Dudley Raymond BEINKE

BEINKE, Dudley Raymond

Service Number: 406136
Enlisted: 15 August 1940
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Denial Bay, South Australia, 3 May 1921
Home Town: Ceduna, Ceduna, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Chemist's Assistant
Died: Flying Battle, Coast of Holland, Netherlands, 2 June 1942, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery
Row B, Grave 27,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ceduna Murat Bay and District WW2 Honour Roll, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

15 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 406136, Perth, Western Australia
15 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 406136
2 Jun 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 406136, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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The adopted son of Theodor Emil and Marie Antonia Beinke, of Prospect, South Australia.

Born Dudley Raymond KLOEDEN to Maria Lina KLOEDEN at Ceduna, South Australia. His Father is "believed" to have been Fred KING. Lina and Fred did marry afterwards and had other children.

Lina is burried in the Ceduna Cemetery, SA; and Theodor Emil and Marie Antonia Beinke are buried in the Salisbury Memorial Park, Salisbury, SA.


Dudley was part of the crew (an air gunner) of Wellington Z1344.  

Aircraft was Wellington Z 1344 of 460 squadron.  Piloted by F/O Holland, (RAFVR but Australian born) Z1344 took off from RAF Breighton in Yorkshire on 1 June 1942 to take part in the second "Thousand Bomber Raid" on the Ruhr, but only 956 of the target total could be mustered; over half were Wellingtons.  35 aircraft were lost 140 aircrew killed and 47 injured.  460 Squadron lost a second Wellington, shot down by a night fighter with the loss of all the crew.

Holland reported that, approaching the Dutch cost and flying close to sea level they were hit by anti-aircraft fire which set the aircraft on fire.  Five or six seconds later it hit the sea and sank in pieces almost immediately.  All but Watkins, the Rear Gunner, made it to the surface.  They were picked by a German Anti Aircraft ship.  Bienke died as after being taken on board, from extensive injuries.  SGT Cheese later died of his wounds.  The remainder became PoW.

The raid 

See Aircrew Remembered link