John Hudson (Wendell) WILKINSON


WILKINSON, John Hudson

Service Number: 400444
Enlisted: 2 September 1940, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 83 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia, 18 February 1914
Home Town: Rutherglen, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Pharmacist
Died: Flying Battle, East Prussia, Germany, 30 August 1944, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Rutherglen WW2 Honour Wall, Rutherglen War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

2 Sep 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 400444, Melbourne, Victoria
30 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 400444, No. 83 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flight Lieutenant John Hudson Wilkinson 400444 was reported missing in August 1944 aboard RAF 83 Squadron Lancaster PB249 - the target was Zielkeim in East Prussia (Germany)

His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Runnymede (Air Forces) Memorial, Surrey, England

In October 1942 he was on board Wellington HX775 which crash-landed on Las Palmas Island in the Canary Islands - the crew were interned by Spanish authorities until March 1943 - the other RAAF crewmen were Sergeant Hubert Edward Maxwell Howell 400304 who was discharged in May 1945 with the rank of Flying Officer & Sergeant Donald Drew Gardner 416257 who was discharged in March 1945 with the rank of Flying Officer