Flight Sergeant Frederick Jack BEAN

Service No: 430920
Born: Coburg VIC, 17 September 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 April 1943
Unit: No. 467 Squadron, RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 467 Squadron Lancaster aircraft PB306), Germany, 2 February 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Durnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Vere Jack and Helen Edith Bean, of Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Mordialloc VIC
Remembered: Panel 110, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

No. 5 Group’s first contribution to the new campaign against enemy communications was a raid on 1st-2nd February by 271 Lancasters against the town and marshalling yards at Siegen, another new target to the east of Cologne. … The following night at Karlsruhe No. 463 lost one crew and No. 467 two, in addition to three members ordered to bale out of a burning Lancaster (1) before the fire was extinguished and its captain was able to fly it safely back to base .

(1) No. 467 Squadron Lancaster PD 231 (Flying Officer Keith Roy Swain DFC (427485) (Pilot))

Extract from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Over Europe 1944-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1963 – Page 412

Lancaster PB306 took off from RAF Waddington at 1951 hours on the night of 2/3rd February 1945 to bomb Karlsruhe, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Nineteen aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid and two of these including PB 306 failed to return. In a report by the Missing, Research and Enquiry Service operating in Germany post war it reported that an inspection of German documents and other investigations established that the aircraft was shot down and crashed near Karlsdoff on 2 February 1945. Karlsdoff is a village approximately 12 miles north east of Karlsruhe.

The crew members of PB306 were:

Flight Sergeant Frederick Jack Bean (430920) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Phillip John Carter (435334) (Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Noel Caesar Sidney Colley (130650) (RAF) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Frank Edgar Everatt (427311) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Dennis George Howdle (1866651) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flying Officer James Magnus Inkster (432191) (Second Pilot)
Pilot Officer Allan Harry Pearce (428480) (Bomb Aimer)
Warrant Officer Bertram Forbes Weber (434068) (Navigator)

No. 463 Squadron lost Lancaster ME290 (Flying Officer Richard Kay Oliver (429124) (Pilot)) on 2 February 1945.

No. 467 Squadron lost Lancaster LM100 (Flying Officer Alton Neil Goulburn Robinson (422885) (Pilot)) on 2 February 1945.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705,166/5/928

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