaged and put on fire. Five or six seconds afterwards we hit the sea. The aircraft must have broken up on hitting the water and part of it sank immediately, while other parts remained out of the water.
I fought my way up tp the surface, as did Sgt’s Dansey, Cheese, Beinke and Douglas. Fire was still blazing on the surface but we managed to swim into open water. I am afraid that the rear gunner, whose name I think is Sgt. Williams was drowned, as I have heard nothing of him since.
A ship picked us up fifteen minutes later, but I am afraid that Sgt. Beinke died as he was taken from the water. We were taken to a Hospital at Bergen-Op-Zoom, where we were given good medical attention.
Sgt Dansey and I both had a broken leg each and Sgt. Douglas had been wounded in the thigh and foot. Sgt. Cheese, who was suffering from severe concussion, and two broken legs, one of which had to be amputated died about six weeks later, although he was given every attention. He was buried with full military honours in the local cemetery.
I left Sgt. Dansey on the 09th September, still in hospital. I expect him to be there for another six weeks, when he will be able to move around sufficiently to be moved. Sgt. Douglas is quite recovered.
Will you please convey our sincere sympathies to the relatives of the above.”
A statement made by Sgt. Arthur Patrick Dansey:
“Sgt. D.R. Beinke died from wounds received to his chest. He was picked up by and AA ship but died aboard. Sgt. W.D. Cheese died in hospital approximately five weeks after being shot down. He had an amputated right leg, wounds to the head and a broken left ankle. I can give no information about Sgt. T.L. Watkins except that his body was picked up in Boulogne river some weeks later.” (note: recovered on the 19th June from the delta of the Schelde)
Surviving crew details:
F/O. Allan James Holland - Born in Australia on the 23rd January 1919 - next of kin: Mr. W.G. Holland of 84A Gibson Street, Bowden, South Australia.
Sgt. Clifford Stanley Douglas - Born in Albany on the 08th June 1921 - next of kin: Mr. T.E. Douglas of Albany Road, Armadale, West Australia.
Sgt. Arthur Patrick Dansey - Born in Melbourne on the 16th June 1921 - next of kin: Mr.A.D. Dansey of 101 Wattletree Road, Malvern SE4, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The Squadron lost another crew to Oblt. Dr. Horst Patuschka of 7./Njg3 at 02:34 hrs. Wellington Z1311 UV-Z Flown by 22 year old, Fl/Sgt. John Francis Walsh AUS/404701 RAAF from Gympie, Queensland, Australia - killed with all five other members of his crew.
(1) 22 year old P/O. George Albert Grand AUS/402948 RAAF from Casino, New South Wales, Australia - Believed to have lost his life on Wellington Z1422 UV-W on a gardening operation when the aircraft lost in the sea near Quiberon, France on the 04th August 1942 - all 4 other RAAF crew also lost.
Sgt. Dudley Raymond Beinke. Flushing Northern Cemetery (Vlissingen). Row W. Grave 27. Born on the 03rd May 1921 at Denial Bay, South Australia, the son of Theodor Emil and Marie Antonia Beinke, of Prospect, South Australia.
Sgt. William Desmond Cheese. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery. Grave 3D.5. Born on the 13th July 1921 in Currie, Tasmania, the son of Arthur Reginald and Elsie Isabelle Cheese, of Naracoopa, King Island, Tasmania, Australia.
Sgt. Thomas Lincoln Watkins. Flushing Northern Cemetery (Vlissingen). Row B. Grave 32. Born on the 20th March 1921 in North Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Thomas George and Lena Myra Watkins, of 2 Ashford Road, Keswick, South Australia.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Ronald Dean Munro and the crews former pilot, Doug Hurditch. Thanks also to the daughters of the pilot, Katharina Holland and Delia Holland-Jones who contacted us in March 2017 with correct details and photograph. Other sources in addition to the Australian National Archives shown below.