Accident Vickers Wellington Mk IV Z1344, Tuesday 2 June 1942
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Date:Tuesday 2 June 1942
Time:01:37 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers Wellington Mk IV
Owner/operator:460 Sqn RAAF
Registration: Z1344
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Westerschelde estuary near Vlissingen, Zeeland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Breighton
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 23:21 hrs for participation in the second 1000 bomber raid; this time the target being Essen, Germany.
The aircraft was hit by heavy (schwere) and light (leichte) Flak, and crashed.

Fg Off Holland, Sgt Douglas and Sgt Dansey became POW’s. In a later statement by Fg Off Holland he reported “ On June 1st 1942 at about sea level, my aircraft was hit by enemy aircraft. It was badly damaged and put on fire. Five or six seconds after we hit the sea. The aircraft broke up. Part of the aircraft sank immediately and other parts were on the water. I fought my way to the surface as well as Dansey, Cheese, Beinke and Douglas. The fire was blazing on the surface and we swam to open water. We were picked up by ship about 15 minutes later. Watkins drowned and Beinke died while being taken out of the water

The others were injured and taken to hospital at Bergen op Zoom. Cheese died
later and the others recovered”. The bodies of Flt Sgt Beinke and Sgt Watkins were recovered from the Westerschelde estuary and rest at Vlissingen. Sgt Cheese who became a POW, succumbed to his injuries on 20 July 1942 and is buried in the Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery in Noord-Brabant:

Pilot:43286 Fg Off Alan James Holland RAAF PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 30 (Commission Gazetted : Wednesday 10 April, 1940)
Co-Pilot:436349 Sgt Clifford Stanley Douglas - Wounded PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 25085.
Observer:400080 Sgt. Arthur Patrick Dansey - Wounded PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 811.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:406136 Flt Sgt Dudley Raymond Beinke RAAF Flushing(Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery B 27. Found Westerschelde 2 June 42
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:407308 Flt Sgt Thomas Lincoln Watkins RAAF Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery B 32. Found Westerschelde 2 June 42
Air Gunner:408046 Sgt William Desmond Cheese RAAF Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery 3 D 5 Died of Wounds 20 July 42.

The Gazette of 3rd February 1948 shows that F/O Holland was promoted to Flight Lieutenant.


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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
01-Jun-2017 06:55 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2018 15:09 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2018 16:55 Red Dragon Updated [Narrative]
23-Oct-2018 19:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
22-Apr-2020 17:54 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2022 13:58 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
22-May-2024 08:20 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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