LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Rayden Kingsley Ross DUNNING

Service No: 407317
Born: Ramco SA, 15 October 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 September 1940
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Darwin NT
Died: Air Operations (No. 2 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-170), Timor, 25 October 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Rayden Osmond John and Eva Beatrice Caroline Dunning, of Gilberton, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Waikerie SA
Remembered: Panel 7, Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide River NT
Remembered: Panel 98, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Three Hudsons were sent against Penfoei on 25 October. Flight Sergeant Alan Hawkesford (1) (A16-181) led Flying Officer Keith Mills (2) (A16-160) and Flight Sergeant Rayden Dunning (A16-170), but just before making landfall on the south coast of Timor at Cape Mali, Dunning’s crew lost formation and his Hudson was not seen again.

(1) Flight Lieutenant Alan Wildy Hawkesford DFC (406484) was discharged from the RAAF on 1 February 1946.
(2) Flying Officer Keith Rosslyn Mills (405637) was killed on air operations on 20 April 1943.

Extract from Bennett, J. (John) Highest Traditions: The History of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, AGPS Canberra, 1995 – Pages 174-5

The crew members of A16-170 who all came from South Australia were:

Pilot Officer Rayden Kingsley Ross Dunning (407317) (Pilot)
Sergeant Dean Walter Francis (416665) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Lindsay Hubert Skene Fraser (5103) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Michael Leonard Kenihan (407437) (Observer)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 136

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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