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RAAF.Serial RAF.Serial Type Aircraft History
A19-1 T4920 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
27/06/42 30 Sqn. Coded A (Parnell p.107).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot SQDLDR Read & Nav FLTSGT Greenhill (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
23/09/42 Shot down by Japanese ground fire when part of a seven aircraft attack of anti-aircraft positions at Buna. Crashed into a mangrove swamp and the remains were recovered when Australian troops occupied Buna.
Crew: Pilot FSGT G.W. Sayer & Nav SGT A.S. Mairet were killed on their first Beaufighter operation.
A19-2 T4921 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
15/06/42 30 Sqn Coded B (Parnell p.107).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF Roe & Nav FLTSGT Fisken (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
05/02/43 DAP.
Aircraft was fitted with American Wright Cyclone GR-2600-A5B 14 cylinder dual row radial engines with superchargers, in case the supply of Hercules engines from Great Britain was interrupted. As this never occurred no other Beaufighters were so converted. Its performance was slightly below the standard Hercules XVII and the bigger American engine required a new slightly larger nacelle which extended past the wing trailing edge. (Photo Parnell p.9 and Wilson p.88 dated 08/44 shows its rollout from DAP Fisherman's Bend in natural metal finish).
04/09/45 1 AD 27/02/46 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-2

A19-3 T4922 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
09/07/42 30 Sqn Coded C Name: 'Rags 1' (Parnell p.107) Dick p.96 quotes ground crew member Elton Marsden as having 'applied the camouflage paint to A19-3 at the hanger on Richmond', possibly Foliage Green / Earth Brown / Sky Blue?.
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training. Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Cec McKew & Nav SGT Lasscock (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
07/12/42 damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire in starboard wing.
14/12/42 15 RSU for repair.
13/02/43 30 Sqn
17/02/43 Damaged in takeoff accident.
23/04/43 One of four B Flight Beaufighters that strafed the wireless station near Komaitum NG.
15/06/43 Photo in Parnell p.25 shows A19-3 and A19-10 parked on Horn Island airstrip whilst escorting 76 Sqn Kittyhawks and 79 Sqn Spitfires to Goodenough Island. Still coded C.
12/07/43 Aircraft found to have developed fractures in fuselage.
16/07/43 5 AD for repair.
24/08/43 30 Sqn.
21/12/43 AWM Photo OGO281 shows Code LY-C at Goodenough Island. LY was the 30 Sqn code applied sometime in 1943 – does anyone have a precise date?.
13/02/44 An American Ventura attacked A19-3 whilst on a submarine search. No damage was inflicted on either aircraft (Parnell p.31).
30/03/44 5 AD. 06/08/44 5 OTU.
10/09/45 5 AD stored.
22/11/45 Aircraft earmarked for conversion to components but this was not carried out.
24/02/48 Struck Off.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-3/C 
30 Squadron, 
Crash landing Ward' Strip, 
4th December 1942, 
 via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-4 T4923 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
28/06/42 30 Sqn. Coded D (Parnell p.107).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot SQDLDR B. Walker & Nav PLTOFF J. Mason (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
18/11/42 Hit in rear fuselage and hydraulics shot-out by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Lae. Aircraft landed wheels-up at Wards (Dick p.35).
Crew: Pilot SQDLDR B. Walker & Nav PLTOFF J. Mason. (Photo Parnell p.16 and AWM P01335.006 where the colour scheme appears to be Foliage Green/Earth Brown/Sky Blue). 22/11/42 15 RSU for repair.
04/01/43 3 AD.
22/05/44 5 AD.
07/09/44 5 OTU.
08/11/44 Presumed crashed into sea off Williamtown NSW after overshooting airstrip in a night landing. Aircraft climbed away and disappeared. A port inner fuel tank was found washed up on the beach.
Crew: Pilot WOFF F.E. Smallhorn, Nav SGT B.G. Sparkman & SGT W.L. Mather.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-4/D . 
30 Squadron,
Crash landing
Ward's Strip, 
18h November 1942,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-5 T4924 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
08/05/42 The first Beaufighter to fly in Australia Bankstown NSW and was piloted by SQDLDR Ellis (email from G. Birkett 23/06/03).
03/08/42 30 Sqn Coded F (Parnell p.107). 18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training. Crew: Pilot FLTLT Welsh & Nav SGT Witheford (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
22/11/42 During a strike against Lae airstrip, A19-5 put a one second burst into a Zeke which had climbed up under its nose to attack another Beaufighter in front. Japanese anti-aircraft fire then hit A19-5 in the port nacelle and tyre (Dick p.35). The aircraft was further damaged on landing.
14/01/43 15 RSU for repair.
20/02/43 30 Sqn.
03/03/43 Participated in the Battle of the Bismark Sea.
Crew: Pilot: SQDLDR Ron 'Torchy' Uren & Nav FSGT Harry Suthons. A19-5 carried famous war correspondent Damien Parer standing behind the pilot with his cine camera balanced on the pilots head during strafing attacks upon Japanese ships (Dick p.84). 12/04/43 Holed in starboard mainplane and port flap during a major daylight Japanese bombing raid on Wards airstrip NG.
15/04/43 15 ARD for repair.
17/04/43 30 Sqn.
27/04/43 Ground Looped on takeoff when starboard engine failed wrenching off the starboard undercarriage.
02/05/43 15 ARD for repair.
29/06/43 30 Sqn. Coded LY-R. LY was the 30 Sqn code applied sometime in 1943 - does anyone have a precise date?.
12/07/43 Aircraft developed fractures in the fuselage. 22/07/43 5 AD for repair.
09/09/43 1 AD.
22/12/43 30 Sqn.
09/03/44 5 AD.
25/04/44 5 OTU.
13/12/44 Crashed north of Williamtown NSW during night flying training when the aircraft hit trees on approaching the flarepath.
Crew: Pilot FSGT Le Maistre.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-5/F,
30 Squadron,
Crash landed due to flak damage.
Ward's Strip, 
25th November 1942,   
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-6 T4925 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
15/06/42 30 Sqn. Coded G and named 'Hellzapoppin' (Parnell p.107).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot SGT Cummins & Nav WOFF Kirley.
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
04/07/43 5 AD.
21/01/44 5 OTU.
28/04/45 5 AD for complete overhaul.
13/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-6

A19-7 T4926 Mk.1c 26/03/42 1 AD.
22/06/42 30 Sqn.
17/07/42 Aircraft swung on take-off and starboard undercarriage collapsed.
20/07/42 7 RSU for repair.
25/10/42 2 AD.
06/05/43 30 Sqn.
01/07/43 Tail wheel failed on take-off on non-operational flight.
Fuselage fractures were found subsequently.
15/07/43 5 AD for repairs.
27/08/43 30 Sqn.
14/01/44 12 RSU for 240 hour inspection.
28/04/44 5 AD.
05/09/44 5 OTU.
20/10/44 Crashed during single engine landing at Old Bar airstrip.
01/11/44 2 CRD.
15/12/44 Converted to components.
A19-8 T4927 Mk.1c 26/03/42 1 AD.
20/07/42 30 Sqn Coded H (Parnell p.107).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT Ross Little & Nav PLTOFF Alec Spooner (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
22/11/42 During a strafing attack on Lae airstrip, A19-8 fired on a Zero that was attacking two other Beaufighters. The Zero turned away smoking from the engine but the kill was not confirmed (Parnell p.17).
Crew: Pilot FLTLT Little & Nav PLTOFF Spooner.
03/03/43 The same crew participated in the Battle of the Bismark Sea. A19-8 fired upon a Zero attacking a US Mitchell near the convoy. The Zero climbed, letting A19-8 pass underneath then half-rolled into its tail. To its surprise the Navigator returned fire with the single machine gun in the rear cupola. PLTOFF Spooner had recently designed the machine-gun mounting (Dick p.83).
25/04/43 5 AD.
18/07/43 31 Sqn.
15/09/43 Damaged when returning from operations.
01/11/43 14 ARD for repair.
30/04/44 5 AD.
11/08/44 Central Flying School.
13/08/44 Ground looped at Parkes NSW.
12/09/44 2 CRD. 21/09/44 Converted to components.
A19-9 T4928 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
27/06/42 30 Sqn Coded J (Parnell p.107).
8/08/42 One of 24 Beaufighters flown from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training. Crew: Pilot PLTOFF Sandford & Nav FSGT Jaggs (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby, tail strut collapsed on landing.
15/09/42 15 RSU for repair.
19/10/42 30 Sqn.
01/12/42 Took part in an inconclusive night strike on six Japanese destroyers off Buna.
07/12/42 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. Hit in port engine and rudder cable shot away resulting in a forced landing at Dobadura No2 Airstrip (email from Geoff Yeatman April 04).
19/02/43 The explosive charge in the 'Identify Friend or Foe' device exploded during take-off from Ward’s airstrip NG, as the previous crew had not disabled the electrical circuit before landing as required. The explosion caused the pilot to hurriedly abort the takeoff as he thought a tyre had blown (Dick p.74). A19-9 caught fire and was destroyed but the crew were uninjured.
Crew: Pilot POFF Col Campbell & Nav FLTSGT Jim Yeatman. A19-9 was replaced by A19-34.
A19-10 T4929 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
20/07/42 30 Squadron coded K (Parnell p.107).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training. C
rew: Pilot FSGT Campbell & Nav FST J. Yeatman (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
18/11/42 Crashed on landing at Wards airstrip NG.
20/11/42 15 RSU for repair.
20/12/42 30 Sqn.
03/03/43 Participated in the Battle of the Bismark Sea.
Crew: Pilot: FLGOFF Bob Bennett & Nav SGT Phil Edwards.
06/04/43 15 ARD.
28/04/43 30 Sqn.
15/06/43 Photo in Parnell p.25 shows A19-3 and A19-10 parked on Horn Island airstrip whilst escorting 76 Sqn Kittyhawks and 70 Sqn Spitfires to Goodenough Island. Still coded K.
02/07/43 Fractures discovered in the floor members supporting the cannon channels. 11/07/43 5 AD for repair.
26/01/44 5 OTU. Coded G (Parnell p.107, Photo in Wilson p.122 shows A19-10 in natural metal finish with a large black 'G').
06/09/45 5 AD.
03/11/45 stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-10

A19-11 T4930 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2AD.
17/08/42 30 Squadron coded L.
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot SGT M. Morgan & Nav SGT F. Cassidy (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
01/10/42 Starboard engine damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire at Sanananda but was able to return to Wards airstrip NG on one engine.
05/10/42 15 RSU repaired.
15/02/43 30 Sqn.
03/03/43 Participated in the Battle of the Bismark Sea.
Crew: Pilot: FLGOFF George Drury & Nav SGT Dave Beasley. A19-11 was attacked by a pair of covering Zeros when about to strafe convoy ships but escaped by diving to surface level and opening the throttles (Dick p.82).
22/03/43 Suffered damaged to wings during operations. FLGOFF Drury was renowned for returning from operations with palm fronds hanging from his aircraft (Dick p.88).
28/03/45 15 ARD for repair.
07/04/43 30 Sqn.
12/04/43 Major daylight raid by 45 bombers and 60 fighters on Port Moresby NG with 9 bombers concentrating on Wards airstrip. A19-11 was damaged when a Japanese bomb bounced off rear starboard wing before exploding (photo Parnell p.24 and Dick p.89).
30/05/43 15 ARD. Approved for conversion to components as unable to obtain sufficient spare parts for repairs.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-11/L
30 Squadron,
 Damaged after Japanese raid.
Ward's Strip, 
12th April 1943,    
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-12 T4931 Mk.1c 13/04/42 2 AD.
15/06/42 30 Sqn Richmond.
05/08/42 Aircraft missing between Richmond NSW and Laverton Vic. whilst carrying a cargo of spare parts.
07/08/42 Aircraft found crashed 260 meters below the north peak of Mt Disappointment, North of Whittlesea, 60kms from Melbourne.
Crew: PLTOFF L. Langusch & Nav SGT N. Greasley (enroute to visit his injured brother who had just been repatriated to Melbourne from the Middle East) were killed. (Source http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/vic18.htm).
A19-13 T4943 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
26/06/42 30 Sqn. Coded M (Parnell p.107). 13/07/42 Starboard engine seized requiring a forced-landed at Bourke NSW airstrip with no further damage.
Crew: FLGOFF Bill Willard & Nav PLTOFF Ralph Nelson (Dick p.11).
24/07/42 7 RSU for repair.
04/08/42 30 Sqn.
06/09/42 Along with A19-49 & A19-53, flown direct from Townsville and formed the first 30 Sqn detachment (A Flight) at Milne Bay.
Crew: Pilot FSGT Len Vial & Nav FSGT Les Hanks. (Baker & Knight p.396 & Dick p.114).
07/09/42 Ran off the airstrip on take-off at Fall River, Milne Bay NG and hit a Hudson parked in a dispersal bay. The pilot had taken off with the access hatch open, landed and closed the door. However A19-13 was now parked at an angle and in the rush to get airborne again, slewed off the wet metal runway. It tore off the Hudson's nose and the starboard wing and engine of the Beaufighter. (Baker & Knight p.317). In a series of four photos of the accident in Baker & Knight p.316, A19-13 appears to be in dark camouflage, possibly RAAF foliage green, earth brown, sky blue, even allowing for the mud. The code M is not visible on the fuselage.
20/09/42 15 RSU.
09/12/42 3 AD.
19/10/43 5 AD.
28/10/43 Converted to components.
A19-14 T4944 Mk.1c 20/04/42 2 AD.
27/06/42 30 Sqn. Coded N (Parnell p.107).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot SGT Butterfield & Nav SGT Mairet (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
15/01/43 Crashed, exploded and burnt just short of Wards airstrip, soon after take-off on a barge sweep. Pilot had signaled he was returning to base because of faulty rudder control (Dick p.57). The RAAF status cards list engine failure as the cause.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF Bruce Stevens & Nav SGT Stewart Cameron were killed.
Photo of funeral in Parnell p.19.
A19-15 T4945 Mk.1c 04/05/42 2 AD.
20/07/42 30 Sqn Coded O (Parnell p.107). Shield on nose (Photo Pentland p.63).
18/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Brazenor & Nav SGT Anderson (Dick p.17).
12/09/42 flew to Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
17/11/42 Took part in a surprise raid on Lae airstrip which destroyed 2 Sallys and 4 Zeros on the ground (Parnell p.17).
21/11/42 Hit in the tail wheel by a Zero's machine-gun fire over Lae airstrip (Dick p.35).
10/01/43 Sighted a stranded American, Lt J. Childers on a beach north of Mambare and dropped supplies. A Coastwatcher later arranged the rescue Lt Childers. 01/43 There is a classic profile photo of A19-15 in flight when returning from a raid on Salamaua in Parnell p.18.
12/07/43 Fractures discovered in fuselage.
27/07/43 5 AD for repair.
14/09/43 5 OTU.
16/10/43 Belly-landed Williamtown NSW due to hydraulic failure.
18/10/44 Aircraft retained at 5 OTU as Instructional Airframe No4.
11/09/47 DAP.
16/11/49 Disposed of by DAP.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-15

A19-16 T4946 Mk.1c 26/06/42 1 AD.
30/10/42 31 Sqn.
02/05/43 Returned to Coomalie NT when a hatch detached in flight whilst outward bound on a raid on Penfoei airstrip.
12/05/43 Badly damaged during strafing attack by three Zeros (fawn coloured with black cowl) after landing at Millingimbi, N.T. (Parnell p.44)
13/05/43 4 RSU for repair.
30/06/43 31 Sqn.
29/08/43 4 RSU for double engine change.
05/10/43 31 Sqn.
23/01/44 4 ARD for installation of long range fuel tanks and re-camouflaging.
20/05/44 31 Sqn.
24/05/44 5 AD.
11/09/44 5 OTU.
08/12/44 Struck tree in flight near Williamtown airstrip, damaging the port engine but landed safely.10/09/45 5 AD for repair.
13/11/45 Stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-17 T4947 Mk.1c 04/05/42 1 AD.
18/06/42 30 Sqn.
08/08/42 Crash-landed at Richmond when one wheel failed to extend.
Crew: Pilot SGT Col Campbell & Nav FSGT Jim Yeatman (email from Geoff Yeatman April 04 notes that Jim Yeatman’s logbook does not support his presence).
12/08/42 7 RSU.
25/10/42 31 Sqn.
19/05/42 14 ARD Double engine change and 240 hour inspection.
15/05/42 31 Sqn Coomalie NT.
02/03/43 A19-17 piloted by Bluey Armstrong was returning to base from a cross-country exercise when Coomalie was strafed by 6 Zeros. Three Zeros attacked A19-17 but it escaped by opening the throttles and heading south (McDonald p.59).
30/08/43 A19-17 was part of a 6 Beaufighter strike on Taberfane and shot down a Pete seaplane, which had just taken off.
Crew: Pilot FOFF J.D. Entwistle & Nav SGT D.A. Webb (Parnell p.45). 1
9/10/43 Crashed into the ocean returning from operations Trangan Aru Island Crew: Pilot FLGOFF F.H. Cridland & Nav PLTOFF R.B. De Pierres were killed. Mann p.114 reports that A19-17, one of 8 Beaufighters that raided a newly constructed airstrip near Taberfane seaplane base was seen to be lagging behind after leaving the target area. Dropping alongside A19-17, the CO (possibly Mann?) saw the Navigator leaning over the slumped and wounded pilot, handling the controls. The Navigator was ordered to bailout immediately, and await rescue by a Catalina, because it was impossible to reach the foot operated rudder controls to stop the Beaufighter from entering a spiral dive. The Navigator refused to abandon the unconscious pilot and soon after A19-17's starboard wing dropped and, with one arm around the pilot, he waved a final farewell (Mann p.114).

Beaufighter A19-17

A19-18 T4970 Mk.1c 26/06/42 1 AD.
02/11/42 5 OTU
16/01/43 Damaged port leading edge and engine nacelle when hit a tree during low level formation flying practice.
27/04/43 5 AD for repair.
22/06/43 31 Sqn.
21/08/43 Starboard oil cooler damaged by ricochet when on convoy duty and the starboard engine was damaged beyond repair due to loss of oil.
25/08/42 4 RSU for repair.
21/09/43 31 Sqn.
11/10/43 Bellylanded in minefield at Bagot Road NT.
24/10/43 14 ARD.
26/11/43 Converted to components.
A19-19 T4971 Mk.1c 04/05/42 1 AD.
22/06/42 30 Sqn.
12/08/42 7 RSU.
25/10/42 2 AD.
12/01/43 30 Sqn.
03/03/43 Participated in the Battle of the Bismark Sea.
Crew: Pilot: FSGT Len Vial & Nav PLTOFF Ralph Nelson.
Damaged in fuselage by a Zero whilst attacking the convoy. The Nav deterred the attacker by flashing his red addis lamp causing the Zero to break off the attack (Dick p.83).
27/05/43 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire whilst strafing and crashed north-eastern end of Lae airstrip, NG.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT E.D. Eddison & Nav SGT R.M. Allott were killed.
A19-20 T4972 Mk.1c 26/06/42 1 AD.
22/09/42 31 Sqn.
30/09/42 Tail wheel collapsed when taxiing at Forest Hill NSW.
04/10/42 5 AD for repair.
25/10/42 31 Sqn.
29/12/42 Ditched about one kilometer off the coast of Timor.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF G. Gabb & Nav SGT D.A. Webb swam ashore, evaded the Japanese and were found by a patrol of Australian commandos from Sparrow force.
The crew returned to Australia on 10/01/43 aboard the RAN Destroyer 'Arunta'.
A19-21 T4973 Mk.1c 27/04/42 2 AP.
02/08/42 2 AD.
06/09/42 Port undercarriage failed damaging port wing and propeller.
07/07/42 5 AD for repair.
08/10/42 31 Sqn.
27/01/43 Forced landing at Batchelor NT following an engine failure.
01/02/43 1 RSU.
04/03/43 31 Sqn.
13/09/43 4 RSU.
13/10/43 31 Sqn.
02/11/43 Damaged rear fuselage and rudder on landing from operations.
05/11/43 4 RSU for repair.
22/11/43 31 Sqn.
11/01/44 5 AD.
03/08/44 5 OTU coded K.
14/02/45 Forced landed on Stockton Beach near Newcastle NSW after mid-air collision with A19-48 which hit underneath A19-21 at 1300 feet in circuit Williamtown. The starboard engine was damaged and as fully feathering propellers were not fitted, the pilot, FLGOFF A.S. Burton was unable to maintain height. (Photo Parnell p.73 in camoflague colours white K).
A19-22 T4974 Mk.1c 26/06/42 1 AD.
13/10/42 31 Sqn.
23/12/42 Crashed while strafing at Fog Bay Timor.
Crew: Pilot WOFF M.C. Smith & Nav SGT R.T. Hand.
A19-23 T4975 Mk.1c 04/06/42 1 AD.
09/11/42 5 OTU.
30/03/43 Damaged starboard under-carriage during night landing at Forrest Hill airstrip NSW.
31/03/43 5 AD for repair.
18/07/43 5 OTU.
17/09/43 Damaged on landing.
19/10/43 5 AD for engine change.
05/04/44 5 OTU.
25/06/44 Damaged.
29/06/44 5 AD for repair.
08/07/44 Forced landed due to starboard engine failure, 5 miles south west of Berrigan NSW whilst on ferry flight to 5 OTU.
29/07/44 5 AD.
22/09/44 2 CRD Converted to components.
A19-24 T4976 Mk.1c 19/05/42 1 AD.
13/10/42 31 Sqn.
19/05/42 In the early hours of the morning six RAAF Beaufighters, led by FLTLT P.E. Biven took to the skies for an early morning attack on the Japanese held airfield at Penfoei, West Timor, at sunrise. What was supposed to be a surprise attack became an even bigger surprise for the raiders when they found the Japanese defenders thoroughly alerted. The Japanese opened up with a heavy barrage of anti-aircraft fire when the Beaufighters began to make a strafing run through the airfield destroying two bombers on the ground. Beaufighters A19-29 and A19-58 were both hit by anti-aircraft gunfire and are believed to have crashed into the hills south of the airfield while A8-45 also hit by anti-aircraft fire crashed into the Timor Sea. After the strafing enemy aircraft, that had been on patrol over the airfield at the time, attacked the remaining Beaufighters and continued their attacks for 100 miles out to sea but they could not get close enough for effective damage (Extract From Dean Norman’s unpublished work on RAAF Aircrew Losses).
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF Evan James Frith 420180 & Nav PLTOFF H.I. McLennon were killed.
A19-25 T4977 Mk.1c 18/05/42 1 AD.
14/07/42 Engine failed after take off causing aircraft to stall at Laverton.
17/04/42 Converted to components.
A19-26 T4978 Mk.1c 26/06/43 1AD.
11/10/42 31 Sqn.
27/10/42 Damaged when part undercarriage callopsed Forest Hill NSW.
02/11/42 5 AD for repair.
12/02/42 5 OTU
20/03/43 Crashed landed with wheels retracted Forest Hill NSW.
26/03/43 5 AD Converted to components.
A19-27 T4991 Mk.1c 04/05/42 1 AD.
03/11/42 5 OTU
31/01/43 Starboard under-carriage callopsed on landing.
16/02/43 5 AD.
24/04/43 30 Sqn. Coded H. "TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE" nose art on port side and name "Pandemonium" on the starboard side of the nose.
08/06/43 Crash landed when port under-carriage failed Wards PNG.
11/06/43 15 ARD.
03/05/44 5 AD.
01/07/44 Converted to components.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-27

A19-28 T4992 Mk.1c 04/05/42 1 AD.
22/06/42 30 Sqn. Coded P (Parnell p.108)
10/11/42 Damaged in fuselage by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
27/01/43 Damaged by enemy action at Wards airstrip NG.
31/01/43 15 RSU for repair.
25/04/43 3 AD.
22/10/44 Central Flying School Point Cook.
04/11/45 engine change.
12/11/45 1 Comms Unit.
29/06/51 Sold to R.H. Grant Trading Coy for scrap.

Beaufighter A19-28 
and A19-33

A19-29 T4993 Mk.1c 19/05/42 1 AD.
13/10/42 31 Sqn.
19/05/42 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Penfoei.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF Evan James Frith 420180 & Nav PLTOFF H.I. McLennon.

Beaufighter A19-29

A19-30 T4994 Mk.1c 19/05/42 1 AD.
30/09/42 30 Sqn.
24/11/42 Port engine holed by machine-gun fire (email Geoff Yeatman April 04).
01/03/43 1 AD.
07/03/43 30 Sqn.
24/06/43 31 Sqn.
16/09/43 Low on fuel and put down on beach after raid on Taberfane Indonesia but struck a bird, damaging the air cooler.
Crew: Pilot Ellis & Nav SGT J. McVinish. Fuel and spare parts ferried in by a Hudson.
25/09/43 swung on take off during recovery from the forced landing damaging the undercarriage
28/09/43 4 RSU.
07/03/44 5 AD.
03/05/44 Converted to components.
A19-31 T4995 Mk.1c 18/05/42 1 AD.
10/07/42 Port engine failed on take-off for a test flight but aircraft landed safely.
18/09/42 31 Sqn. Name: 'Feaubighter' (Parnell p.108). Photo AWM PO1164-014 is believed to be of this aircraft. 04/11/42 Coomalie NT.
17/11/42 One of 3 Beaufighters from B Flight that participated in 31 Sqns first operational sortie. The intended target was Bobanaro, East Timor but just short of the target the lead Beaufighter crashed into the ocean. The second Beaufighter then had engine trouble and A19-31 aborted the mission and escorted it back to base (McDonald p.15).
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Ken McDonald & Nav PLTOFF Frank Magee regularly flew A19-31.
12/42 20mm cannon converted from cannister to belt feed.
02/03/43 A replacement pilot flew A19-31 on a area familiarisation flight but on return did not park in a dispersal bay which was the normal practice. Soon afterward 6 Zeros strafed Coomalie airstrip completely destroying A19-31, much to the chagrin of the regular crew (McDonald p57-59). A three-quarter rear view sketch drawing in McDonald p.58 does not show any markings other than A19-31.
04/03/43 4 RSU.
26/03/43 Converted to components.
.A19-32 T4996 Mk.1c 12/10/42 1 AD.
24/09/42 30 Sqn.
20/11/42 15 RSU. 05/12/42 30 Sqn.
13/05/43 Fuselage structure supporting cannon housing channels section defective.
27/5/43 Tail wheel retracted on landing at Forest Hill causing minor damage (Email Geoff Yetman April 04).
28/05/43 5 AD for repair.
12/02/44 5 OTU
1/02/45 Starboard undercarriage retracts whilst taxiing at Williamtown NSW. Repaired.
08/08/45 Port engine changed but overall condition of aircraft was assessed as poor. 06/09/45 5AD.
18/12/45 Converted to components.
A19-33 T4997 Mk.1c 11/05/42 1 AD.
03/03/45 30 Sqn Coded 'Q' (Parnell p.108).
28/02/42 5 AD for repair of floor formers fracrure by the firing of the 20mm cannons 29/05/42 30 Sqn .
05/09/43 Crashed due to Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Cape Gloucester, New Britain.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF H.M. Woodroffe & Nav FSGT J.L Brooks.

Beaufighter A19-28 
and A19-33

A19-34 T4998 Mk.1c 27/04/42 2 AP.
28/05/42 Port undercarriage collapsed on landing from test flight.
28/10/42 5 AD for repair.
22/12/42 30 Sqn Coded J. (Wilson p.134, Pentland p.63) Replaced A19-9.
27/01/43 Damaged by enemy action.
31/01/43 15 RSU for repair.
27/02/43 30 Sqn. 22/03/43 Crash landed due to blown tyre which had been damaged by enemy bullet - repaired.
17/05/43 30 Sqn.
20/09/43 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire at Cape Hoskins.
24/09/43 26 RSU for repair.
14/10/43 30 Sqn.
10/01/44 1 APU for performance tests.
27/09/44 2 AP.
11/11/44 1 APU.
13/09/45 5 OTU
28/09/45 5 AD.
18/12/45 Converted to components.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-34

A19-35 T4999 Mk.1c 11/05/42 1 AD.
06/7/42 30 Sqn.
02/11/42 Aircraft swerved on take-off wrenching off the undercarriage.
27/11/42 15 RSU for crating.
09/12/42 3 AD for repair.
03/06/42 5 OTU
28/09/45 5 AD for overhaul.
18/12/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-35/R 
30 Squadron,
After swung on take-off. 
 Ward's Strip, 
22nd November 1942,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-36 T5000 Mk.1c 27/04/42 2 AP.
13/07/42 2 AD.
04/08/42 30 Sqn Coded S (Parnell p.108)
22/11/42 Hydraulics shot away by Japanese anti-aircraft fire, aircraft landed with undercarriage retracted and tipped onto its nose
26/11/42 15 RSU. 16/12/42 3 AD for repair.
11/10/43 31 Sqn.
21/11/42 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire in lower fuselage and flaps.
24/11/43 14 ARD for repair.
20/05/43 31 Sqn.
29/05/44 5 AD.
28/04/44 5 OTU. 10/11/44 Crashed into sea 14 miles south of Evans Head NSW after collision with A19-194. Some fuselage and other parts were washed ashore and some were used for spares on other aircraft.
The tail section of this aircraft is being used in the restoration of A19-144 after being retrieved from north western WA (Flightpath Magazine Volume 13, Issue 2, p.25).

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-36/S  
30 Squadron, 
Crash landing.
Ward's Strip, 
22nd November 1942,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-37 T5001 Mk.1c 11/05/43 1 AD.
06/07/42 30 Sqn. Coded T (Parnell p. 109).
13/04/43 Damaged by bomb shrapnel at Wards airstrip NG.
17/05/43 15 ARD.
06/06/43 5 AD.
12/10/43 Converted to components.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-37/T
30 Squadron, 
Shrapnel damage after Japanese raid.
Ward's Strip, 
12th April 1943,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-38 T5002 Mk.1c 27/04/42 2 AP.
24/07/42 30 Sqn Coded U (Parnell p.109).
09/05/43 Force landed on a reef near Pyramid Point PNG.
11/05/43 15 ARD.
04/06/43 Converted to components.
A19-39 T5003 Mk.1c 11/05/42 1 AD.
28/06/42 30 Sqn.
03/10/42 Hit truck on takeoff damaging starboard undercarriage at Wards Strip PNG. 09/10/42 15 RSU.
05/11/42 3 AD.
26/01/43 Converted to components.
A19-40 T5004 Mk.1c 04/05/42 1 AD.
06/07/42 30 Sqn.
12/08/42 7 RSU.
20/08/42 31 Sqn.
13/11/42 5 OTU.
19/03/43 Crash landed at Forest Hill when port undercarriage retracted on landing. 5 AD for repairs.
10/06/43 31 Sqn Coded EH-G (Parnell p.109).
09/07/43 4 RSU.
12/07/43 31 Sqn.
22/08/42 4 RSU.
07/09/43 31 Sqn.
17/09/43 Kills by SQDLDR Reginald "Butch" Gordon of 1 Rufe (Taberfane on the ground).
09/10/43 Jetsonned bombs over Kerval Creek and shot down two Kawasaki Ki45 "Nicks" when again flown by SQDLDR Gordon. The second Nick shot out the Navigators gun mounting and badly damaged A19-40. Believing the Beaufighter to be critically damaged the Nick pulled in front to attack another Beaufighter and Gordon shot it down. Gordon belly landed on the nearest airfield, Livingston NT which housed a Spitfire Squadron as the port engine had seized. He managed to swing A19-40 off the airstrip. (Photos McAuley p.225). A19-40 received 50 cannon holes and 120 7.7mm machine gun holes and was declared a write off.
25/10/42 14 ARD.
27/11/44 8 CRD.
21/02/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic A19-40/EH-G.
31 Squadron, 
Livingstone, 
10 June, 1943
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-41 T5047 Mk.1c 27/04/42 2 AP.
06/04/43 5 OTU
07/11/44 Aircraft failed to return from night cross-country training flight.
A19-42 T5048 Mk.1c 07/06/42 1 AD.
09/11/42 5 OTU
21/02/45 5 AD.
01/11/45 Converted to components.
A19-43 T5049 Mk.1c 07/06/43 1 AD.
02/11/42 5 OTU
20/06/43 31 Sqn.
16/09/43 Ran out of fuel and bellylanded at Skirmish Point near Millingimbi NT when returning from a raid on Taberfane.
Crew: Pilot Ogden & Nav West (Parnell p.45).
18/09/43 Flown out and returned to 31 Sqn.
29/10/43 4 RSU for repairs. 01/02/44 31 Sqn.
07/06/44 5 OTU
31/08/44 Aircraft ran off airstrip on landing following brake failure.
10/09/43 2 CRD for repair.
20/10/44 Instructional Airframe No3 Air Armament Gunnery School Nhill Vic.
09/10/47 Disposed of to K Oldfiled Nhill
01/01/71 Australian Aircraft Restoration Group.
Restored aircraft on display in the USAF Museum.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-43

A19-44 T5050 Mk.1c 27/04/42 2 AD.
02/11/42 5 OTU
01/04/43 5 AD.
26/03/43 Landed with wheels partly extended due to hydraulic line failure.
27/03/43 5 AD for repair.
05/07/44 5 OTU
09/08/44 Hit trees on landing approach and belly landed at Williamtown airstrip NSW.
16/08/44 2 CRD.
09/09/44 Converted to components.
A19-45 T5051 Mk.1c 08/06/45 1 AD.
21/10/42 31 Sqn.
11/12/42 Ground looped when landing in a crosswind at Coomalie NT.
21/12/42 1 RSU for repair.
04/01/43 31 Sqn.
19/5/43 Ditched into Timor Sea following damage during an attack on Penfoei (See also the entry under A19-29).
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF R. McD. Taylor 417009 & Nav SGT C. G. Cobert were killed.
A19-46 T5052 Mk.1c 07/06/42 1 AD.
25/09/42 31 Sqn.
17/11/42 Wind tip struck water during a steep turn whilst evading enemy aircraft and crashed into the Timor Sea.
Crew: Pilot SQNLDR Douglas Carson Riding 177 & Nav WOFF Robert Douglas Clarke 1831 were killed.
A19-47 T5053 Mk.1c 07/06/42 1 AD.
13/10/42 31 Sqn.
10/05/42 Damaged in raid over Penfoei.
06/06/42 14 ARD for repair.
14/08/42 31 Sqn.
21/08/42 Collided with A19-63 on operations near Taberfane and both aircraft crashed into the sea. C
rew: Pilot FLTLT F.J. Gardiner & Nav FLGOFF L.J. Lyne.
A19-48 T5054 Mk.1c 08/06/42 1 AD.
29/11/42 12 RSU Garbutt.
22/12/42 30 Sqn.
07/02/43 Rivet heads snapping off on top centre skin and fuselage.
19/03/42 2 AD for repair.
23/08/43 31 Sqn.
26/01/44 5 OTU.
14/02/45 Crashed out of control 8 km north of Newcastle NSW after mid-air collision. A19-48 was in a polished natural metal finish and overtook A19-21 striking it underneath the starboard engine at 1300 feet while in the landing circuit Williamtown airstrip.
Crew: Pilot SGT Keith Sharp & Nav SGT Geoffrey Hocking were killed (Parnell p.72).
A19-49 T5055 Mk.1c 07/06/42 1 AD.
09/07/42 30 Sqn.
09/07/42 30 Sqn.
06/09/42 Along with A19-49 & A19-53, flown direct from Townsville and formed the first 30 Sqn detachment (A Flight) at Milne Bay.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT Ted Jones & Nav FSGT Harold Suthons (Baker & Knight p.396).
07/09/43 Along with A19-53 flew the first operational mission for a 30 Sqn Beaufighter, providing anti-aircraft gun suppression fire on a Japanese Cruiser 'Tatta' and Destroyer 'Tenryu' which had shelled Milne Bay the night before, sinking the freighter 'Anshun' at dock. 6 Sqn Hudsons bombed first obtaining two near misses. They were followed by the two Beaufighters (A19-13 was destroyed in a take-off accident), then 100 Sqn torpedo Beauforts. Although the Beauforts pressed home their attack to close quarters there were no hits which was thought to caused by a fault with the American torpedoes running deeper then programmed.
27/10/42 Hit by Japanese anti aircraft fire which set an engine on fire whilst attacking Lae PNG. A19-49 was seen to strike the ocean surface a short distance from the shore then rising up about 30 meters before diving into the sea and sinking immediately (Extracted from Dean Norman’s unpublished work on RAAF Aircrew Losses).
Crew: Pilot E. A. Jones & Nav SGT E.R. Richardson 22750 were killed.
A19-50 T5070 Mk.1c 13/07/42 2 AD.
26/10/42 30 Sqn. Coded X and named 'Wendy Joy II' (Parnell p.109).
12/04/43 Destroyed by a direct bomb hit during Japanese raid on Wards Strip NG.
Photo of burning wreckage in Parnell p.23.
A19-51 T5071 Mk.1c 08/06/42 1 AD.
05/08/42 31 Sqn Named 'Snifter' (Parnell p.109).
19/04/42 Damaged during raid over Penfoei.
23/05/42 14 ARD for repairs involving a double engine change and 240 hour inspection. 20/07/42 31 Sqn.
31/01/44 5 AD for complete airframe overhaul.
05/07/44 1 APU for test installation of F24 camera.
04/03/45 5 OTU.
06/09/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-52 T5072 Mk.1c 08/06/42 1 AD.
11/09/42 31 Sqn.
28/09/42 Crashed landed at Narrandera airstrip NSW when starboard engine caught fire. 05/10/42 5 AD.
26/10/42 Converted to components.
A19-53 T5073 Mk.1c 28/06/42 2 AD.
04/08/42 Forced landing when ran out of fuel during test flight. Undamaged. 06/08/42 30 Sqn. Code Y Name: 'Margon' (Parnell p.109).
06/09/42 Along with A19-49 & A19-53, flown direct from Townsville and formed the first 30 Sqn detachment (A Flight) at Milne Bay.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT Ted Jones & Nav FSGT Harold Suthons (Baker & Knight p.396).
07/09/43 Along with A19-49 flew the first operational mission for a 30 Sqn Beaufighter, providing anti-aircraft gun suppression fire on a Japanese Cruiser 'Tatta' and Destroyer 'Tenryu' which had shelled Milne Bay the night before, sinking the freighter 'Anshun' at dock. 6 Sqn Hudsons bombed first obtaining two near misses. They were followed by the two Beaufighters (A19-13 was destroyed in a take-off accident), then 100 Sqn torpedo Beauforts. Although the Beauforts pressed home their attack to close quarters there were no hits which was thought to caused by a fault with the American torpedoes running deeper then programmed.
03/03/43 Participated in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Attacked from behind by two Zeros which stopped the port engine and damaged the starboard. The hydraulics were shot out and the wing and fuselage holed and caught fire but it soon went out (Parnell p.20). Both crew were wounded. Escorted by other Beaufighters, A19-53 staggered on to belly land in one piece at Poppondette (Photo Parnell p.20).
Crew: Pilot SGT Ron Downing & Nav SGT Danny Box.
06/03/43 15 RSU for repair.
03/07/43 30 Sqn.
15/09/43 15 ARD for 240 hour inspection and engine change.
16/11/03 30 Sqn.
30/11/43 Missing on operations, last seen in a severe storm (Parnell p.109).

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-53/Y 
'Margon'
30 Squadron, 
Milne Bay, 
c.1943.  
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-54 T5074 Mk.1c 25/06/42 2 AD.
03/08/42 30 Sqn. Coded V (Parnell p.109).
08/08/42 One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville Q for operational training.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Harding & Nav SGT H. Cane (Dick p.18).
22/08/42 Damaged lower cowling, tail and rudder. 26/08/42 12 RSU for repair.
08/07/43 30 Sqn.
22/07/43 Damaged port wing tip when it struck a Japanese flag pole whilst strafing buildings at Gasmata (Series of photos including AWM OG0023). Dick p.124 claims medium Japanese anti-aircraft fire had blown off the 45cm of wing tip. Aircraft ground looped on landing at Turnbull airstrip NG but no further damage was done.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Graeme Hunt & Nav PLTOFF Arthur Hodges.
19/07/43 15 ARD for repair.
08/08/43 30 Sqn. Coded V. Around this time a large reclining girl was painted on the port fuselage, forward of the cupola. It was copied from the July 43 edition of Man magazine (Photo - Parnell p.29)
30/03/44 5 OTU.
29/04/44 5 AD.
25/08/44 5 OTU.
21/02/45 5 AD.
06/11/45 6 AD.
14/12/45 Converted to components.

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A19-55 T5076 Mk.1c 26/06/42 1 AD.
02/10/42 30 Sqn.
03/10/42 12 RSU.
17/10/42 30 Sqn.
27/01/42 30 Sqn.
27/01/43 Destroyed by Japanese bombing raid on Wards Strip PNG.

Beaufighter Mk.Ic 
A19-55
 30 Squadron,
Remains after Japanese bombing raid.
Ward's Strip, 
27th January 1943,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-56 T5081 Mk.1c 25/06/42 1 AD.
03/11/42 5 OTU 14/02/45 Port tyre blew out on takeoff at Forest Hill NSW.
25/02/45 Engine cut-out on take off and aircraft crashed north of Forest Hill NSW. 28/02/45 5 AD.
26/03/43 Converted to components.
A19-57 T5083 Mk.1c 25/06/42 1 AD.
29/09/42 31 Sqn.
13/03/43 4 RSU.
31/03/43 31 Sqn.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
13/06/43 Crash on landing due to flat tyre.
15/06/43 4 RSU. 21/06/43 14 ARD.
26/11/43 Converted to components.
A19-58 T5084 Mk.1c 25/06/42 1 AD.
01/10/42 31 Sqn.
23/02/43 Ground looped at Coomalie NT damaging undercarriage. 2
5/02/43 4 RSU for repairs.
12/03/43 31 Sqn.
15/04/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
19/05/43 shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft guns over Penfoei, Dutch Timor (West).
Crew: Pilot SGT N.G. Armstrong & Nav SGT S.T. Robertson were killed. (See also the entry under A19-29).
A19-59 T5090 Mk.1c 02/08/42 1 AD.
28/09/42 31 Sqn.
17/01/43 Starboard outer wing tank caught fire.
18/01/43 1 RSU for repair.
09/02/43 31 Sqn.
26/04/43 Shot down into ocean by eight enemy fighters near Aru Islands.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF C.A. Greenwood & Nav SGT C.W. Thompson. Greenwood was captured by the Japanese and survived the war as a POW.
A19-60 T5091 Mk.1c 31/07/42 1 AD.
28/09/42 31 Sqn.
15/12/42 Port engine failed during a test flight.
16/12/42 Starboard undercarriage leg collapsed causing the aircraft to ground loop during take-off.
16/12/42 1 RSU.
05/03/43 4 RSU for repair.
18/04/43 31 Sqn. 06/05/43 Missing on operation over Taberfane, Aru Island area.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Wrinch Joseph Charles Budd 406971 & Nav PLTOFF Finlay McQueen 207758.
A19-61 T5077 Mk.1c 02/08/42 1 AD.
04/09/42 31 Sqn.
21/09/42 Crashed during a mock ground attack 3 miles north east of Cootamundra NSW.
Crew: Pilot FSGT J.E. Jenkins 407435 & Nav SGT V. Sutherst 35755 were killed.
05/10/42 5 AD for conversion to components.
A19-62 T5089 Mk.1c 31/07/42 1 AD.
17/09/42 31 Sqn.
29/04/43 4 RSU.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
31/05/43 31 Sqn.
23/06/43 Crash landed at Coomalie airstrip NT when returning from operations.
01/07/43 14 ARD.
11/10/43 Converted to components.
A19-63 T5075 Mk.1c 02/08/42 1 AD.
04/09/42 31 Sqn.
21/02/43 4 RSU.
01/04/43 31 Sqn.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
21/08/43 Mid-air collision over Taberfane with A19-47.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF V.C. Leithead & Nav FLGOFF R.S. Graves.
A19-64 T5082 Mk.1c 31/07/42 1 AD.
18/09/42 Ground looped at 1 AD, repaired.
27/09/42 31 Sqn. Coded EH-F (Parnell p.110).
06/10/42 Engine failed and aircraft damaged on landing.
18/10/42 5 AD. Converted to components.
A19-65 T5094 Mk.1c 31/07/42 1 AD.
11/10/42 31 Sqn.
30/11/42 Crash landed at Coomalie airstrip NT when propellers were selected in course pitch.
01/12/42 1 RSU.
21/12/42 Converted to components.
A19-66 T5093 Mk.1c 14/08/42 1 AD.
28/09/42 31 Sqn.
25/02/43 Crash landed at Coomalie NT on return from a convoy escort mission.
Crew: Pilot ? & Nav Harry Horton (email from Richard Horton on http://home.st.net.au/~nt41.htm)
A19-67 T5095 Mk.1c 14/08/42 1 AD.
08/09/42 31 Sqn.
19/01/43 Missing on operation over the Ossu Timor area.
Crew: Pilot WOFF Norman Leslie Thomas 407013 & Nav SGT Donald Laurie Van Nooten 13981.
A19-68 T5097 Mk.1c 14/08/42 1 AD.
20/09/42 30 Sqn.
13/10/42 Crashed into heavy timber and burned on operations near Kokoda PNG.
Crew: Pilot SGT J.L. Butterfield & Nav SGT J.R. Wilson.
A19-69 T5099 Mk.1c 14/09/42 1 AD.
09/09/42 31 Sqn.
31/11/42 Missing on operations over the Timor Sea when covering HMAS Castlemaine.
Crew: Pilot FSGT Maurice James Morrison 407723 & Nav SGT Allan Frederick Forrest 31095.
A19-70 T5098 Mk.1c 06/10/42 1 AD.
11/12/42 31 Sqn.
11/01/43 Forced landing at Cape Sturt NT following engine failure.
13/01/43 1 RSU.
22/03/43 4 RSU for repair.
10/08/43 31 Sqn.
26/08/43 Kills by SQDLDR Reginald "Butch" Gordon - 1 Rufe (Taberfane on the ground).
17/09/43 Force landed in a swamp at Blyth Creek near Millingimbi NT while returning from operations.
Crew: Pilot SQDLDR W. Mann.
22/09/43 4 RSU.
29/02/44 5 AD.
19/04/44 Converted to components.
A19-71 T5086 Mk.1c 14/08/42 1 AD.
14/09/42 31 Sqn.
29/12/42 Damaged during raid on Timor and crash landed and burnt at Cape Helverting, Bathurst Island NT.
Crew: Pilot FSGT Wilkins & Nav SGT Byrnes uninjured. (email Gordon Birkett 10/04/03).
A19-72 T5092 Mk.1c 02/09/42 1 AD.
18/09/42 Ground looped 1 AD repaired.
27/09/42 31 Sqn.
28/10/42 Forced landing at Katherine NT.
28/10/42 1 RSU for repairs.
10/12/42 31 Sqn.
10/05/43 Strafed by Japanese Zeros in the first of what was to be several attacks on Millingimbi airstrip NT. A19-72 burnt-out but was the only Beaufighter destroyed in the attack, although others received minor damage.
13/05/43 4 RSU Converted to components.

Beaufighter A19-72

A19-73 T5200 Mk.VIc 13/10/42 2 AP.
06/12/42 1 AD.
30/12/42 30 Sqn.
27/01/43 Damaged by enemy action.
31/01/43 15 RSU for repair.
19/03/43 3 AD.
23/04/43 30 Sqn.
31/05/43 Crashed while making a practice attack run on the wreck of the cargo ship 'Pruth' which ran aground in November 1927 near Port Moresby, New Guinea. A19-73 flew too low, hit the ship's mast, shearing off the starboard wing and flipping the aircraft onto its back.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF W.T.R. Harding & FLGOFF F.C King (also a Pilot but a passenger on this flight) were killed. Navigators SGT Hedley Cane & FLGOFF John Tyrill (passenger) survived with minor injuries and cleared the submerged aircraft through the broken tail (Dick p.106).
A19-74 T5201 Mk.VIc 13/10/42 2 AP.
17/11/42 2 AD.
27/11/42 1 AD.
13/12/42 12 RSU.
17/12/42 30 Sqn.
24/03/43 Damaged by Japanese 50 caliber bullets in starboard nacelle.
27/03/43 15 ARD for repair.
10/04/43 30 Sqn.
11/08/43 Crashed into the sea off Vivigani, Goodenough Island soon after take-off. The badly broken up Beaufighter was later spotted lying on a reef in about a meter of water about 2 km offshore. Only the pilot's body was recovered.
Crew: SGT Bill Cosgrove (Pilot) & FSGT Bernie Le Griffon (Nav) had borrowed A19-74 as their regular aircraft A19-111 was undergoing minor repairs (Dick p.131).
15/09/43 26 RSU Converted to components.
A19-75 T5205 Mk.VIc 13/10/42 2 AP.
27/11/42 1 AD.
22/12/42 30 Sqn. Coded D (Parnell p.110).
05/02/43 Force landed in swamp near Dobodura airstrip following engine failure from damage by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. Salvage Impossible.
Crew: Pilot George Drury.
A19-76 T5203 Mk.VIc 07/10/42 1 AD.
13/11/42 5 OTU
06/06/43 Crashed at Toocumwal and repaired.
28/09/45 5 AD stored.
24/02/48 Struck Off.
A19-77 T5202 Mk.VIc 07/10/42 1 AD.
23/11/42 5 OTU.
01/07/43 Crashed and burnt Forrest Hill NSW.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT J. Edquist & Nav SGT N.J. Moyle.
09/07/43 5 AD for conversion to components.

Beaufighter Mk VIC A19-77
No.5OTU
Wagga Wagga
9th December 1942

A19-78 T5204 Mk.VIc 07/10/42 1 AD.
14/12/42 Force landed at Ballan and repaired by 1 AD.
17/01/43 31 Sqn. Coded EH-V (Parnell p.110)
20/03/43 Force landed at Tumbling Waters NT but not badly damged and scheduled to be retreived in the dry season.
01/10/43 4 RSU for repair.
07/12/43 31 Sqn.
11/02/44 Force landed near Adelaide River NT, cause unknown and rear fuslarge badly damaged.
13/04/44 14 ARD.
23/08/44 Converted to components.
A19-79 EL243 Mk.VIc 02/12/44 2 AP.
10/01/43 5 AD.
24/02/43 31 Sqn.
15/03/43 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire near Dobo while on shipping strike.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Albert Ernest Longoni 400094 & Nav SGT Arthur Robert Dale 40706 were killed.
A19-80 EL245 Mk.VIc 02/12/43 2 AP.
11/01/43 5 AD.
23/02/43 31 Sqn.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
25/07/43 4 RSU.
21/09/43 31 Sqn.
03/12/43 Crashed on landing.
12/12/43 14 ARD.
14/03/44 Converted to components.
A19-81 EL246 Mk.VIc 02/12/44 2 AP.
21/02/43 5 AD.
05/03/43 31 Sqn.
17/03/43 Crashed into trees on take-off at Coomalie NT.
19/03/43 4 RSU.
10/04/44 Converted to components.
A19-82 EL260 Mk.VIc 02/12/42 2 AP.
27/01/43 5 AD.
22/02/43 5 OTU
01/03/43 Aircraft damaged starboard undercarriage at Forest Hill NSW.
08/03/43 5 AD for repairs.
03/11/43 31 Sqn. Coded EH-F (Parnell p.110)
21/11/43 Crash on take-off on operational mission at Coomalie NT. Navigator suffered minor injuries.
Crew: Pilot Reg Kilpatrick & Nav Harry Horton. (email from Richard Horton on
http://home.st.net.au/~nt41.htm) 02/12/43 14 ARD.
04/03/44 Converted to components.
A19-83 EL261 Mk.VIc 14/02/42 2 AD.
20/02/43 31 Sqn.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
21/06/43 Undercarriage folded up at Coomalie NT.
14/09/43 4 RSU for repair.
27/11/43 31 Sqn.
07/05/44 5 AD.
06/05/44 5 OTU Coded S (Photo Parnell p.74 awaiting disposal at Richmond NSW)
10/09/45 5 AD stored.
18/12/45 Converted to components.
A19-84 EL259 Mk.VIc 02/12/44 2 AP.
10/01/44 5 AD.
20/02/43 31 Sqn.
19/03/43 4 RSU
01/04/43 31 Sqn.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
19/08/43 4 RSU for double engine change.
12/10/43 31 Sqn.
18/10/43 Crashed and burned at Darwin NT.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF R.V. Ellis.
A19-85 T5262 Mk.VIc RAAF status card missing – no information.
A19-86 T5254 Mk.VIc 14/12/42 2 AD.
24/01/43 5 AD.
20/02/43 31 Sqn.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
22/05/43 Force landed following starboard engine failure Coomalie NT.
Pilot: Bill McKinnon.
17/06/43 4 RSU for repair.
25/09/43 31 Sqn.
06/10/43 Fire in starboard engine upon starting. Repaired in-Sqn.
06/12/43 Crashed and burnt on water at Anson Bay, near Peron Island NT, during gunnery practice. Cause unknown.
A19-87 T5264 Mk.VIc 14/12/42 2 AD.
31/01/43 5 AD.
21/02/43 30 Sqn Coded R. Caption to photo in Pentland p.98 claims that the aircraft was painted Foliage Green/Dark Earth/Sky.
12/03/43 Port engine damaged by Japanese, to 5 ARD for repair.
17/03/43 30 Sqn.
05/09/43 Damaged by enemy action.
04/10/43 15 ARD for repair.
17/03/43 30 Sqn.
16/12/43 30 Sqn.
16/05/43 Crash landed Gurney airstrip PNG.
19/05/44 10 RSU.
10/06/44 Converted to components.

Beaufighter  A19-87

A19-88 T5255 Mk.VIc 14/12/44 2 AD.
24/01/44 5 AD.
25/10/44 31 Sqn. Coded EH-B (Parnell p.110).
24/02/44 Force landed at Drysdale NT due to fuel shortage. The entrance hatch came open the target whilst on operations and the drag increased fuel consumption.
28/02/44 4 RSU.
11/05/44 14 ARD. 10/05/44 Converted to components.
A19-89 T5257 Mk.VIc 18/01/43 2 AP.
21/02/43 5 AD.
05/03/43 5 OTU 17/01/44 Ground looped at Toocumwal when the starboard tyre blew out on take off.
07/02/44 Instructional airframe No2 at No1 engine school.
08/02/49 Passed to DAP.
A19-90 T5290 Mk.VIc 14/12/42 2 AD.
01/02/43 5 AD.
25/02/43 12 RSU.
01/03/43 30 Sqn.
03/06/43 Swung off airstrip and crashed damaging undercarriage.
06/06/43 15 ARD for repair.
03/08/43 30 Sqn.
22/09/43 Force landed following starboard engine damage from Japanese anti-aircraft fire. 11/10/43 26 RSU.
18/10/43 30 Sqn. 18/10/43 Along with Beaufighters A19-104 & A19-157, left the new Kiriwina airstrip in the Trobriand Islands for an anti-barge sweep to Lindenhafen. The trio spotted four Zeros flying slightly higher at 1000 feet and maneuvered for an attack from below but were seen. The Beaufighters avoided combat through superior speed but were pursued for 15 minutes (Parnell p.30). 29/08/44 5 AD.
01/09/44 Crashed into a building at the edge of the tarmac damaging the port wing when the brakes failed during taxiing.
13/09/44 2 AD for repair.
04/10/44 5 AD.
19/12/44 5 OTU
09/03/45 5 AD.
26/06/45 1 AD.
08/08/48 Struck Off.

Beaufighter Mk.VIc 
A19-90/Z 
30 Squadron,  
After it swung on take-off. 
Ward's Strip, 
3rd June 1943,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-91 EL436 Mk.VIc 18/01/43 2 AP.
10/05/43 5 AD.
10/05/03 Crashed landed Forest Hill repaired.
23/12/43 5 OTU
18/05/44 Belly landing due to punctured tyre Tocumwal NSW.
30/06/44 5 AD.
04/09/44 2 CRD doe conversion to components.
A19-92 EL244 Mk.VIc 18/01/43 2 AP.
22/03/43 5 OTU
17/08/43 Forced landing at The Rock due to engine failure.
07/09/43 5 AD.
01/10/43 Converted to components.
A19-93 EL438 Mk.VIc 18/01/43 2 AP.
04/03/43 5 AD.
27/03/43 30 Sqn. Coded P (Parnell p.111).
Nose: Large 'Goofy' head on starboard nose.
Photo Australian War Museum.
15/06/43 Crashed and burnt on take from Ward's Airstrip due to engine failure.
Crew: Pilot SGT E.S. Woolcott & Nav SGT R. Hasenohr.
A19-94 EL241 Mk.VIc No information on RAAF Status Card
A19-95 EL443 Mk.VIc 19/01/43 1 AP.
23/04/43 5 AD.
03/05/43 5 OTU
18/07/43 Force landed at Burrumbuttock near Albury NSW.
02/07/43 5 AD for repair.
23/12/43 5 OTU
06/06/45 Aircraft recommended for complete overhaul as it had accumulated 669 hours flying time.
15/06/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored at 5 AD.
08/08/49 Stuck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-95

A19-96 EL435 Mk.VIc 14/12/43 2 AD.
21/0143 5 AD.
15/03/43 30 Sqn. Coded D (Parnell p.111).
07/04/43 Ground looped on take off and broke the back of the aircraft at Wards Airstrip NG.
08/05/43 Converted to components.
A19-97 T5263 Mk.VIc 23/02/43 1 AD.
08/04/43 1 AD.
12/05/43 15 ARD.
10/05/43 Swung on landing and damaged tail area. Repaired by 15 ARD.
21/05/43 30 Sqn.
12/07/43 Fractures discovered in fuselage.
25/07/43 3 AD for repair.
13/08/43 30 Sqn.
05/09/43 Damaged by enemy action when on a barge sweep off New Britain which required an engine change.
24/09/43 26 RSU.
07/10/43 30 Sqn.
12/10/43 30 Sqn. During an attack on Tobera airstrip Rabaul A19-142 and A19-97 were pursued by 3 Zeros. A19-97 went missing and was last seen climbing to attack a Zero on the tail of A19-142. 11/00 Aircraft wreck discovered 40kms s/e of Rabaul.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT Derrick Robert Stone & Nav FLGOFF Edward Buford Morris-Hadwell.
Both men had their names listed on the Monument to the Missing at the Bita Paka War Cemetery, Rabaul and their remains interred with full military honours at the Bita Paka War Cemetery on 15/11/00.

Beaufighter Mk.VIc 
A19-97/N
30 Squadron, 
Being recovered after it's tail wheel broke on landing.
Ward's Strip, 
10th May 1943,   
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-98 T5295 Mk.VIc 23/02/43 1 AD.
27/05/43 31 Sqn.
09/09/43 Damaged when on searchlight co-operation exercise Darwin NT.
22/11/43 4 RSU for repair.
25/02/43 31 Sqn.
10/03/44 Low boost on port engine during take-off leading to a ground-loop and callopsed undercarriage Wards Airstrip NG.
23/03/44 14 ARD.
23/09/44 8 CRD. Converted to components.
A19-99 T5296 Mk.VIc 02/02/43 1 AD.
21/03/43 5 OTU
28/04/43 Tyre burst due to heavy landing.
04/05/45 5 AD for repair.
22/02/44 5 OTU
26/05/44 Crashed and burnt 1.5 miles east of Airstrip Forest Hill NSW when on low level cross country flight.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT A.E. Roberts.
05/06/44 7 AD.
25/06/44 7 CRD.
08/07/44 Converted to components.
A19-100 EL413 Mk.VIc 03/02/43 2 AD.
19/10/43 5 AD.
24/03/44 5 OTU
03/09/44 Crashed at Williamtown NSW when pilot selected undercarriage up instead of flaps.
10/09/44 2 CRD.
19/10/44 Converted to components.
A19-101 EL395 Mk.VIc 03/02/43 2 AD.
25/04/43 5 AD.
06/05/43 30 Sqn.
12/06/43 Crash landed at Wards Airstrip NG due to hydraulic failure.
15/06/43 15 ARD.
01/06/44 Converted to components.
A19-102 EL396 Mk.VIc 23/02/43 1 AD.
11/05/43 30 Sqn.
30/05/43 Landed with tail wheel retracted.
31/05/43 15 ARD. 17/07/43 Converted to components.
A19-103 JL430 Mk.VIc 01/03/43 1 AD.
04/05/43 Escort for Spitfires departing from 2 OTU Mildura NSW.
08/05/43 31 Sqn.
15/05/43 fitted with auxiliary tanks.
20/05/43 A10-103 flown for a convoy escort and noted as having the new dihedral tailplane (McDonald p.79) .
01/06/43 Damaged in aerial combat over Darwin NT and not suitable for further operations.
02/06/43 4 RSU
14/06/43 14 ARD for repair.
20/08/43 31 Sqn.
25/06/44 5 AD.
28/09/44 5 OTU
06/09/45 5 AD stored
24/02/48 DAP for conversion to components.
A19-104 JL429 Mk.VIc 01/03/43 1 AD.
29/04/43 30 Sqn.
31/10/43 26 RSU.
01/12/43 30 Sqn.
18/10/43 Along with Beaufighters A19-157 & A19-90, left the new Kiriwina airstrip in the Trobriand Islands for an anti-barge sweep to Lindenhafen. The trio spotted four Zeros flying slightly higher at 1000 feet and maneuvered for an attack from below but were seen and attacked. The Beaufighters avoided combat through superior speed but were pursued for 15 minutes (Parnell p.30).
31/12/43 Belly landed following damage by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Ubili New Britain.
03/01/44 12 RSU.
13/03/43 10 RSU for repair.
15/05/44 30 Sqn.
12/10/44 5 AD.
25/02/45 5 OTU.
10/09/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-104

A19-105 EL412 Mk.VIc Not delivered, this aircraft was diverted to the Indian Air Force.
A19-106 EL510 Mk.VIc 01/03/43 1 AD.
24/04/43 30 Sqn.
02/08/44 Destroyed an Anti-aircraft position at Gasmata NG
Crew: Pilot Clarrie Glasscock & Nav Ray Kelly.
15/08/43 Damaged undercarriage and starboard airscrew on takeoff. 18/08/43 26 RSU for repair.
17/11/43 30 Sqn.
05/44 Damaged.
11/05/44 15 ARD.
01/06/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter Mk.VIc 
A19-106/T 
30 Squadron,
After it swung on take-off. 
Vivigani, Goodenough Is.
15th August 1943,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-107 EL411 Mk.VIc 01/03/43 1 AD.
02/05/53 30 Sqn.
30/04/43 12 RSU.
26/02/43 Crash landed at Kiriwina following hydraulic failure.
07/03/43 10 RSU.
19/05/44 15 ARD.
26/09/45 5 AD.
11/02/45 5 OTU
12/06/45 Forced landing at Williamtown when A19-107 overshot airstrip to avoid other aircraft when returning from a training flight in bad weather.
10/09/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored.
21/01/46 Recommended for conversion to components but not carried out.
24/02/46 Disposed of to DAP.
A19-108 EL520 Mk.VIc 23/03/43 2 AO.
10/05/43 5 AD.
11/05/43 5 OTU.
18/06/43 Crash landed Lucmallac NSW near Tumut NSW. Crew: Nav E.H. Dunstone.
A19-109 EL518 Mk.VIc 25/06/43 2 AD.
25/06/43 Damaged in transit and fuselage was sent to Clyde Engineering for repair. 18/04/44 2 AD.
22/11/44 5 OTU. Coded M (Pentland p.118).
20/05/45 Swung on landing breaking off the under-carriage Williamtown NSW.
01/06/45 3 CRD.
02/08/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter A19-109

A19-110 T5328 Mk.VIc 23/03/43 2 AP.
11/05/43 5 OTU
30/06/43 Belly-landing 14 miles north of Binyah NSW following engine trouble .
13/02/44 5 AD Converted to components.
A19-111 T5327 Mk.VIc 11/03/43 1 AD.
05/05/43 30 Sqn Code: F.
15/05/43 Twice attacked a surfaced Japanese submarine with gunfire which returned fire before submerging (Parnell p.22).
Crew: Pilot FSGT Bill Cosgrove & Nav FSGT B. Le Griffin.
08/08/43 26 RSU to replace defective port tailplane spar.
16/08/43 30 Sqn. Dick p.131 reports that the regular pilot FSGT Bill Cosgrove, a former footballer, had a tigers head painted on the side of the starboard nose to symbolise his Australian Rules Football Club, the Richmond Tigers. See also the entry for A19-74.
01/09/43 Damaged in starboard tailplane by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Palmal Plantation New Britian.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Keith Nicholson and Nav FSGT Ken Delbridge (Photo AWM OG0124 and Wilson p.120). See also the entry for A19-132.
23/10/43 Shot down a Jake which crashed into a hill about 3km west of Cape Orford. A19-111 was slightly damaged by return gunfire from the Jake's rear gunner.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF George Drury & Nav FOFF Beasley (Parnell p.28).
30/11/43 Taxiing accident caused by brake cable failure when pilot pressed the thumb operated brake lever. A19-111 rolled on and hit another aircraft.
07/04/44 15 ARD for engine change.
26/09/44 5 AD.
07/12/44 5 OTU.
28/09/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored.
21/01/46 Approved for conversion to components but this was rescinded.
24/02/48 Struck Off.
A19-112 T5330 Mk.VIc 11/03/43 1 AD.
24/05/43 31 Sqn.
Noted as having the old non-dihedral tailplane (McDonald p.81).
08/06/43 Swung on take-off and ran off airstrip into trees for a familiarisation flight for a new aircrew at Coomalie NT. A19-112 suffered 80% damage.
Crew: Pilot SGT Terry was badly injured & Nav WOFF? Suffered only minor injuries (McDonald p.84).
Converted to components.
A19-113 JL584 Mk.VIc 17/04/43 1 AD.
01/06/43 31 Sqn. 2
3/06/43 Crash-landed on return from operations,
01/07/43 14 ARD for repairs.
25/01/44 Forced landed at Gorrie NT on an emergency strip and was to be converted to components.
02/02/44 4 ARD for repair.
18/05/44 4 ARD Serviceable.
21/05/44 was allotted to 5 ARD and whilst on ferry flight south crashed and burnt at Durrie Station Innamincka, SA.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF H. Kelly & Nav PLTOFF C. Huggard.
An engine of A19-113 is still located at Innamincka SA. Photo
http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ozcrashes/sa05.htm.
A19-114 T5331 Mk.VIc 27/04/43 2 AP.
26/06/43 5 OTU
10/08/43 Heavy landing at Forrest Hill NSW caused tail wheel collapse.
19/10/44 5 AD for repair.
03/05/44 4 AD.
29/04/44 Port engine failed in flight and A19-114 force landed at Boulder WA.
To 4 AD for repair.
08/07/44 5 OTU
21/02/45 5 AD for 240 hour inspection.
13/11/45 stored.
14/12/45 Converted to components.
A19-115 T5329 Mk.VIc 27/04/43 2 AD.
14/06/43 5 AD.
20/06/43 30 Sqn.
20/06/44 Ran off strip on landing and tail wheel collapsed.
21/06/43 15 ARD.
21/04/44 30 Sqn.
11/06/44 Crashed and burnt on take off from Tadji, NG.
Crew: Pilot WGCDR P.L.B. Gibson.
A19-116 JL582 Mk.VIc 17/04/43 1 AD.
27/05/43 31 Sqn.
25/09/43 Crashed soon after take off on a non-operational flight from Millingimbi air strip NT.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT D.G. Taylor & nav PLTOFF R.A. Hocking.
A19-117 JL841 Mk.VIc 17/04/43 1 AD.
24/05/43 31 Sqn.
10/08/43 Caught fire at Coomalie NT.
12/08/43 4 RSU for repair.
22/08/43 14 ARD.
28/11/43 31 Sqn. 04/12/43 Crashed sea in Anson Bay, near Peron Island, NT, during gunnery practice.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF N.T. Stubbs & Nav PLTOFF M.J. Taylor.
A19-118 JL826 Mk.VIc 17/04/43 1 AD.
24/05/43 31 Sqn.
27/07/43 Missing on a 12 Beaufighter operation which strafed the seaplane base at Taberfane, Aru Island.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF B.W. Gillespie & Nav FLGOFF A.J. Cameron.
A19-119 T5336 Mk.VIc 17/04/43 1 AD.
22/05/43 31 Sqn. Code EH-W (Photo Pentland p.95).
29/08/43 Part of a 6 Beaufighter strike on the Japanese seaplane base at Taberfane Aru Islands during which 1 Pete and 2 Rufes were destroyed. A19-119 was last seen 4 miles west of Erersin at tree top level with 2 Rufes on its tail.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT W.E. Willard & Nav SGT P.N. Butler were killed.
A19-120 T5338 Mk.VIc 27/06/43 1 AD.
25/08/43 Damaged undercarriage on landing at Gurney airstrip NG when on delivery flight to 30 Sqn.
29/05/43 10 RSU for repair.
11/09/43 30 Sqn. Code LY-H (Photo Pentland p.97).
Photo taken at Goodenough Island NG early 1944 in Pentland p.116 & Wilson p.97.
16/06/44 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Muschu Is, New Guinea.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF L.D. Hall & Nav FLGOFF R.E. Turner were killed.

Beaufighter Mk.VIc 
A19-120/LY-H
30 Squadron, 
Kiriwina, 
1944,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-121 JL839 Mk.VIc RAAF Status card missing – any information that a reader could supply will be appreciated.
A19-122 JL838 Mk.VIc RAAF Status card missing – any information that a reader could supply will be appreciated.
A19-123 JL837 Mk.VIc RAAF Status card missing – any information that a reader could supply will be appreciated.
A19-124 T5337 Mk.VIc RAAF Status card missing – any information that a reader could supply will be appreciated.
A19-125 T5339 Mk.VIc 04/05/43 1 AD.
14/06/43 5 OTU
19/10/43 5 AD.
21/03/44 5 OTU
19/06/44 Crashed at Nangunyah, NSW during air to ground gunnery practice.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF J.W. Houston & Nav PLTOFF E.R. Levy.
02/07/44 7 CRD.
29/07/44 Converted to components.
A19-126 T5338 Mk.VIc 04/05/43 2 AD.
31/05/45 Crashed on Kurrajong Slopes.
25/06/43 5 AD for repair.
16/08/43 Wheels broke through soft ground whilst taxiing Vivigani airstrip NG.
21/06/44 5 OTU Code Black W on natural metal finish Williamtown (Photo Wilson p.134). 25/06/44 Force landed in swamp 1.5 miles SW of Williamtown NSW due to suspected petrol feed failure to both engines.
30/08/45 Converted to components.
A19-127 T5341 Mk.VIc 26/06/43 2 AP.
23/08/43 2 AD.
23/08/43 5 OTU
30/11/45 Force landed due to broken sleeve in starboard engine, King Island TAS repaired.
31/07/44 Swung on landing and undercarriage callopsed.
23/01/45 5 AD for repair.
13/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-128 T5340 Mk.VIc 26/06/43 2 AP.
06/08/43 5 AD.
29/08/43 5 OTU
09/12/43 Forced landed following engine failure during low level formation flying practice. 26/12/43 5 AD
02/02/43 Converted to components.
A19-129 T5342 Mk.VIc 26/06/43 2 AP.
03/08/43 5 AD.
23/08/43 5 OTU replacing A19-189 which had crashed.
19/08/45 5 AD.
01/11/45 Converted to components.
A19-130 JL848 Mk.VIc 25/06/43 1 AD.
03/08/45 30 Sqn.
16/08/43 Crashed into 60 meters of shallow water Hughes Bay near Fergusson Island when the starboard engine failed just after take-off from Vivigami airstrip on a test flight. As the aircraft carried a full fuel and armament load it was not able to maintain height.
Pilot: WCMDR Clarrie Glasscock, Nav PLTOFF Ray Kelly & passenger WCMDR J. H. Glasscock (the pilots brother) all escaped unharmed but had to swim to shore when the dingy punctured.
A19-97 found the missing aircrew shortly afterwards.
The aircraft was rediscovered in July 200 by Ron Peace & Don Fetterly and is intact.
WCMR Glascock, the CO of 30 Sqn. was killed just a few weeks later in A19-133.
A19-131 JL853 Mk.VIc 26/06/43 1 AD.
23/09/43 5 OTU
03/11/44 5 AD for repair to centre section and mainframe for damage caused by heavy landings over an extended period.
04/04/45 5 OTU.
10/04/45 Crashed at Tea Gardens NSW.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF D.G. Forster & Nav WOFF T.T. Bubke.
07/05/45 Converted to components at 2 CRD.
A19-132 JL847 Mk.VIc 04/05/43 2 AD.
03/06/43 5 AD.
04/06/43 30 Sqn.
09/09/43 Ditched after being hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Palmal Plantation, New Britain. The anti-aircraft gun was believed to be the same one which damaged A19-111 on 01/09/43.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Joe Newman, Nav PLTOFF Ron Binnie & Army Liaison Officer CAPT T.F. Gill were seen in the water, and entered a large dinghy dropped by A19-7 at dusk. Supplies were dropped to the crew of A19-132 on 10/09/43. On 11/09/43 Seagull A2-19 from No1 Rescue & Communication Flight went out in bad weather to rescue the crew but disappeared as did the crew of A19-132. Two empty dinghies were found near Cape Beechey but no trace was found of any personnel (Dick p.139-140).
A19-133 JL850 Mk.VIc 25/06/43 1 AD.
27/08/43 30 Sqn.
19/09/43 Shot down by anti-aircraft guns near Cape Hoskins, New Britain.
Crew: Pilot WGCDR C.P. Glasscock CO 30 Sqn (see A19-130) & Nav PLTOFF J.J Cain were killed. Just before the aircraft crashed, the pilot was heard over the radio to say to the young Navigator 'Come up front, laddie. I've been hit' (Dick p.140).
A19-134 JL854 Mk.VIc 26/06/43 2 AP,
11/08/43 5 AD.
10/09/43 3 AD for repair of undercarriage damaged when aircraft bogged whilst taxiing 18/09/43 30 Sqn. Code LY-B (Photo Pentland p.97).
24/09/43 26 RSU for starboard engine change.
07/10/43 30 Sqn.
21/02/44 Missing on operations near Kiriwina.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT W.L. Daniels & Nav SGT R.V. Tibballs.

Beaufighter A19-134

A19-135 T5343 Mk.VIc 12/08/43 1 AD.
23/09/43 5 OTU
05/03/45 Undercarriage callopsed on landing Williamtown.
09/07/45 starboard engine failed in flight at 3000 feet over Wallangatta, forced landed at Albury NSW.
31/07/45 1 APU.
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-136 T5344 Mk.VIc 13/08/43 1 AD.
26/09/43 5 OTU
06/09/44 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-137 JM175 Mk.XIc 06/07/43 1 AD.
21/09/43 30 Sqn.
02/02/43 A19-142 attacked a Betty flying at sea level putting the rear gunner out of action allowing A19-137 to close in and shoot it down from behind (Parnell p.28).
05/10/43 Crash landed due to damage to port nacelle, mainplane and tyre by enemy fighters 20mm shells.
07/10/43 26 RSU.
01/11/43 Converted to components.

Beaufighter Mk.XI 
A19-137,
30 Squadron,
 Crashed due to a tyre punctured by flak.
Vivigani, 
4th October 1943,   
 via Mike Mirkovic.

A19-138 JM182 Mk.XIc 06/07/43 1 AD.
30/08/43 30 Sqn.
08/09/43 Starboard engine damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire whilst on barge strike at Garove Island New Brittain.
16/09/43 26 RSU for repair.
26/09/43 30 Sqn.
09/02/44 Engine trouble after take-off caused a crash landing at Kiriwina.
11/02/44 12 RSU.
13/03/44 10 RSU.
02/05/44 Converted to components.
A19-139 JM183 Mk.XIc 07/07/43 1 AD.
14/09/43 30 Sqn.
25/11/43 Whilst on a Japanese barge sweep off New Britain near Bangula Bay, Ubili the port engine of A19-139 was seen to be smoking. The aircraft rolled onto its back and crashed into the trees exploding on impact (Dick p.155).
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF Percy Coates & Nav PLTOFF Charles Chapple were listed as missing.
10/95 Wreckage of A19-139 spotted from helicopter after Brain Bennett, field manager for a forestry company on New Britain followed a lead from a local Kimbe villager. The RAAF recovery team removed the two bodies for internment in Bita Paka war cemetery Rabaul on 22/11/95, almost exactly 52 years after they went missing (
www.pacificwrecks.com/people/collaborators/bradley/chapple.html).
A19-140 JM184 Mk.XIc 06/07/43 1 AD.
18/09/43 31 Sqn.
21/11/43 During a raid over Maikoor, A19-140 made a head -on attack on a Rufe which did a half roll dived away and crashed into the sea.
Crew: Pilot SQD LDR Reginald "Butch" Gordon (Parnell p.46).
29/02/44 6 RSU.
31/4/44 31 Sqn.
10/12/44 Crash landed at Kamiri when unable to lower undercarriage.
11/12/44 26 RSU for repair.
24/02/45 30 Sqn.
04/04/45 3 AD.
01/11/45 Approved for conversion to components but not carried out.
29/02/48 Struck Off.
A19-141 JM168 Mk.XIc 02/07/43 1 AD.
26/08/43 30 Sqn Code LY-C (Parnell p.112).
17/12/43 on operation near Cape Koas, New Britain.
Crew: Pilot FSGT C.E. Wein & Nav FSGT D.C. Kirkwood.
The wreckage of Beaufighter A19-141 was located on New Britain over the Anzac Day weekend 2005. Both crew members had been executed as prisoners of war on or around 4 March 1944 and are buried at the Bita Paka War Cemetery, Rabaul.
A19-142 JM177 Mk.XIc 02/07/44 1 AD.
29/08/43 30 Sqn. Code LY-M (Parnell p.112).
09/09/43 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire in the elevator and rudder and force landed at Kiriwira. Field repairs.
02/10/43 Attacked a Betty flying at sea level putting the rear gunner out of action allowing A19-137 to close in and shoot it down from behind (Parnell p.28).
05/10/43 26 RSU for repair.
12/10/43 30 Sqn. During a large scale air raid on Tobera airstrip Rabaul A19-142 and A19-97 were pursued by 3 Zeros. A19-97 went missing and was last seen climbing to attack a Zero on the tail of A19-142.
28/10/43 Damaged in operations over New Britain.
16/11/43 15 ARD for repair.
07/01/44 30 Sqn.
25/10/44 26 RSU.
19/02/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter A19-142

A19-143 JM134 Mk.XIc 10/08/43 2 AP.
28/09/43 5 AD.
11/11/43 31 Sqn.
25/12/43 Ground looped, starboard flap and rear fuselage damaged. 2
7/12/44 4 RSU for repairs.
11/01/44 31 Sqn.
21/07/44 31 Sqn. Crashed on take off from Pell Field NT on its second flight after a double engine change.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT Achie Campbell Thompson (400400) was killed. Nav. FLTSGT Hickson seriously injured, FLGOFF D. B. Strachan was slightly injured
27/04/44 4 RSU.
29/07/44 8 CRD.
08/08/44 converted to components.
A19-144 JM135 Mk.XIc 02/07/43 1 AD.
11/09/43 31 Sqn.
03/10/43 Crash landed.
10/10/43 14 ARD repaired.
04/12/43 31 Sqn.
16/12/43 Aircraft was flown by SQDLDR ‘Butch’ Gordon and strafed a barge of Japanese troops alongside a freighter at Lautem Timor. He then engaged several ‘Nicks’ painted chocolate and bright green, shooting down one and damaging another (McAuley p.232).
03/01/44 Tail wheel collapsed on landing Drysdale WA. Pilot retracted undercarriage to avoid hitting parked aircraft.
14/01/44 4 RSU.
01/12/44 Converted to components.
Remains recovered 09/81 by Rob Greinert and Dennis Baxter

Beaufighter A19-144

A Beaufighter is being restored to airworthiness by the Duxford UK based Fighter Collection. It is marked as A19-144. It is a composite built from mainly Australian sourced parts that include A19-144 centre fuselage, A19-148 wing centre section, A19-36 tail section and A8-324 cockpit section.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter marked as A19-144

A19-145 JM185 Mk.XIc 11/07/43 2 AP.
09/08/43 5 AD.
06/10/43 31 Sqn.
21/11/43 Missing during a flight between Millingimbi and Coomalie Creek NT.
Crew: Pilot FSGT H.H. Gaunt, aged 23 & Nav PLTOFF T.J. Jones. T
he wreckage of A19-145 was discovered in 1993 about 10 miles inland from Junction Bay NT (http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/nt63.htm).
A19-146 JM169 Mk.XIc 26/08/43 1 AD.
09/11/43 30 Sqn. Coded LY-X.
13/07/43 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft guns over Boram, New Guinea.
Crew: Pilot SQNLDR G.K. Fenton & Nav PLTOFF R.C. Nelson.
A19-147 JM171 Mk.XIc 11/07/43 2 AP.
11/08/43 5 AD.
11/09/43 30 Sqn.
19/08/43 Engine failure caused crash into a swamp West of Tadji NG where it burnt out.
A19-148 JL946 Mk.XIc 11/07/43 2 AP.
08/08/43 5 AD.
18/09/43 31 Sqn.
09/10/43 Kill on a Japanese Sally (McAuley p.220).
22/01/44 Crash landed Drysdale WA when an engine failed.
27/01/44 4 RSU.
28/03/44 Converted to components.
Remains recovered 09/81 by Rob Greinert and Dennis Baxter
Wing centre section of A19-148 is being used to rebuild The Fighter Collection's "A19-144" at Duxford UK
A19-149 JM285 Mk.X 10/08/43 2 AP.
28/09/43 5 AD.
16/11/43 31 Sqn.
04/01/44 SQNLDR Reginald ‘Butch’ Gordon shot down a Betty near Cape Mali.
16/04/44 4 RSU.
14/06/44 31 Sqn.
17/10/44 14 ARD.
29/11/44 26 RSU.
23/12/44 30 Sqn.
30/12/44 Missing on operations near Mt Danap Celebes.
Crew: Pilot FSGT D.B. Benson & Nav SGT R.L.F. Jones.
A19-150 JM186 Mk.X 11/07/43 2 AP.
03/08/43 5 AD.
26/08/43 5 OTU.
08/10/43 5 AD.
29/09/43 Crash landed at Temora Airstrip in bad weather and port undercarriage collapsed.
08/08/44 3 CRD Converted to components.
A19-151 JM176 Mk.XIc 10/08/43 2 AP.
17/1143 5 AD.
29/12/43 30 Sqn. Coded LY-M (Parnell p.113).
21/01/44 Damaged when a canon shell exploded in blast tube.
13/03/44 10 RSU for repair.
10/05/44 30 Sqn.
24/09/44 Crash landed at Kamiri airstrip.
25/10/44 26 RSU. 29/12/44 Converted to components.
A19-152 JM120 Mk.XIc 01/08/43 2 AP.
27/09/43 5 AD.
02/12/43 31 Sqn.
20/06/44 4 RSU.
20/07/44 5 AD.
04/10/44 5 OTU.
01/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-153 JM282 Mk.X 01/08/43 2 AP.
27/09/43 5 AD.
05/11/43 30 Sqn.
03/07/44 Damaged starboard mainplane when taking evasive action against Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
13/07/44 15 ARD repaired.
02/10/44 30 Sqn.
03/11/44 Crashed into a truck damaging both propellers, repaired in Sqn.
07/01/45 4 RSU.
25/01/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A19-189
A19-153

A19-154 JM283 Mk.X 01/08/43 2 AP.
01/09/43 5 AD.
10/10/43 30 Sqn.
28/03/43 Damaged in starboard wing by Japanese anti-aircraft guns near Kiep Village.
22/04/43 10 RSU.
02/05/44 15 ARD repaired.
08/07/45 5 OTU.
01/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/40 Struck Off.
A19-155 JM284 Mk.X 01/08/43 2 AP.
23/09/45 5 AD.
13/02/43 31 Sqn.
26/06/44 Crash landed at 790B airstrip.
19/10/44 Forced landed at Wauchope NT.
20/11/44 14 ARD repaired and double engine change.
02/12/44 1 AD.
01/07/45 1 APU.
13/09/45 5 OTU.
05/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-156 JM170 Mk.XIc 01/08/43 ?AD.
23/11/43 31 Sqn.
06/04/44 A19-156 was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft in a raid on Semau Island, and forced landed on Cartier Reef/Island, 257 km south of Timor (Photo Mann p.84). The crew set up the rear gun on a coconut stump for defense (Parnell p.50). After several hours the crew, FLGOFF D. B. Strachan & Nav FSGT Brassil were rescued uninjured in A24-44, a 43 Sqn Catalina, piloted by FLGOFF Reg. Marr. The Catalina landed near the Island at dusk and the take-off was in darkness (Vincent p.56). A19-156 was destroyed by a covering Beaufighter.
A19-157 JM236 Mk.XIc 23/08/43 1 AD.
04/10/43 30 Sqn.
18/10/43 Along with Beaufighters A19-104 & A19-90, left the new Kiriwina airstrip in the Trobriand Islands for an anti-barge sweep to Lindenhafen. The trio spotted four Zeros flying slightly higher at 1000 feet and maneuvered for an attack from below but were seen. The Beaufighters avoided combat through superior speed but were pursued for 15 minutes (Parnell p.30).
Crew: Pilot FLTLT A.A. Thompson & Nav PLTOFF P.J. White.
02/02/44 Damaged in crash landing.
05/02/44 12 RSU.
13/03/44 10 RSU. Aircraft was repairable but a shortage of spare parts meant it was converted to components on 08/05/43.
A19-158 JM131 Mk.XIc 11/09/43 2 AP.
28/10/43 5 AD.
29/11/43 31 Sqn.
27/04/44 14 ARD.
25/05/44 31 Sqn.
01/08/44 5 AD for overhaul and double engine change.
19/10/44 5 OTU
08/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/40 Stuck Off.
A19-159 JM272 Mk.X 29/09/43 1 AD.
20/11/43 5 AD.
11/02/44 31 Sqn.
Believed to be coded EH-M (Parnell p. 113)
18/10/44 1 AD for 240 hour inspection and overhaul.
25/02/45 5 OTU
23/03/45 Pilot selected undercarriage retraction instead of flaps when taxiing.
02/04/45 2 CRD.
08/05/45 Converted to components.
A19-160 JM167 Mk.XIc 11/09/43 2 AP.
13/10/43 5 AD.
21/11/43 31 Sqn.
Coded EH-F (Parnell p.113).
21/03/44 Tail wheel collapsed on landing.
27/03/44 17 RSU repaired.
16/06/44 31 Sqn.
26/07/44 4 RSU.
19/12/44 26 RSU.
05/01/45 30 Sqn.
17/04/45 5 RSU.
31/08/45 5 OTU.
09/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/45 Struck Off.
A19-161 JM165 Mk.XIc 11/09/43 2 AP.
02/11/43 5 AD,
26/12/43 31 Sqn. Coded EH-J (Parnell p.113)
23/06/44 14 ARD.
25/08/44 30 Sqn.
17/10/44 30 Sqn.
17/10/44 14 ARD.
18/11/44 26 RSU.
27/11/44 30 Sqn.
24/12/44 Taxied into A8-24 at dispersal.
13/02/45 5 AD.
18/12/45 Converted to components.
A19-162 JM273 Mk.X 29/09/43 2 AP.
04/11/43 5 AD.
08/12/43 31 Sqn.
29/04/44 Crash landed at Coomalie NT.
02/05/44 4 RSU.
19/05/44 14 ARD repaired.
29/10/44 5 OTU.
16/04/45 Crashed and burnt during cross country flight at Burren Junction.

Beaufighter A19-162

A19-163 JM164 Mk.XIc 11/09/43 2 AP.
16/10/43 5 AD.
23/11/45 31 Sqn.
12/05/34 4 RSU.
23/08/44 31 Sqn.
18/09/44 Crashed into sea near Broome, WA after takeoff to provide cover for a Catalina.
Crew: Pilot FSGT R.S. Kerrigan & Nav SGT R.G. Smith were killed (Parnell p.53).
A19-164 LX988 Mk.X 25/10/43 1 AD.
06/02/44 30 Sqn.
26/07/44 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire at Wewak NG and forced landed in surf near Tadji NG.
08/08/44 1 RSU.
21/08/44 Converted to components.
A19-165 LX989 Mk.X 07/10/43 2 AD.
22/12/43 5 AD.
09/02/44 31 Sqn.
27/02/44 A19-165 was the first received by 31 Sqn with feathering propellers. At 17,21 hours it took off from Coomalie NT on a test flight and circled the airstrip at low altitude when it suffered dual engine failure. Pilot attempted a bellylanding but struck trees and burnt. The navigator FSGT KA Smith was killed in the fuselage and the pilot SQDLDR RL ‘Butch’ Gordon was thrown clear but died two and half hours later in hospital. Gordon was a Beaufighter ace with 5 Japanese air kills and 2 ground kills (McAuley p.236).
A19-166 LX990 Mk.X 25/10/43 1 AD.
08/02/44 30 Sqn.
07/07/44 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
13/04/44 15 ARD repaired.
11/02/45 30 Sqn.
09/04/45 5 OTU.
21/09/45 Missing on non-operational cross-country flight.
A19-167 LX991 Mk.X 25/10/43 1 AD.
08/02/44 30 Sqn.
19/05/44 Missing on operations, ditched near Sia Dutch New Guinea.

Beaufighter A19-167

A19-168 LX992 Mk.X 07/10/43 2 AP.
12/01/44 Damaged in take-off accident for test flight.
12/01/44 2 AD.
Converted to components.
A19-169 LX993 Mk.X 25/01/43 1 AD.
22/02/44 1 APU.
27/02/44 1 AD.
16/03/44 30 Sqn.
03/05/44 4 RSU.
08/06/44 31 Sqn.
25/08/44 14 ARD.
29/11/45 5 OTU.
26/03/45 Swung off Williamtown NSW taxiway and starboard undercarriage hit a block and collapsed.
28/04/45 2 CRD.
10/09/45 Converted to components.
A19-170 LX994 Mk.X 25/10/43 1 AD.
06/03/434 30 Sqn. Code: LY-C (colour profile Pentland p.96).
19/02/45 5 OTU 22/03/45 Crashed when pilot selected wheels up during landing run, Rockhampton Q.
11/07/45 2 CRD.
18/10/45 Converted to components.
A19-171 LX995 Mk.X 17/12/43 2 AD.
08/03/44 30 Sqn.
Coded LY-S in photo taken at Tadji NG 08/44.
11/09/44 Crashed into sea 5 miles south of Noemfoor due to engine failure.
A19-172 LZ195 Mk.X 30/11/44 2 AD.
08/03/44 31 Sqn. Coded EH-O (Parnell p.113).
25/08/44 Crash-landed Coomalie airstrip NT.
06/09/44 8 CRD.
16/09/44 Converted to components.
A19-173 LZ196 Mk.X 17/02/43 2 AD.
07/03/44 30 Sqn.
23/07/44 Crashed and burnt on take-off on bombing mission. Tadji, NG.
A typical bomb load for this time was 2x226 kg as targets were relatively close range.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF Jack Hutcheson & Nav SGT Roy Wagner were killed (confirmed by AWM research in Email from Leo Powning 19/11/02).
26/08/44 Converted to components.

Beaufighter A19-173

A19-174 LZ197 Mk.X 02/02/44 2 AD.
25/06/44 30 Sqn.
13/07/44 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft guns and crashed into sea off But.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF C.A. Satchwell & Nav WOFF J.W. McNamara.
A19-175 LZ198 Mk.X 17/12/43 2 AD.
19/04/44 4 RSU.
20/04/44 31 Sqn. Coded EH-U (Parnell p.113).
30/06/44 4 RSU for engine change.
25/07/44 31 Sqn.
17/10/44 24 ARD.
18/11/44 26 RSU.
27/11/44 30 Sqn.
03/01/45 26 RSU.
29/03/45 5 OUT.
25/11/45 5 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-176 LZ199 Mk.X 30/11/45 2 AD.
16/01/44 5 AD.
06/03/44 31 Sqn.
05/10/44 4 RSU for 240 hour inspection.
24/10/44 14 ARD.
12/11/44 1 AD.
21/03/45 5 OTU.
29/11/45 5 AD for storage.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-177 LZ200 Mk.X 30/11/43 2 AD.
21/01/44 5 AD.
20/03/44 31 Sqn. Coded EH-C (Parnell p.113).
11/04/44 Whilst landing in a strong cross wind, the starboard wing struck the ground and the aircraft crashed into an earth bank twisting the rear fuselage Coomalie Creek NT (photo Pentland p.89).
14/04/44 14 RSU.
16/05/44 Converted to components.
A19-178 LZ201 Mk.X 30/11/44 2 AD.
19/01/44 5 AD.
11/03/44 3 AD.
16/03/44 31 Sqn.
15/04/44 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire which knocked out the starboard engine. After flying for 20 minutes on the port engine, aircraft lost height and crashed into the Timor Sea.
Crew: Pilot FSGT H.S. Ashbolt & Nav FSGT E.J. Hiskins.
A19-179 LZ215 Mk.X 30/11/43 2 AD.
21/01/44 5 AD.
08/02/44 30 Sqn. Coded LY-V (Parnell p.113).
22/11/44 Destroyed during Japanese air raid on Wama Airstrip Morotai.
Photo of charred tail section in Parnell p.37.
A19-180 LZ321 Mk.X 02/02/44 2 AD.
14/04/44 31 Sqn.
12/09/44 14 ARD.
01/05/45 5 OTU.
19/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-181 LZ322 Mk.X 08/12/43 2 AD.
16/03/44 31 Sqn. Coded EH-L ‘Ls a Poppin’ (Parnell p.113).
28/07/44 4 RSU.
12/08/44 31 Sqn.
23/08/44 Crashed at Coomalie NT taxiway.
26/08/44 4 RSU for repair.
01/09/44 31 Sqn.
19/10/44 14 ARD. 06/11/44 1 AD.
23/01/45 5 OTU. Coded ‘K’ (Parnell p.113).
15/06/45 Crashed at Williamtown NSW following engine failure.
11/07/45 2 CRD.
01/11/45 Converted to components.

Beaufigher A19-181

A19-182 LZ323 Mk.X 23/01/1944 Received 2 AD ex UK.
09/03/1944 Allotted 31 Sqn  ex 2 AD.
17/03/1944 Issued 31 Sqn  ex 2 AD.
20/03/1944 Received 31 Sqn ex 2 AD.
28/03/1944 Aircraft struck the mast of a lugger it was strafing and crashed onto land at the head of Petela Bay, Roti Island with cannons still firing. Aircraft was seen to explode and burn.
28/03/1944 Crashed on operations over enemy territory 10 Degrees 36S, 123 Degrees 23 E Roti Island. Recommend Write Off.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT Keith Alexander Fitton 403730 & Nav FSGT Richard Charles Foyle 40970.
04/04/1944 Approved Write off
A19-183 LZ324 Mk.X 08/12/43 2 AD.
08/03/44 30 Sqn.
Coded LY-H (Parnell p.113).
08/11/44 26 RSU.
21/02/45 30 Sqn.
09/04/45 5 OTU.
30/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-183

A19-184 LZ325 Mk.X 23/01/44 2 AD.
12/05/44 14 ARD.
15/05/44 31 Sqn,
19/10/44 14 ARD.
06/11/44 1 AD.
04/07/45 5 OTU.
30/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-185 LZ326 Mk.X 30/11/45 2 AD.
12/01/44 5 AD.
06/03/44 30 Sqn.
13/07/44 Missing between Dandriwand River and Muschu Island NG.
Crew: Pilot FSGT H.I. McK Baldock & Nav FSGT N. Abbott.
A19-186 LZ327 Mk.X 23/01/44 2 AD.
16/03/44 1 APU.
05/07/44 5 OTU.
03/10/44 30 Sqn.
16/11/44 Ground looped on completion of landing run Wama airstrip Morotai.
22/12/44 Converted to components.
A19-187 LZ328 Mk.X 23/01/44 2 AD.
10/05/44 30 Sqn.
28/11/44 26 RSU.
21/02/45 30 Sqn.
11/03/45 Crashed into sea 10 miles north of Mahoe Island.
11/03/45 Hit in starboard engine by Japanese anti-aircraft fire after completing a strafing sweep of Lake Tonado. Could not maintain height and ditched into sea 10 miles north of Majoe Island breaking off the tail. Hercules engines noted on RAAF status card as 17701 & 18558.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF N. Redfern & Nav FSGT J. Collinson.
When the US airsea rescue Catalina arrived Redfern was found clinging to the tail wheel and Collinson to his navigators table. Rising seas meant the Catalina couldn't take off and the Pilot Weintjies taxied 40km to smoother water for a take off into a thunderstorm.
A19-188 NE357 Mk.X 21/04/44 2 AD.
09/08/44 30 Sqn.
13/08/44 Struck rock pile on landing approach.
29/08/44 2 CRD.
17/10/44 Converted to components.
A19-189 NE229 Mk.X 17/02/44 2 AD.
19/06/44 31 Sqn Coded EH-V (Parnell p.114).
19/10/44 14 ARD.
29/11/44 26 RSU.
13/12/44 30 Sqn.
Coded LY-V (Parnell p.114).
03/05/45 5 RSU.
13/05/45 5 OTU. Still Coded LY-V.
15/06/45 Became lost on a cross-country flight, ran out of fuel and overturned during forced landing Nabiac Bay NSW.
06/09/45 2 CRD.
29/10/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter A19-189
A19-153

A19-190 NE360 Mk.X 21/04/44 2 AD.
24/07/45 30 Sqn.
Coded LY-A Name: ‘Margeron III’ (Parnell p.114). Colour profile in Pentland p.96.
22/11/44 Destroyed by Japanese air raid on Wama airstrip Morotai.
A19-191 NE231 Mk.X 17/02/44 2 AD.
26/06/44 31 Sqn.
21/10/44 14 ARD.
06/12/44 26 RSU.
05/01/45 30 Sqn.
12/04/45 5 OUT.
01/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-192 NE232 Mk.X 12/02/44 2 AD.
30/06/44 31 Sqn.
26/09/44 Photo Parnell p.54 shows Tiger Head on extreme nose and large girl pinup on starboard nose Name 'Pistol Packin Mama'.
27/09/44 Missing on return from escort duty when Coomalie NT was covered by smoke from bushfires. A19-192 failed to respond to flares, searchlights and radio and the crew bailed out near Box Creek NT but only the Navigator was found.
Crew: Pilot FSGT L.F. Ritchie was killed & Nav Warner survived.
A19-193 NE245 Mk.X 17/02/44 2 AD.
24/06/44 31 Sqn. Code EH-T (Photo Pentland p.89).
06/07/44 4 RSU.
03/07/44 Crashed and burnt on impact North West of Coomalie NT.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT W.J.F. Coote.
24/07/44 8 CRD.
27/08/44 Converted to components.
A19-194 NE358 Mk.X 16/04/44 2 AD.
26/07/44 30 Sqn.
11/08/44 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire near Utarmon Dutch New Guinea, when shell burst in fuselage near navigator’s cockpit.
18/08/44 5 AD repaired.
19/10/44 5 OUT.
10/11/44 Crashed into sea close to chore off Evans Heads NSW after collision with A19-36.
Aircraft wreckage not located but parts including the tail assembly washed ashore.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF A.R. Webster.
A19-195 NE359 Mk.X 16/04/44 2 AD.
22/07/44 30 Sqn.
01/12/44 Hit tree and ditched off Lambeh Island during an attack on a radar installation.

Beaufighter A19-195

A19-196 NE361 Mk.X 16/03/44 2 AD.
11/07/44 30 Sqn.
22/11/44 Damaged by Japanese air raid at Wama airstrip Morotai.
14/04/45 26 RSU Converted to components.
A19-197 NE230 Mk.X 16/04/44 2 AD.
20/07/44 14 ARD.
12/08/44 31 Sqn. Replacing A19-203.
24/11/44 Ditched into sea 125 miles off Cape Atep Celebes after fuel lines hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
A19-198 NE356 Mk.X 16/03/33 2 AD.
14/07/44 31 Sqn.
12/11/44 26 RSU.
14/12/44 Crash landed when undercarriage collapsed at Kamiri airstrip Noemfoer after a non-operational flight.
Repaired at 26 RSU.
14/01/45 30 Sqn.
12/04/45 5 OTU.
26/08/45 Crashed half a mile East of Williamtown airstrip NSW.
27/08/45 2 CRD Converted to components.
A19-199 NE482 Mk.X 23/05/44 1 AD.
13/08/45 5 OTU.
03/10/44 30 Sqn
22/11/44 Damaged by Japanese air raid on Wama airstrip Morotai. Temporary repairs made the aircraft flyable.
23/12/44 26 RSU.
25/09/45 3 CRD.
14/03/46 Converted to components.
A19-200 NE485 Mk.X 23/05/44 1 AD.
01/09/44 30 Sqn. Coded LY-K (Parnell p.114).
27/11/44 26 RSU.
14/12/44 30 Sqn.
18/12/44 Crash landed at Morotai after Japanese anti-aircraft fire shot away hydraulics over Langoa.
09/04/45 26 RSU Converted to components.
A19-201 NE484 Mk.X 19/04/44 2 AD.
13/07/44 30 Sqn.
12/03/45 5 AD.
02/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off
A19-202 NE483 Mk.X 19/04/44 2 AD.
30/07/44 30 Sqn. Named ‘Wendy-Gwen II’ (Parnell p.114).
06/12/44 Crashed into sea 14 miles East of Cape Celebes.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT A.R. MacPherson & Nav FSGT N.R. Stanton.
A19-203 NE487 Mk.X 19/04/44 2 AD.
21/07/44 31 Sqn.
06/10/44 Crashed and burnt on the gunnery range 6 miles South East of Coomalie airstrip NT.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF R.J. Ingle & Nav PLTOFF A.S. Way.
A19-204 NE584 Mk.X 19/04/44 2 AD.
12/08/44 14 ARD.
25/05/44 31 Sqn.
26/08/44 Caught fire during an inspection.
Repaired in Sqn.
14/02/45 Damaged in rear fuselage by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Tandano Celebes. 29/03/45 5 AD repaired.
22/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A19-204

A19-205 NE585 Mk.X 19/04/44 2 AD. 13/07/44 30 Sqn Coded LY-P (Parnell p.114). 17/08/44 Rear of aircraft damaged during force landed on Mapia Island.
Aircraft repaired. 12/04/45 5 OTU. 01/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-205
Photo at Australian War Museum OG2137 claims to show A19-205 on 23/10/44 being towed at 22 RSU minus outer starboard wing and its entire tail assembly. Close examination appears to show the rear fuselage off A19-205 fitted to another aircraft.

A19-206 NE573 Mk.X 06/07/44 2 AD.
05/09/44 30 Sqn.
16/11/44 Crashed on take off from Kamiri Strip.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF R.M. Porch & Nav FSGT W.F.M. Harty.
28/11/44 26 RSU.
19/12/44 Converted to components.
A19-207 NE574 Mk.X 13/06/44 1 AD.
11/01/45 5 OTU
01/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-208 NE586 Mk.X 13/06/44 1 AD.
10/08/44 5 OTU.
04/09/44 31 Sqn.
27/09/44 Missing on return from escort duty when Coomalie was covered by smoke from bushfires. A19-208 failed to respond to flares, searchlights and radio and radar tracked it until it dived off the radar screen east of Fenton.
No trace of the crew were found although wreckage was discovered at Pine Creek about 12 months later.
Crew: Pilot SQNLDR W.L. Wackett & Nav PLTOFF K.E.W. Noble. SQNLDR Wackett was the son of Sir Lawrence Wackett, aircraft designer.
A19-209 NE587 Mk.X 06/07/44 1 AD.
05/09/44 30 Sqn.
09/09/44 Crashed landed at Kamiri airstrip with undercarriage retracted following hydraulic damage from Japanese anti-aircraft fire. Repaired.
20/09/44 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire when attacking Japanese barges near Bomberai Peninsula Ceram.
Aircraft not found until 1947.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT A.J. Moody & Nav SGT A.G. Aitcheson walked 300km before being captured and executed by the Japanese.
A19-210 NE588 Mk.X 13/06/44 1 AD.
03/09/44 30 Sqn.
11/09/44 Crash-landed at Kamiri Airstrip with undercarriage retracted following engine failure.
01/11/45 26 RSU.
08/11/45 Converted to components.
A19-211 NE589 Mk.X 13/06/44 1 AD.
27/08/44 5 OTU.
03/10/44 30 Sqn.
21/12/44 Converted to components.
A19-212 NE693 Mk.X 06/07/44 2 AD.
10/10/44 30 Sqn.
16/11/44 Bellylanded at Kamiri airstrip when a tyre blew on take-off.
26/11/45 26 RSU repaired.
04/12/44 30 Sqn.
14/12/45 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire at Tondano.
09/04/45 5 AD.
15/06/45 1 AD.
20/10/45 5 AD.
08/08/45 Stuck Off.
A19-213 NE694 Mk.X 23/07/44 2 AD.
04/11/44 30 Sqn. Code: LY-S.
09/01/45 Crashed due to loss of power in starboard engine after hitting bulldozer on take-off Wama airstrip Morotai.
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF V.A. White was killed but Nav FLGOFF D.E. Lyons was uninjured.
Photo Australian War Museum P01167.041.
09/04/45 26 RSU Converted to components.
A19-214 NE695 Mk.X 13/07/44 2 AD.
19/09/44 30 Sqn. Coded LY-N (Parnell p.114)
24/11/44 Damaged by Japanese raid on Morotai.
17/04/45 5 RSU
02/11/45 60 OBU
29/01/46 5 RSU converted to components.

Beaufighter A19-214

A19-215 NE696 Mk.X 23/07/44 2 AD.
26/09/44 30 Sqn. Coded LY-D (Parnell p.114)
20/10/44 New mainplane fitted in Sqn.
22/11/44 Damaged during Japanese bombing raid on Morotai (email from Ross Monley 21/11/02).
07/04/45 5 OTU stored.
01/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A19-216 ? Mk.X 23/07/45 2 AD.
26/09/45 30 Sqn.
29/10/44 Shot down into Bay of Bagoela Amboina whilst on operations.
Crew: Pilot SQNLDR R.H. Wallace & Nav PLTOFF R.H. Hider were killed only 10 days after taking up duty with 30 Sqn (Parnell p.35).
A19-217 ? Mk.X 03/07/44 2 AD.
21/09/44 30 Sqn. ‘Eileen’ (Parnell p.114)
28/12/44 Bellylanded at Pitoe Airstrip Morotai. Repaired.
22/01/45 hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire in wing leading edge and starboard mainplane during an attack on a bridge at Tondano Celebes and crashed on landing at Morotai.
06/04/45 Converted to components by 26 RSU.
A19-218 ? Mk.X 20/08/45 1 AD.
03/09/45 1 Communications Unit.
30/10/45 3 AD.
22/03/46 Stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
 
     
 

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The Author of this page is Ron Wynn, (Updated by Brendan Cowan and Martin Edwards)

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