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DAP Beaufighter A8-173 
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See also A19 Bristol Beaufighter and Bristol Beaufighter 455 & 456 Sqn RAAF

 
     
 
Aircraft Serial Aircraft History
A8-1 26/05/44 first flight of an Australian built Beaufighter Mk 21 at DAP Fisherman's' Bend factory,
Pilot FLTLT John. Miles (photo Wilson p.89 & p.105).
04/06/44 1 AD.
03/07/44 1 APU for service trials (Wilson p.97-105).
22/03/46 1AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A8-1

A8-2 02/07/44 1 AD.
28/09/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-Z (Parnell p.115), Nose: believed to be 'Macksville II'.
11/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-3 04/07/44 1 AD.
27/07/44 1 APU used for armament service trials including 50 caliber wing gun mountings and locally manufactured 20mm cannon.
15/03/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-4 21/07/44 1 AD.
23/09/44 5OTU.
06/09/45 brake cable broke on landing causing aircraft to swing, heavily damaging port under-carriage at Huxton satellite aerodrome.
21/09/45 2 CRD.
30/11/45 approved for conversion to components.
A8-5 29/07/44 1 AD.
08/09/44 31 Sqn.
13/10/44 Along with A8-8 destroyed two parked Dinahs at Lautem airstrip.
Pilot: FLGOFF D.B. Strachan Nav FSGT Brassil (Parnell p.54).
15/02/45 crashed Pitu strip Morotai.
14/04/45 5 RSU.
01/05/45 converted to components.
A8-6 23/07/44 1 AD.
20/09/44 31 Sqn. Along with A8-13 was one of the first two Australian built Beaufighters received by 31 Sqn (Parnell p.53).
31/03/45 Pilot FLGOFF Edwards Nav FLGOFF D.I. Beasley strafed shoreline along with A8-104 whilst Catalina of 113 ASRF rescued crew of A8-33 shot down off Tulehu (Parnell p.60). See entry under A8-33 for full details.
08/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-7 24/07/44 1 AD.
02/10/44 31 Sqn Morotai. Trialled with US zero length rocket stubs which proved successful but was not used operationally.
09/12/44 tyre burst on landing Wama airstrip and aircraft swung into a heap of rubble.
Repaired by in-Sqn with parts from crashed aircraft.
01/01/45 Hit by Japanese AA during armed reconnaissance over Celebes and ditched in Molucca Passage.
Pilot Chiffings rescued by Catalina the next day but Nav FSGT E.A. Frost was not found (Parnell p.57).
A8-8 28/07/44 1 AD.
02/10/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-A Nose: 'Ailsa Joan' (Parnell p.115).
13/10/44 Along with A8-5 destroyed two parked Dinahs Lautem airstrip
Pilot: FLGOFF S.R. Sippe Nav FSGT McKenzie (Parnell p.54).
12/12/44 damaged by AA in starboard wing, repaired in-Sqn -
13/02/45 swung violently, lost height and crashed into sea off Gela Point Morotai when returning from practice flight.
A8-9 28/07/45 1 AD.
02/10/44 31 Sqn
12/12/44 minor AA damage.
17/02/45 crashed and sank in deep water 20 miles off Cape Gela during bombing practice.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF M. Scarr & Nav PLTOFF L.H. Chester were killed.
A8-10 01/08/44 1 AD.
28/09/44 31 Sqn.
16/11/44 Leader of six Beaufighters in first ever RAAF rocket strike at Hateolia (Parnell p.54). 09/12/44 staffing attack Joho Island.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT J.A. Boyd & Nav FLGOFF D.I. Beasley.
01/02/45 hit by AA fire and overturned and burnt during attempted crash landing near Tomohan North Celebes.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT D.R. Taylor and Nav PLTOFF K. Packham both killed (Parnell p.56).
A8-11 05/08/44 1 AD.
16/10/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-D (Parnell p.115).
18/02/45 hit a parked aircraft when brakes failed.
13/04/45 5 RSU.
29/01/46 converted to components.
A8-12 01/08/44 1 AD.
10/10/44 31 Sqn. Code: EH-I (Photo supplied by Stephen Matthews 08/03).
21/09/45 Along with A8-183 and A8-186, took part in last recorded 22 Sqn operation which was to Ambon.
Pilot: FLGOFF Melchert Nav PLTOFF Cormack. (Parnell p.63).
11/05/45 5 RSU double engine change.
01/08/45 22 Sqn.
08/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-13 16/08/44 1 AD.
20/09/44 31 Sqn. Along with A8-6 was one of the first two Australian built Beaufighters received by 31 Sqn (Parnell p.53).
26/09/44 First operation.
27/11/44 Aircraft hit strong down-draught causing heavy landing and damaging under-carriage Coomalie airstrip NT.
29/11/44 4 RSU
28/03/45 26 RSU
05/04/45 31 Sqn 14/04/45 5 RSU
08/06/45 22 Sqn tail wheel collapsed on landing Wama airstrip.
11/09/45 93 Sqn Code: SK-G (Parnell p.115).
08/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-14 29/09/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-J (Parnell p.115).
10/01/45 damaged by AA over Halmaheras, engine salvaged from A8-22 used as a replacement.
03/03/45 tail strut collapsed on landing Morotai and aircraft hit ditch.
14/04/45 5 RSU.
19/05/45 converted to components.
A8-15 15/08/44 1 AD.
07/10/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-P (Parnell p.115).
15/03/45 damaged by bomb explosion over bridge at Taniahon, repaired in-Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-16 16/08/45 1 AD.
29/09/44 31 Sqn.
15/02/45 crashed in deep water off Majoe Island near Morotai.
A8-17 17/08/44 1 AD.
10/10/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-X Nose: 'Macksville' (Parnell p.115)
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF K. Sounness (Mt Barker WA) Nav PLTOFF G. Cant (Nyah Vic) Rigger D. Reeves (Stawell Vic).
25/11/44 extensively damaged when swung on take-off Coomalie NT airstrip.
27/11/44 4 RSU.
01/12/44 8 CRD
29/12/44 converted to components.
A8-18 17/08/44 1 AD.
07/10/44 31 Sqn.
26/03/45 damaged AA over Liang Ambonia, repaired in-Sqn.
25/06/45 5 RSU converted to components.
A8-19 21/08/44 1 AD.
12/10/44 31 Sqn
22/12/44 crashed landed Wama airstrip Morotai.
21/02/45 converted to components.
A8-20 28/08/44 1 AD.
09/10/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-M (Parnell p.115).
18/02/45 belly landing Wama airstrip Morotai after both engines failed due to fuel starvation. Insufficient time to lower the under-carriage.
14/04/45 5 RSU.
29/01/46 converted to components.
A8-21 26/08/45 1 AD
07/10/44 31 Sqn
13/06/45 dingy released in flight shortly after take-off from Sanga Sanga airstrip Tawi Tawi, damaging the tailplane.
27/05/45 5 RSU for repair
18/10/45 5 AD stored. 08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A8-21

A8-22 28/08/44 1 AD.
06/10/44 31 Sqn.
06/01/45 swung on take-off when starboard brake seized causing the port under-carriage to collapse, Wama airstrip Morotai.
06/02/45 converted to components.
A8-23 28/08/44 1 AD.
16/10/44 31 Sqn. Code EH-C all grouped aft of the roundel, Nose: tigers head.
Pilot: FLGOFF A.A. Burton Nav PLTOFF R.W. Lyons (Pentland Vol 2, profile p.94, photo p.95).
09/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-24 05/09/44 1 AD
16/10/44 31 Sqn Morotai Nose: tigers head (photo Pentland Vol 2 p.95 and AWM OG3356)
22/12/44 Damaged in taxiing accident with A19-161. (Photo of the damaged port tailplane in AWM OG3373).
15/02/45 Damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Tondano and crashed on landing Morotai.
02/04/45 5 RSU.
01/05/45 converted to components.
A8-25 09/09/44 1 AD.
16/10/44 31 Sqn Code: EH-V (Parnell p.115).
02/02/45 Lost power and crashed on take-off Morotai.
20/03/45 26 RSU converted to components.
A8-26 09/09/44 1 AD.
20/10/44 31 Sqn.
23/11/44 Crash landed Wama airstrip Morotai.
28/11/44 31 Sqn.
22/12/44 converted to components.
A8-27 07/09/44 1 AD. 02/10/44 damaged by fire in both carburettor intakes.
20/11/44 DAP for replacement of fuel lines.
24/11/44 1 AD.
06/12/44 26 RSU.
12/12/44 22 Sqn Code: DU-A Nose: 'Rockabye Baby intersecting painting of a Japanese solider under attack by a Beaufighter' (Parnell p.115, profile Wilson p.135).
26/10/45 5 AD stored. 08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A8-27

A8-28 13/09/44 1 AD.
28/11/44 30 Sqn. Damaged by Japanese raid flown to 26 RSU for repairs.
09/12/44 First operation Pilot FLTLT R. Rankin Nav SGT G.H. Cane.
15/12/44 Hydraulics damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Mendado Celebes, crash landed, no injury to crew (Parnell p.37).
16/01/45 converted to components.

Beaufighter A19-28 
and A19-33

A8-29 14/09/44 1 AD.
28/11/44 30 Sqn Damaged by Japanese raid Wama Strip Morotai, repaired by 26 RSU.
17/01/45 31 Sqn as a reserve aircraft.
27/03/45 Damaged in starboard wing and engine by Japanese Anti-Aircraft fire.
05/06/45 5 RSU for repair.
02/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/45 Struck Off.
A8-30 01/11/44 1 AD.
04/01/45 DAP.
09/01/45 1 AD.
14/01/45 5 OTU Code: HI (Parnell p.116).
26/04/45 Swung on landing damaging starboard under-carriage at Williamtown.
05/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
09/09/49 Struck Off.
A8-31 15/09/44 1 AD.
20/11/44 DAP for replacement of fuel lines.
24/11/44 1 AD.
05/12/44 26 RSU.
15/12/44 31 Sqn.
25/04/45 Damaged in main spar of starboard wing by Japanese Anti-Aircraft fire whilst strafing at Namelea.
5 RSU for repairs.
14/10/45 Crashed on take-off Wama airstrip Morotai.
03/12/45 Converted to components.
A8-32 16/09/44 1AD.
20/10/44 26 RSU.
26/12/44 31 Sqn.
01/02/45 Crashed in enemy territory North Celebes, last heard of on fire and possibly damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire over Tomohon.
Crew: Pilot WOFF W.R. McGuigan & Nav FSGT A.E. Lewis were killed.
A8-33 18/09/44 1 AD.
28/11/44 26 RSU.
01/01/45 31 Sqn. (photo just after delivery Pentland V2 p.90).
31/03/45 Hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire in port engine and mainplane, gradually lost height and ditched near Ambonia.
Crew: Pilot WOFF R.K. Roberts & Nav either FLGOFF Hastie (Vincent p.86) or SGT B. W. Phillips (Parnell p.59) who was slightly wounded in the stomach took to their dingy.
Accompanying Beaufighter A8-89 (Pilot: PLTOFF K. W. Sourness & Nav PLTOFF Coleman) radioed for air-sea rescue and circled until fuel shortage forced its departure. A8-6 (Pilot FLGOFF Edwards & Nav FLGOFF D.I. Beasley) and A8-104 (Pilot PLTOFF T.W. Ellis & Nav PLTOFF Coleman) then took up station until Catalina A24-109 piloted by FLTLT W. Mills of 113 ASR Flight landed on the water just 300m from shore.
The Catalina suddenly came under fire from a camouflaged Japanese watercraft and its blister guns returned fire. Both Beaufighters commenced strafing the shoreline. An engine of A8-104 was disabled by ground fire but continued to strafe until the Catalina, which was slightly damaged ,had taken off.
The crew of A8-33 were successfully rescued and the Navigator recovered from his injuries. (Vincent p.86 & Parnell p.59-60)

Beaufighter A19-28 
and A19-33

A8-34 23/09/44 1 AD.
30/10/44 26 RSU.
31/01/45 22 Sqn.
02/04/45 Shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and crashed onto its back bursting into flames, South-West Ceram.
Crew: Pilot WOFF H.M. Dempster & Nav FLGOFF W.J. Liston were killed.
A8-35 25/09/45 1 AD.
01/11/44 31 Sqn.
28/11/44 30 Sqn.
28/11/44 Damaged by Japanese air-raid Wama airstrip Morotai. Repaired.
06/01/45 First 30 Sqn operation by an Australian built Beaufighter (Parnell p.61).
17/01/45 31 Sqn. 23/04/45 Damaged in tail area in towing accident Wama airstrip Morotai. Repaired.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
17/11/45 5AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-36 25/09/44 1 AD.
28/11/45 26 RSU.
15/12/44 Ground-looped at Kamiri airstrip.
05/01/45 26 RSU Converted to components.

Beaufighter A8-36

A8-37 25/09/44 1 AD.
30/10/44 26 RSU.
01/01/45 31 Sqn. Code: EH-W grouped together aft of the roundel. The name “Ivy” appears under the cupola on the port side (wife of Ground Crew LAC I.D. Gray). The name “Beryl II” appears on the port nose and the number 37 is encased in a map of Australia, minus Tasmania, on the front of the nose cone. The starboard nose has the name “Gwen” (wife of FLTLT L. Watson) with the names “Pilot F/L 'Doc' Watson & Nav P/O Joe Prowse” directly under the cockpit. The information came from a series of photos taken at Morotai on or after 02/45 and supplied in 08/03 by Stephen Matthews, grandson of LAC Gray.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT L.Watson & Nav PLTOFF J. Prowse, Airframe Fitters LAC I. Gray & LAC K. Bresden.
18/10/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-37  

A8-38 28/09/44 1 AD.
28/11/49 26 RSU.
05/01/45 22 Sqn.
20/01/45 Ditched 3 miles south-east of Kaiuiri airstrip Noemfoor.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT J.T. Robert & Nav FLGOFF A.G. Halliday were killed.
A8-39 27/09/44 1 AD.
28/11/44 26 RSU.
26/12/44 31 Sqn.
11/06/45 Crashed into sea 5 miles South-West of Sanga Sanga airstrip shortly after night take-off. Mid-air collision with A8-191.
Crew: Pilot WOFF J.K. Holmes & Nav SGT A.H. Johnston were killed.
A8-40 28/09/44 1 AD.
29/09/44 Beaufort Division DAP for special duties.
07/02/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-41 30/09/44 1 AD.
20/01/45 26 RSU.
31/01/45 22 Sqn.
15/03/45 Damaged port wing by bird strike during an operational sweep.
Repaired in-Sqn.
25/04/45 Damaged by bomb fragments from bomb accidently dropped by a Kittyhawk on take-off, Wama airstrip Morotai. Repaired in-Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-42 04/10/44 1 AD.
30/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
23/11/44 1 AD.
13/01/45 26 RSU.
07/02/45 22 Sqn.
12/06/45 Crashed into sea shortly after take-off when starboard engine failed, Sanga Sanga.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF R.P. Scott. Photo Wilson p.123.

DAP Beaufighter A8-42

A8-43 12/10/44 1 AD.
21/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
27/11/44 1 AD.
09/12/44 26 RSU.
12/12/44 22 Sqn.
23/12/44 26 RSU.
04/01/45 22 Sqn.
10/01/45 AWM Photo OG3379 shows the tail section Morotai.
23/02/45 Ditched following port engine failure, north of Obimulor Island.
A8-44 06/10/44 1 AD.
21/11/44 DAP for replacement of fuel lines.
28/11/44 1 AD.
06/12/44 26 RSU.
26/12/44 31 Sqn. Code: EH-S (Parnell p.116).
06/01/45 Crashed on landing Pitoe airstrip Morotai.
15/04/45 5 RSU.
02/11/45 60 OBU.
29/01/46 Converted to components.
A8-45 09/10/44 1 AD.
22/11/44 DAP for replacement of fuel lines.
29/11/44 1 AD.
09/12/44 26 RSU.
12/12/44 22 Sqn. 23/12/44 26 RSU.
23/01/45 22 Sqn.
07/05/45 5 RSU
11/06/45 22 Sqn.
04/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-46 13/10/44 1 AD.
12/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
30/11/44 1 AD.
09/12/44 26 RSU.
12/12/44 22 Sqn.
23/12/44 26 RSY.
14/01/45 22 Sqn.
16/03/45 Damaged when aircraft swung violently on take-off and port wing struck obstacle on the edge of Wama airstrip Morotai. Repaired in-Sqn.
26/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-47 17/10/44 1 AD
12/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
01/12/44 1 AD.
11/12/44 26 RSU.
01/01/45 31 Sqn.
08/01/45 Damaged when aircraft taxiied into a building Wama airstrip Morotai.
14/04/45 5 RSU repaired.
09/06/45 22 Sqn as replacement for A8-13.
11/06/45 5 AD.
21/06/45 5 RSU. 3
0/10/45 60 OBU.
08/11/45 5 AD.
09/01/46 2 CRD.
15/03/46 2 AD.
14/05/46 stored 2 AD.
06/09/45 Struck Off.
A8-48 17/10/44 1 AD.
27/11/45 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
27/11/44 1 AD.
09/12/44 26 RSU.
19/12/44 Crashed and burned while landing Kamiri airstrip.
23/12/44 26 RSU.
09/01/45 Converted to components.
A8-49 18/10/44 1 AD.
27/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
01/12/44 1 AD.
17/12/44 26 RSU.
06/01/45 22 Sqn.
31/01/45 Ground-looped at Kamiri.
06/02/45 26 RSU.
01/03/45 Converted to components.
A8-50 21/10/44 1 AD.
04/12/44 DAP for replacement of fuel lines.
07/12/44 1 AD.
30/12/44 26 RSU.
23/01/45 22 Sqn Code: DU-H (Parnell p.116, profile Wilson p.135).
06/10/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-51 29/09/44 2 AD.
13/12/45 5 AD.
17/01/45 DAP.
29/01/45 26 RSU.
13/02/45 Damaged in taxiing accident when brake control cable broke, Wards airstrip Port Moresby.
27/01/45 15 ARD for repairs.
19/11/45 5 AD Damaged when landing in strong crosswinds and tailwheel hit airstrip lights, Garbutt Q.
22/11/45 13 ARD stored.
16/07/46 approval to convert to components.
A8-52 30/09/44 2 AD.
16/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
07/12/44 5 AD.
17/01/45 DAP modifications to fuel hand wheel selector and undercarriage retraction jack.
23/01/45 5 AD.
13/02/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 22 Sqn.
26/10/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-52

A8-53 24/10/44 1 AD.
28/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
04/12/44 1 AD.
11/12/44 26 RSU.
18/01/45 31 Sqn.
31/03/45 Damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire in starboard wing Haroekoe Ambonia .
14/04/45 5 RSU repaired.
28/08/45 Extensive damage by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
28/09/45 5 RSU Converted to components.
A8-54 21/10/44 1 AD.
29/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
04/12/44 1 AD.
17/01/45 5 OTU.
05/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-55 26/10/44 1 AD.
29/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
04/12/44 1 AD.
03/01/45 26 RSU.
06/01/45 22 Sqn Code: DU-K (Parnell p.116).
05/06/45 Crashed on take-off and totally destroyed by fire at Sanga Sanga airstrip Tawi Tawi.

Beaufighter A8-55

A8-56 05/10/44 2 AD.
10/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
17/11/44 2 AD.
07/12/44 5 AD.
09/01/45 DAP modifications to fuel hand wheel selector and undercarriage retraction jack.
01/02/45 26 RSU.
23/02/45 22 Sqn.
25/04/45 Extensively damaged by fragments from bomb accidently dropped by a Kittyhawk on take-off Wama airstrip Morotai.
28/04/45 5 RSU.
19/05/45 Converted to components.
A8-57 28/10/44 1 AD.
30/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
04/12/44 1 AD.
18/12/44 Pilots hatch detached during flight.
19/12/44 10 RSU repaired.
29/11/45 40 OBU.
03/12/45 8 Comms Unit.
17/12/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-58 11/10/45 2 AD.
07/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
30/11/44 2 AD.
02/05/45 26 RSU.
27/03/34 30 Sqn.
08/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-59 26/10/44 1 AD.
30/11/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
04/12/44 1 AD.
15/02/45 26 RSU.
24/02/45 31 Sqn.
11/10/45 5 AD.
03/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-60 27/10/44 1 AD.
04/12/44 DAP modifications to fuel hand wheel selector and undercarriage retraction jack.
08/12/44 1 AD.
26/12/44 26 RSU.
05/01/45 31 Sqn.
25/06/45 5 RSU for engine change.
23/07/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
07/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-61 01/11/44 1 AD.
05/12/44 DAP modifications to fuel hand wheel selector and undercarriage retraction jack.
09/12/44 1 AD.
29/12/45 26 RSU.
05/01/45 22 Sqn.
14/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-62 01/11/44 1 AD.
20/01/45 26 RSU.
04/02/45 22 Sqn.
10/30/45 Severely damaged on landing Wama airstrip Morotai.
16/03/45 26 RSU.
04/04/45 Converted to components.
A8-63 04/11/44 1 AD.
05/12/44 DAP modifications to fuel hand wheel selector and undercarriage retraction jack.
17/12/44 22 Sqn.
27/12/44 Damaged Jackson airstrip Port Moresby.
28/11/44 15 ARD repaired.
17/05/45 26 RSU.
27/08/45 22 Sqn.
08/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-64 30/10/44 2 AD.
23/01/45 DAP modifications to fuel hand wheel selector and undercarriage retraction jack.
27/01/45 5 AD.
20/02/45 26 RSU.
10/05/45 22 Sqn.
31/05/45 Ditched South-West of Halmahera after loss of power in port engine. Aircraft unable to maintain height.
A8-65 04/11/44 1 AD.
06/12/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
14/12/44 1 AD.
22/01/45 26 RSU.
31/01/45 22 Sqn.
11/02/45 Belly-landed due to brake failure Morotai.
28/03/45 26 RSU.
14/04/45 Converted to components.
A8-66 26/10/44 2 AD.
07/12/44 DAP replacement of fuel lines.
28/12/44 5 AD.
23/01/45 DAP.
24/01/45 5 AD.
05/02/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 22 Sqn Code: DU-O (Parnell p.117).
19/08/45 Crashed on take-off Tarakan.
21/08/45 26 RSU.
24/09/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter A8-66

A8-67 13/11/44 1 AD.
29/11/45 26 RSU.
23/01/45 22 Sqn Code: DU-Q (Parnell p.117)
25/04/45 Damaged by fragments from a bomb accidently dropped by a Kittyhawk on take-off Wama airstrip. Further damage when struck on port wing by taxiing C47.
29/06/45 60 OBU for repair.
20/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off
A8-68 11/01/45 1 AD.
28/11/45 26 RSU.
05/01/45 31 Sqn.
25/07/45 Damaged in Taxiing accident Wama airstrip Morotai – repaired.
25/09/45 Crash-landed Morotai.
08/10/45 5 RSU.
02/11/45 60 OBU.
07/11/45 Converted to components.
A8-69 21/11/44 1 AD.
29/12/44 26 RSU.
23/01/45 22 Sqn.
04/10/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-70 30/10/44 2 AD.
06/12/44 DAP for replacement of fuel lines.
20/01/45 5 AD.
06/04/45 26 RSU.
11/04/45 30 Sqn.
19/10/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-71 01/12/44 1 AD.
18/01/45 5 OTU 24/06/45 Mid-air collision with A8-93, crashed 3 miles South-East of Parkes aerodrome.
Crew: Pilot WOFF M.P. Watson Nav SGT V.M. Fry were killed.
29/06/45 8 OTU
21/08/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter A8-71

A8-72 29/11/44 2 AD.
05/03/45 26 RSU.
11/04/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-M Nose: 'sot-as-ell' Witch nose art. (photo Pentland Vol2 p.95).
15/10/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-73 14/11/44 1 AD.
04/01/45 5 OTU
05/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-74 17/11/44 1 AD.
30/12/44 1 APE for rocket firing trials.
15/10/45 1 AD.
08/11/45 1 APE for fuel consumption tests and Mark8 rocket installation trials.
23/03/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-75 17/11/44 1 AD.
14/01/45 5 OTU
24/04/45 Damaged starboard mainplane and engine when swung on landing, Williamtown.
05/05/45 2 CRD.
26/06/45 converted to components.

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A8-76 29/01/44 2 AD.
01/03/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. No Sqn code known but if carried, likely code was SK-Y.
12/03/45 Swung off runway on take-off from Cook town River Mission whilst escorting 79 Sqn Spitfires to Morotai. Main damage was to center section and starboard under-carriage.
Pilot WOFF CW. Lawton and Nav FSGT N.A. Duckmanton (Ventura p.4).
18/03/44 5 AD for repair assessment.
01/11/45 converted to components.
A8-77 18/11/44 1 AD.
31/01/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. No Sqn code known but if carried, likely code was SK-A. One of the first five Beaufighters delivered to 93 Sqn Jan 45.
04/03/45 Damaged by flying debris from practice rocket attack on a replica Japanese bunker at Wasp Creek Range Southport (Ventura p.4).
19/03/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 SOC.
A8-78 17/11/44 2 AD.
03/01/45 5 AD.
09/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy Code: SK-B (Parnell p.117).
10/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off. Ventura (p.16) has this aircraft stalling and crashing short of runway at Labuan strip on 16/08/45 piloted by WOFF J.H. Ellis.
This appears to be a case of mistaken identity and the crashed aircraft appears to be A8-129.
A8-79 23/11/44 1 AD.
29/01/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 31 Sqn.
10/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-80 23/11/44 1 AD.
01/03/45 5 OTU Code: PI.
24/04/45 aircraft swung on landing Williamtown aerodrome. Damage to port mainframe, engine and under-carriage (photo Wilson p.126).
26/04/45 2 RSU repaired.
05/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-81 24/11/44 1 AD.
14/01/45 5 out.
27/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy.
17/3/45 3 AD. 20/03/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-D.
23/03/45 Tail wheel collapsed during compass swing damaging rear fuselage / rudder.
25/11/45 Damaged when swung on landing at Labuan strip.
02/12/45 1 RSU -
09/01/46 approved for conversion to components.
A8-82 03/11/44 2 AD.
02/05/45 Crew bailed out due to engine failure (Parnell p.117) and aircraft crashed at Spring wood Hawksbury.
13/03/45 2 CRD converted to components.
A8-83 25/11/44 1 AD.
08/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Coded SK-E.
27/02/45 Crash landed east of Leyburn strip (Ventura p.4).
11/03/45 3 AD then 3 CRD.
14/03/45 replaced by A8-159 SK-E.
23/04/45 A8-83 was converted to components.
A8-84 08/11/44 2 AD.
09/02/45 5 AD
22/03/45 26 RSU.
23/03/45 30 Sqn.
07/11/45 5 AD stored.
06/11/45 converted to instruction airframe No.10.
01/02/52 CMU Wagga.
14/01/53 Sold to R.H. Grant Pity. Ltd. for scrap.

Beaufighter A8-84

A8-85 19/12/44 1 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-F, Nose: 'Hilary' (Parnell p.117), Rudder: 'small gremlin' (photo Ventura p.16; Baker No.49 line drawing).
07/08/45 Participated in a successful 8 Beaufighter rocket attack on a 'Japanese' oil tanker at the mouth of the Tabuan River Sarawak. A8-85 was damaged in starboard engine from flying debris, dropped behind formation unsighted by the others and crash-landed in jungle near Kucing. FLTLT Sims and FLGOFF Arrant were missing for 13 days but eventually walked to safety through Japanese held territory.
Post war it was discovered the ship sunk was the 'Mia Moan', the private yacht of the Rajah of Sarawak! (Parnell p.66 & Ventura p.12&17).
12/11/45 Approval granted to write A8-85 off the Sqn Records.

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A8-86 10/11/44 2 AD.
08/01/45 5 AD.
06/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code SK-H (Parnell p.117).
05/03/45 left Oakeyin company with A8-76 and A8-126 to escort 79 Sqn Spitfires from Oakey to Morotai via Cook town Mission.
22/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 SOC
A8-87 30/11/44 1 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-G, Rudder: Squadron Badge 'Spooks Sneakinus' both sides (photo Ventura p.6, Parnell p.65). Usual aircraft of SQNLDR D.H.K. Gulliver.
26/07/45 One of two aircraft (the other was A8-123) to participate in first 93 Sqn strike; an armed reconnaissance with a rocket attack on a Japanese residency building at Situ.
Crewed by Pilot FLGOFF H.K. Williams and Nav FLT OFF AW. Anderson (Ventura p.5-6).
04/08/45 Ran into ditch on landing Wama Strip Morotai. Center section and fuselage badly damaged (photos Ventura p.6).
29/08/45 5 RSU.
10/09/45 converted to components
A8-88 30/11/44 2 AD.
02/02/45 5 AD.
01/03/45 5 OTU Code: I (Parnell p.117).
08/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/48 Struck Off.
A8-89 04/12/44 1 AD.
20/01/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 31 Sqn Code: EH-A (Parnell p.117).
31/03/45 A8-33 was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and ditched near Ambonia. Accompanying Beaufighter A8-89 (Pilot: PLTOFF K.W. Sourness & Nav PLTOFF Coleman) radioed for air-sea rescue and circled the dingy until fuel shortage forced its departure, arriving back at Morotai with just 68 litres remaining PLTOFF Sourness was awarded an immediate DFC (Parnell p.59-60).
See entry under A8-33 for full details.
28/06/45 Wheels-up crash landing in swamp near Tarakan. Aircraft out of fuel but unable to land on airstrip as Kittyhawks were in the act of landing.
Photo of crash landed aircraft 110310 Australian War Museum. Light grey '89' on front of nose.
02/07/45 26 RSU.
10/09/45 converted to components.

Beaufighter A8-89
Tarakan Airfield South Pacific 
28th June 1945.

A8-90 21/11/44 2 AD.
05/02/45 5 AD.
04/03/45 5 OTU
08/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-91 04/12/44 1 AD.
27/01/45 Port tyre burst on landing and aircraft was ground looped.
04/04/45 26 RSU.
15/04/45 30 Sqn.
01/10/45 Crashed into sea 4 miles west of Wama airstrip Morotai on non-operational flight.
Crew: Nav FSGT B.C.F. Kelly was killed.
A8-92 22/11/44 2 AD. 19/01/45 5 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Code: SK-J, Nose 'Miss Lornace' (Parnell p.117), Rudder: None (photo Ventura p.12).
07/09/45 crashed on landing south-eastern end of Labuan strip, port under-carriage collapsed.
10/09/45 1 RSU.
13/12/45 converted to components.
A8-93 01/12/44 1 AD.
18/01/45 5 OTU 24/06/45 Mid-air collision with A8-71, crashed 3 miles South-East of Parkes aerodrome.
Crew: Pilot FLTLT S.R. Roberts Nav FSGT D. Lorraine were killed.
29/06/45 8 OTU 21/08/45 Converted to components.

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A8-94 24/11/45 2 AD.
20/03/45 26 RSU.
03/04/45 30 Sqn.
28/04/45 Damaged starboard mainplane and engine when ground-looped Wama airstrip Morotai.
24/95/45 5 RSU.
30/01/45 60 OBU.
20/12/45 93 Sqn.
24/01/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-95 08/12/44 1 AD.
18/01/45 5 OTU
08/11/45 5 AD Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A8-95

A8-96 30/11/44 2 AD.
24/03/45 5 AD.
09/05/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-M, Rudder: 3 dice 'Set in the Gutz'.
Crew: Pilot WOFF C.R. McLeod Nav FLTSGT M.J. Paige (photos Ventura p.15).
Replacement for A8-113.
20/10/45 5 AD.
30/10/45 Crashed on take off 7 AD Oakey.
30/10/45 3 CRD.
18/12/45 converted to components.
A8-97 08/12/44 1 AD.
18/01/45 5 OTU.
13/11/45 5 AD. Received fitted with rocket firing equipment.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

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A8-98 30/11/44 2 AD.
15/02/45 5 AD.
09/04/45 26 RSU.
16/04/45 30 Sqn.
21/04/45 Crashed on landing Wama airstrip Morotai.
28/04/45 5 RSU.
13/05/45 converted to components.
A8-99 02/12/44 1 AD.
20/01/45 26 RSU.
31/01/45 22 Sqn.
25/09/45 Swung on take-off due to loss of power in port engine, Wama airstrip Morotai.
05/11/45 converted to components. Photo Wilson p.124.
.A8-100 08/12/44 5 AD.
15/02/45 26 RSU.
03/03/45 31 Sqn.
01/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-101 13/12/44 1 AD.
29/01/45 26 RSU.
23/02/45 22 Sqn
04/03/45 tyre failure on landing Wama airstrip Morotai.
16/03/45 26 RSU.
04/04/45 converted to components.
A8-102 13/12/44 5 AD.
31/01/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. One of the first five Beaufighters delivered to 93 Sqn Jan 45. Code: SK-K, Rudder: question mark=? 'guess who';
Crew: Pilot FLTOFF H.K. Newbury and Nav WOFF F. Goss (photo Ventura p.20).
One of the first five Beaufighters delivered to 93 Sqn Jan 45.
17/01/46 1 AD storage.
08/08/49 SOC.
A8-103 14/12/44 1 AD.
22/12/44 DAP Experimental Section, Beaufort Division for 'trial installations'.
02/09/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-104 14/12/44 5 AD.
29/01/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 31 Sqn.
31/03/45 Crew: Pilot PLTOFF T.W. Ellis & Nav PLTOFF Coleman. Strafed shoreline along with A8-6, whilst Catalina A24-109 of 113 ASRF rescued the crew of A8-33 shot down off Tulehu. Japanese ground fire disabled an engine of A8-104 but PLTOFF Ellis continued to strafe until the Catalina had taken off. PLTOFF Ellis was awarded an immediate DFC (Parnell p.60).
See entry under A8-33 for full details.
10/10/45 5 AD CMU Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-105 20/12/44 1 AD.
29/01/45 26 RSU.
10/03/45 22 Sqn.
18/07/45 Crashed into sea on test flight.
30/07/45 Aircraft Written Off.
A8-106 15/12/44 5 AD.
04/02/45 26 RSU.
10/03/45 30 Sqn.
28/05/45 Belly landed when brake pressure failed, Sanga airstrip
25/06/45 5 RSU for repair.
29/09/45 5 AD.
20/02/46 CMU Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-107 18/12/44 1 AD.
22/01/45 Observers cupola shattered.
24/01/45 12 CRD for repairs.
29/01/45 26 RSU.
23/02/45 22 Sqn.
23/04/45 Damaged by fragments from a bomb accidently dropped by a Kittyhawk on take-off, Wama airstrip Morotai.
19/08/45 Crashed into ambulance at the edge of airstrip when a tyre burst on take-off on an non-operational flight, Tarakan (photo Parnell p.63).
01/10/45 26 RSU converted to components.
A8-108 03/01/45 5 AD.
04/02/45 26 RSU.
17/05/45 5 RSU.
27/09/45 93 Sqn.
12/45 starboard outer tank caught fire on starting at Biak, temporary repairs in the field (Parnell p.118).
03/01/46 2 AD Amberley.
08/08/49 SOC.
A8-109 18/12/44 1 AD.
11/05/45 5 RSU.
11/05/45 31 Sqn Code: EH-I (Parnell p.118).
10/10/45 5 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-110 05/01/45 2 AD.
29/01/45 5 AD.
25/02/45 5 OTU
13/11/45 5 AD.
19/11/45 Fitted with rocket firing equipment.
07/01/46 stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-111 21/12/44 1 AD.
20/02/45 13 ARD.
28/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
08/06/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-Z (Parnell p.118).
15/10/45 5 AD Wagga stored.
20/01/47 Approved for conversion as instructional airframe No6.
15/03/49 Sold by DAP.
A8-112 18/01/45 5 AD.
05/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-L; Rudder: Goofy riding a rocket;
Crew: Pilot WOFF S.E. Leviston and Nav FLTSGT R.W. Garrat (photo Ventura p.13).
27/01/46 1 AD storage.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-113 22/12/44 1 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: not known but if carried likely to be SK-M.
16/04/45 ran off strip at Strathpine and damaged beyond repair by fire.
30/04/45 3 CRD.
05/05/45 Converted to components.
A8-114 23/01/45 2 AD.
06/03/45 5 AD.
11/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
19/06/45 31 Sqn. Code: EH-A (Parnell p.118). Along with A8-174 performed a rocket strike against Kuching radio station which was the last recorded 31 Sqn operation.
Crew: FLGOFF C.R.Gleeson & Nav Stewart (Parnell p.64).
11/10/45 5 AD Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-115 22/12/44 1 AD.
07/02/45 26 RSU.
26/02/45 22 Sqn.
30/03/45 Damaged in both engines and port mainplane by enemy action 7.30am Liang Strip Ambrosia Island.
Pilot WOFF Hart was wounded in both legs and the Nav SGT J.R. Wilson helped to control A8-115 during the 563km return flight which ended with a perfect landing (Parnell p.59).
09/10/45 5 AD CMU Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-116 04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-N (Parnell p.118), Nose 'Babs', Rudder: large gremlin 'pistol pakin' gremlin'
Crew: Pilot WOFF L.W. Mutton and Nav FLTSGT C.G. Curthoys (photos Ventura p.8-9; colour profile Ventura p.18).
09/11/45 forced landing at Neomfoor after starboard engine seized.
09/02/46 stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-117 08/01/45 1 AD.
12/01/45 26 Observers cupola shattered on take-off – repaired.
15/01/45 ARD Garbutt.
19/01/45 26 RSU.
23/02/45 22 Sqn.
14/09/45 Partial seizure of right engine due to oil loss, landed Wama Strip Morotai.
24/09/45 5 RSU port engine changed.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
18/12/45 converted to components to supply spare parts for A8-138.
A8-118 16/01/45 5 AD.
05/02/45 26 RSU.
26/02/45 22 Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-119 18/01/45 1 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-O (Parnell p.118).
13/04/45 starboard tyre blew on landing at Strathpine, could not be repaired in the field.
A8-184 SK-O assumed to be its replacement.
12/06/45 3 CRD converted to components.
A8-120 18/01/45 5 AD.
07/02/45 93 Sdn Kingaroy. Code: SK-P, Nose 'Pattie', Rudder: bird on a rocket 'barren joey' (photo Pentland V2 p.96; colour profile Ventura p.19).
Crew: Pilot WOFF R.B. Hitchen and Nav FLTSGT M.M. Dwyer (photo Ventura p.10) –
18/12/45 approval refused for A8-120 to escort Mustang from Labuan to 3 AD.
24/01/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-121 07/02/45 1 AD.
31/01/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. One of the first five Beaufighters delivered to 93 Sqn Jan 45 Code: SK-Q.
29/08/45 Ventura (p.17) reports A8-121 taxied into Mosquito at Labuan and was therefore unable to join A8-122 and A8-123 in escorting Ventura A59-76 from Cape Sirik to Kucing.
No entry in RAAF status card so damage is assumed to be minor.
30/10/45 5 AD stored. 08/08/49 SOC.
A8-122 23/01/45 5 AD.
09/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code SK-R, Nose: 'Bambi' (Parnell p.118), Rudder: ghost holding rocket and bomb 'Drack's Daughter', port side (photo Pentland V2 p.96).
Note: A photo in an Aviation Historical Society article (p.8) has a large gremlin with a fuse 'Grauncho', on the starboard rudder and caption as being A8-122.
07/08/45 flown by SQNLDR Gulliver and was the first of eight 93 Sqn Beaufighters to attack 'Japanese' oil tanker with rockets at Tabuan River Sarawak. Post war it was discovered the sunk ship was the 'Mia Moana', the private yacht of the Rajah of Sarawak! (Parnell p.66 & Ventura p.12&17).
29/08/45 formed part of escort for Ventura A59-76 from Cape Sirik to Kucing. -
02/11/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-123 10/01/45 1 AD.
31/01/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. One of the first five Beaufighters delivered to 93 Sqn Jan 45. Code: SK-S (photo Ventura p.21) –
26/07/45 One of two aircraft (the other was A8-87) to participate in first 93 Sqn strike; an armed reconnaissance with a rocket attack on a Japanese residency building at Sibu.
Crewed by Pilot FLGOFF K.G. Shirley and Nav FLTSGT G.S. Douglas. Minor small arms damage (Ventura p.5-6). 11/09/45 detailed to participate in 12 aircraft show of strength over Kucing but bogged when taxiing for takeoff at Labuan (Ventura p.17).
06/11/45 5 AD ground-looped at Forest Hill Aerodrome Wagga Wagga to avoid boundary fence and port under-carriage collapsed.
A8-123 was repaired.
13/11/45 stored.
Struck Off 08/08/49.

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A8-124 17/01/45 1 AD.
02/02/45 93 Sqn Code: SK-T; Nose: 'Marge' (Wilson p.135); Rudder: duck on a rocket (photo Parnell p.69)
Crew: Pilot FSGT R.G. Morton and Nav FSGT N.A. Duckmanton (photo Ventura p.5).
30/08/45 port engine developed a serous oil pressure drop inflight and aircraft swung to starboard during single engine landing.
18/10/45 converted to components at 1 RSU.
A8-125 17/01/45 1 AD.
31/01/45 93 Sqn. Code: not known but if carried likely to be SK-U which was carried by its replacement A8-182. One of the first five Beaufighters delivered to 93 Sqn Jan 45.
22/02/45 damaged during rocket practice Evans Head.
06/05/45 5 RSU for repairs.
14/05/45 crashed Middleburg Dutch New Guinea when port tyre failed on takeoff.
14/05/45 approval requested for 5 RSU to convert to components.
Note: photo caption Ventura (p.16) has A8-125 as SK-S 'Ye Adj' but Parnell (p.118) has 'Ye Adj' as A8-127 SK-W. As both Ventura and Parnell (p.21) agree A8-123 was coded SK-S and as it was on strength the same time as A8-125, it is likely A8-125 was not 'Ye Adj' or coded SK-S.
A8-126 25/01/45 5 AD.
08/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy Code: SK-V; Nose: 'Our Con' (Parnell p.118) Rudder: snifter the dog and a mug of beer (Aviation Historical Society p.12).
05/03/45 left Oakey in company with A8-76 and A8-86 to escort 79 Sqn Spitfires from Oakey to Morotai via Cooktown Mission.
31/07/45 Badly damaged in crash landing Garbutt.
08/45 converted to components.
A8-127 16/01/45 1 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-W; Rudder: cartoon figure with beer mug 'Ye Adj';
Crew: Pilot PLTOFF K. Shirley and Nav FSGT G. Douglas (photo Ventura p.16 - see discussion under A8-125).
22/01/46 1 AD storage.
08/08/49 SOC.
A8-128 04/02/45 5 AD.
01/04/45 5 OTU
13/11/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-129 20/01/45 1 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code SK-X.
16/08/45 crashed Labuan short of strip when returning from a leaflet drop. Aircraft was making a slow speed, steep approach when port wing dropped and aircraft side-slipped to port, pilot corrected but aircraft stalled (photo Parnell p.68)
Crew: Pilot WOFF J.H. Ellers and Nav WOFF A.C. Dunn both injured but survived. T
here is a report that the damage over Borneo was caused by a Zero fighter.
18/08/45 1 RSU for conversion to components.

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A8-130 29/01/45 5 AD.
27/03/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-T (Parnell p.118).
09/10/45 5 AD.
20/10/45 30 Sqn.
13/01/46 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-131 20/01/45 1 AD.
04/02/45 03 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: unknown, most likely none issued.
25/02/45 ground-looped at Kingaroy but considered repairable.
05/03/45 3 AD.
03/07/45 3 CRD for conversion to components.
A8-132 05/02/45 2 AD Overshot runway and crash landed on delivery Richmond.
08/02/45 5 AD.
22/05/45 2 CRD.
20/06/45 converted to components.
A8-133 22/01/45 1 AD.
04/02/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code: SK-Z Nose 'Shirley Faye' (Parnell p.118) Rudder: Superman holding rocket 'Zuper Beau!' (colour profile back cover Ventura).
14/01/46 1 AD storage.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-134 05/02/45 5 AD.
09/03/45 5 OTU
13/11/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-135 26/01/45 1 AD.
13/02/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 22 Sqn.
27/02/45 One of 4 Beaufighters dive bombing a bridge at Isumu, near Gorontalo, North Celebes when the wingtip struck a tree causing the aircraft to crash and disintegrate.
Crew: Pilot SQNLDR J.Holloway was killed and Nav FLGOFF D.E. Genders died in captivity on 10/05/45 (Parnell p.58).
A8-136 12/02/45 5 AD.
24/03/46 26 RSU. Crashed on landing Kamiri.
16/04/45 47 OBU.
30/04/45 5 RSU Repaired.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
17/12/45 Alloted 93 Sqn, to be ferried from Laverton.
14/10/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-137 26/10/45 1 AD.
13/02/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 22 Sqn.
26/10/45 5 AD.
30/11/45 Alloted 93 Sqn.
22/03/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-138 28/01/45 1 AD.
19/02/45 26 RSU.
10/03/45 22 Sqn.
25/03/45 Damaged by bomb splinters in port wing when bomb prematurely exploded.
17/04/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
05/11/45 5 AD.
03/10/46 CMU Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-139 01/02/45 1 AD.
16/02/45 26 RSU.
21/02/45 Brake failure during ferry flight, pilot forced to retract under-carriage to stop on landing.
24/03/45 Converted to components.
A8-140 07/02/45 5 AD.
04/03/45 5 OTU.
14/11/45 5 AD.
16/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-141 30/01/45 1 AD.
22/02/45 26 RSU.
18/03/45 30 Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-142 12/02/45 5 AD.
28/03/45 26 RSU.
07/04/45 Code: EH-L (unconfirmed Parnell p.118).
08/07/45 Crash landed Tarakan. Pilot held aircraft too high, port wing dropped and it landed heavily swinging around hitting rough terrain off the strip.
11/07/45 26 RSU.
28/08/45 Converted to components.
A8-143 01/01/45 1 AD.
19/02/45 26 RSU
03/03/45 31 Sqn.
08/10/45 5 AD Stored CMU Wagga. 0
8/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-144 18/02/45 5 AD.
03/04/45 26 RSU.
04/04/45 30 Sqn. Code: LY-D (Parnell p.119).
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

DAP Beaufighter Mk.21 
A8-144/LY-D.
30 Squadron, 
Morotai, 
c.1945,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

A8-145 01/02/45 1 AD.
28/01/45 26 RSU.
15/02/45 30 Sqn. Code: LY-A (Parnell p.119).
30/05/45 Pilot FLTOFF W.J. Madigan & Nav Bond. Along with A8-147, attacked two Dinahs at 5000 feet scoring hits before all cannons failed and the Dinahs escaped. This was the last aerial combat for 22 Sqn (Parnell p.62).
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-146 26/02/45 5 AD.
02/04/45 26 RSU
03/04/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-S (Parnell p.119).
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-147 04/02/45 1 AD.
24/02/45 26 RSU.
15/03/45 30 Sqn.
30/05/45 Pilot FLTLT H.B. Hewlett & Nav PLTOFF W.J. Stocker. Along with A8-145, attacked two Dinahs at 5000 feet scoring hits before all cannons failed and the Dinahs escaped. This was the last aerial combat for 22 Sqn (Parnell p.62).
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-148 22/02/45 5 AD.
11/04/45 26 RSU.
06/04/45 5 RSU
24/09/45 31 Sqn. replacement for A8-31.
18/10/45 5 AD. 13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga. 08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-149 07/02/45 1 AD.
20/02/45 26 RSU as replacement for A8-62.
15/03/45 22 Sqn.
23/04/45 damaged by fragments from an exploding bomb which fell from a Kittyhawk taking off from Wama Strip.
5 RSU for repairs.
27/09/45 93 Sqn SK-V; probably as replacement for A8-126 SK-V.
14/01/46 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-150 28/02/45 5 AD.
05/04/45 Damaged rear fuselage when aircraft rolled backwards into a bank.
Repaired by 30 OBU.
26/07/45 5 AD Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-151 08/12/45 1 AD.
23/02/45 26 RSU.
14/03/45 31 Sqn
04/04/45 by ground fire while on a shipping reconnaissance over Ambonia Bay.
Crew: FLTLT C.B. Arbon (Pilot) & PLTOFF R.L. Wood (Nav).

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A19-151

A8-152 08/02/45 1 AD.
06/03/45 26 RSU.
27/03/45 30 Sqn.
07/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-153 14/02/45 1 AD.
14/03/45 26 RSU.
27/03/45 30 Sqn. Code: LY-W (Parnell p.119).
06/11/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-154 28/02/45 5 AD.
07/04/45 26 RSU.
11/04/45 30 Sqn.
15/10/45 5 AD.
12/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-155 13/02/45 1 AD.
28/02/45 26 RSU.
25/03/45 30 Sqn.
16/09/45 Damaged in landing at Wama airstrip Morotai.
24/09/45 5 RSU Repaired.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-156 06/03/45 5 AD.
12/04/45 26 RSU.
01/05/45 30 Sqn.
09/06/45 Hit trees, crashed and burnt during dive bombing attack near Beaufort, North Borneo.
Crew: Pilot FLGOFF G.S. McKenzie & Nav SGT W.J. Gilfillan were killed (Parnell p.63).
A8-157 13/02/45 1 AD.
09/03/45 26 RSU.
27/03/45 30 Sqn.
04/06/45 5 RSU.
17/06/45 30 Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-158 13/03/45 5 AD.
20/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
27/09/45 93 Sqn Labuan.
30/10/45 5 AD
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-159 22/02/45 1 AD.
14/03/45 93 Sqn. Code: SK-E; Nose: 'Nancy'; Rudder: ginger meggs, red headed boy on rocket (Aussie Decals A48019, photo Ventura p.14, photo Parnell p.66).
Replacement for A8-83 SK-E crashed 27/02/45.
Crew: Pilot FSGT A.W. McDonald and FSGT D.I. Bushell (Ventura p.14).
17/01/46 1 AD storage.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-160 27/03/45 5 AD.
17/05/45 5 RSU.
15/07/45 31 Sqn.
11/10/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/39 Struck Off.
A8-161 15/02/45 5 AD.
05/03/45 26 RSU.
07/03/45 Damaged tail area in taxiing accident, Lowood Q.
25/05/45 31 Sqn Code: EH-S (unconfirmed Parnell p.119).
06/11/45 stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-162 12/03/45 5 AD.
25/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
05/11/45 5 AD.
27/11/45 Alloted 93 Sqn.
22/03/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-163 19/02/45 1 AD.
14/03/45 26 RSU.
27/03/45 30 Sqn.
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/35 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-164 20/02/45 1 AD.
12/03/45 93 Sqn Kingaroy. Code SK-A (photo Parnell p.68).
22/01/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-165 20/02/45 1 AD.
24/03/45 26 RSU.
03/04/45 30 Sqn. Nose: 'Bronte or Bust' Code LY-B Photo Aust War Museum OG2520.
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-166 21/03/45 1 AD.
19/06/45 31 Sqn.
28/07/45 Crashed Tagalaja Island during bombing and gunnery practice.
Crew: FSGT C.G. Ireland (Pilot) & SGT G.I. Hill-Jones (Nav).
A8-167 23/10/45 1 AD.
24/03/45 26 RSU.
05/04/45 30 Sqn.
31/07/45 Crashed Labuan airstrip.
17/11/45 1 RSU converted to components.
A8-168 16/10/45 5 AD.
17/05/45 5 RSU.
19/11/45 5 AD.
14/01/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-169 23/10/45 1 AD.
24/03/45 26 RSU.
07/04/45 31 Sqn Code: EH-Y (Parnell p.119).
18/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-170 24/03/45 5 AD.
22/05/45 5 RSU.
24/06/45 22 Sqn.
09/07/45 Swung on landing and struck trees, Wama airstrip Morotai. Aircraft was totally destroyed by fire.
A8-171 26/02/45 1 AD.
03/04/45 26 RSU.
05/04/45 31 Sqn.
29/06/45 5 RSU.
29/06/45 Landing accident damaged stern frame and tail wheel strut, Wama airstrip Morotai.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
08/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-172 03/45 Engine failure on take-off for test flight Mascot, aircraft ground looped and converted to components. Aircraft written off prior to acceptance and never appeared on RAAF records. Therefore A8-365 not A8-364, is the last of the 364 Australian built RAAF Beaufighters taken on strength.
A8-173 28/02/45 1 AD.
18/03/45 93 Sqn Code: SK-Y Crew: Troy and Dawes (photo Ventura p.4).
20/11/45 swung and crashed on take-off at Labuan.
18/12/45 converted to components.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-173

A8-174 04/04/45 5 AD.
17/05/45 5 RSU.
06/07/45 31 Sqn.
01/08/44 Along with A8-114 performed a rocket strike against Kuching radio station which was the last recorded 31 Sqn operation.
Crew: Pilot Roberts & Nav SGT B.W. Phillips.
11/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-175 02/03/45 1 AD.
03/04/45 26 RSU.
04/04/45 22 Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-176 03/04/45 5 AD.
27/05/45 5 RSU.
11/06/45 31 Sqn.
11/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-177 05/03/45 1 AD. 24/03/45 26 RSU.
11/04/45 31 Sqn
10/06/45 Badly damaged when pilot overshot Sanga Sanga airstrip on return from an operational flight in suport of the Labuan Island Borneo invasion.
Pilot FLGOFF G.T. McGrath & Nav FLGOFF P.R. Jobson unhurt.
25/06/45 5 RSU.
29/08/45 Converted to components.
A8-178 07/03/45 1 AD.
03/04/45 26 RSU.
04/04/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-Q (Parnell p.119).
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-179 07/03/45 1 AD.
03/04/45 26 RSU.
04/04/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-V (Parnell p.119).
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-180 03/04/45 5 AD.
22/05/45 5 RSU.
08/10/45 93 Sqn.
24/01/46 1 AD. 22/03/46 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-181 20/03/45 1 AD.
10/04/45 26 RSU.
26/04/45 22 Sqn.
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-182 04/03/45 5 AD.
13/05/45 93 Sqn Code: SK-U Nose: 'Betty' (Parnell p.119) replacement for A8-125.
05/08/45 Arrived Labuan.
26/10/45 5 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

DAP Beaufighter Mk.21 A8-182 SK-U, 93 Squadron., Kingaroy, c.1945. Mike Mirkovic.

A8-183 12/03/45 1 AD.
04/04/45 26 RSU.
07/04/45 22 Sqn.
21/09/45 Along with A8-12 and A8-183 took part in last recorded 22 Sqn operation which was to Ambon.
Pilot: Richardson & Nav FSGT F K.H. Cameron. (Parnell p.63).
08/10/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-184 05/04/45 5 AD.
28/04/45 93 Sqn Code: SK-O Rudder: Hornet on a rocket 'Ye old Bumble Bee' (colour profile Ventura p.19).
10/12/45 swung on takeoff at Labuan and crashed into 77 Sqn Mustangs parked on the western side of the runway. A8-184 exploded. Mustangs A68-714 AM-I and A68-761 AM-N were destroyed.
Pilot SQNLDR D. Gulliver Nav FLGOFF D.K. Seekamp and passenger GPCAPT L.C.M. Holswich (C.O. of 86 Wing) were among the five men killed.
07/01/46 A8-184 formally written-off..
A8-185 20/03/45 1 AD.
14/04/45 26 RSU.
25/04/45 22 Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored 5 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-186 05/04/45 5 AD.
21/05/45 5 RSU.
23/07/45 22 Sqn.
21/09/45 Along with A8-12 and A8-183 took part in last recorded 22 Sqn operation which was to Ambon.
Pilot: FLGOFF C.G.Williams Nav Woodford (Parnell p.63).
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored. 20/01/47 Instructional Airframe No8.
15/03/50 sold by DAP to W. Strong Borree Creek near Forest Hill for his children (Parnell p.78).
1965 Camden Museum of Aviation, Camden NSW.
Extant and coded as DU-I.
Currently located at Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a private collection and not open to the public

Highlight for Album: DAP Beaufighter A8-186

A8-187 12/03/45 1 AD.
02/04/45 26 RSU.
28/04/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-L (Parnell p.119).
07/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-188 20/03/45 1 AD.
16/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
24/06/45 22 Sqn.
20/07/45 Crashed into sea half a mile south of Wama airstrip Morotai.
A8-189 20/03/45 1 AD.
20/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
13/09/45 22 Sqn.
09/10/45 5AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-190 20/03/45 1 AD.
16/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
24/06/45 22 Sqn.
20/07/45 Crashed into sea half and mile south of Wama airstrip Morotai.
A8-191 27/03/45 1 AD.
22/05/45 5 AD.
01/05/45 26 RSU.
11/06/45 Crashed into sea 5 miles South-West of Sanga Sanga airstrip shortly after night take-off following Mid-air collision with A8-39.
Crew: FLGOFF Pilot J.D. Cowley & Nav PLTOFF M.J. Wall were killed.
A8-192 16/04/45 5 AD.
21/05/45 5 RSU.
15/07/45 31 Sqn. Code: EH-K (Parnell p.120).
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-193 27/03/45 1 AD.
16/02/45 26 RSU.
25/04/45 22 Sqn.
09/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-194 11/04/45 5 AD.
29/05/45 5 RSU.
27/08/45 22 Sqn.
15/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-195 27/03/45 1 AD.
30/04/45 26 RSU. 06/05/45 5 RSU.
06/10/45 93 Sqn Labuan Code: SK-J, replacement for A8-92 SK-J which crashed on 07/09/45.
09/11/45 port engine stopped enroute Morotai to Labuan and diverted to Tarakan. Upon landing A8-195 overran the strip stopping on the edge of a creek. Overnight heavy rain caused the creek bank to collapse and A8-195 ended up submerged in the creek. An attempt to salvage it by bulldozer tore the tail off and it was abandoned (Parnell p.67 & Ventura p.20).
18/12/45 converted to components.
A8-196 16/04/45 5 AD.
17/05/45 5 RSU. 1
9/06/45 31 Sqn. Code: EH-D (unconfirmed Parnell p.120).
14/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A8-196

A8-197 28/03/45 1 AD.
26/04/45 5 AD.
30/04/45 26 RSU.
07/05/45 22 Sqn.
26/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-198 17/04/45 5 AD.
29/05/45 5 RSU.
19/06/45 31 Sqn. Code: EH-F (unconfirmed Parnell p.120).
13/12/45 5 AD.
22/03/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-199 27/03/45 1 AD.
25/04/45 5 AD.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
13/09/45 22 Sqn.
11/10/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored 5 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-200 23/04/45 5 AD.
02/06/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
21/11/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-201 02/04/45 1 AD.
30/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
06/06/45 30 Sqn.
31/07/45 Whilst on armed reconnaissance strafed five barges at Kuching.
Crew: Pilot SQDLDR G.D. Wentworth & Nav PLTOFF L.C. Miller.
09/10/45 5 AD.
03/23/45 Allotted to 77 Wing to move ferry pilots and equipment following the escort of single engine aircraft back to Australia.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga. 08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-202 10/04/45 1 AD.
29/04/45 5 OTU
13/11/45 5 AD Received fitted with rocket firing equipment.
Stored CMU Wagga.
06/11/47 RTC Wagga Issued as instructional airframe No15.
23/09/52 Offered for disposal.
14/01/53 Sold to R.H. Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-203 02/04/45 1 AD.
22/04/45 5 AD.
30/04/45 26 RSU.
06/05/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
20/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-204 06/04/45 1 AD.
20/05/45 5 OTU
01/08/45 Tail wheel struck wire boundary fence whilst practicing single engine landing. Repaired.
14/11/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-205 12/04/45 1 AD.
06/05/45 5 OTU
15/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-206 24/04/45 5 AD.
21/06/45 5 RSU.
10/10/45 60 OBU.
01/11/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-207 11/04/45 1 AD.
16/05/45 Crash landed Garbutt Q after starboard engine cut out during ferry flight to 5 RSU.
18/05/45 13 ARD stored.
05/08/46 Converted to components.
A8-208 12/04/45 1 AD.
18/05/45 Damaged under-carriage during take-off from Higgins Q whilst on a ferry flight. 24/10/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-209 17/04/45 1 AD.
18/05/45 5 RSU.
20/11/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-210 28/04/45 5 AD.
05/06/45 5 RSU.
26/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-211 19/04/45 1 AD.
11/05/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
06/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-212 30/04/45 5 AD.
20/06/45 5 RSU.
15/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga
06/11/47 RTC Wagga converted to instructional airframe No11.
14/01/53 Sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-213 18/04/45 1 AD.
26/05/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
29/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-214 30/04/45 5 AD.
20/06/45 5 RSU.
23/01/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-215 20/04/45 5 AD.
29/05/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-216 02/05/45 5 AD.
06/07/45 5 RSU.
01/12/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A8-216

A8-217 24/04/45 1 AD.
10/07/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
22/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-218 02/05/45 5 AD.
20/06/45 5 RSU.
08/10/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-219 23/04/45 1 AD.
22/06/45 5 RSU.
01/10/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-220 11/05/45 5 AD.
10/07/45 5 RSU.
08/10/45 5AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-221 24/04/45 1 AD.
10/05/45 3 AD.
24/06/45 93 Sqn Narromine.
10/07/45 4 Communications Unit for special duties.
22/03/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-222 26/04/45 1 AD.
20/06/45 5 RSU.
09/10/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-223 27/04/45 1 AD.
20/06/45 5 RSU.
02/09/45 30 Sqn Code: LY-W (Parnell p.120).
09/10/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-224 15/05/45 1 AD.
10/07/45 5 RSU.
02/11/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-225 01/05/45 1 AD.
21/06/45 5 RSU.
15/10/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-226 21/05/45 5 AD.
08/07/45 92 Sqn.
11/01/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-227 01/05/45 5 AD.
27/06/45 5 RSU.
26/11/45 5AD stored CMU Wagga
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-228 22/05/45 5 AD.
17/07/45 5 RSU.
26/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-229 01/05/45 1 AD.
26/06/45 8 Comms Unit for transporting senior staff officers Eastern Area Richmond (Parnell p.121).
12/03/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-230 28/05/45 5 AD.
29/10/45 Crashed landed when tyre went flat during ferry flight, Labaun.
12/12/45 Converted to components.

Beaufighter A8-230

A8-231 02/05/45 1 AD.
20/06/45 5 RSU Nose: 'Castlemaine' (Parnell p.121).
20/10/45 60 OBU.
22/01/46 1 AD.
12/02/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-232 23/05/45 5 AD.
10/09/45 5 OTU
15/11/45 5 AD Stored Wagga.
06/01/47 RTC Wagga Issued as instructional airframe No.14.
23/09/52 Offered for disposal.
14/01/53 Sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-233 05/05/45 1 AD.
20/06/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
26/11/45 5 AD/
07/01/46 5AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-234 05/06/45 5 AD.
10/09/45 5 OTU
19/11/45 5 AD stored Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-235 07/05/45 1 AD.
11/07/45 5 RSU Nose: 'Terang' (Parnell p.121).
30/10/45 60 OBU.
05/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/48 Struck Off.
A8-236 10/05/45 1 AD.
17/06/45 Central Flying School.
03/10/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-237 11/05/45 5 AD.
10/09/45 5 OTU.
16/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-238 28/05/45 5 AD
10/09/45 5 OTU.
16/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-239 16/05/49 1 AD.
23/06/45 1 Ferry Flight. Nose: 'Leongatha' (Parnell p.121).
05/07/45 14 ARD.
04/10/46 5 AD.
13/11/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-240 01/06/45 5 AD.
10/09/45 5 OTU
11/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
06/11/47 converted to instructional airframe No13.
14/01/53 Sold to RH Grant Trading Coy for scrap
A8-241 17/05/45 1 AD.
29/06/45 5 RSU Nose: 'Beechworth'.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
20/11/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
06/11/47 RTC Wagga. Instructional airframe No.12.
14/01/53 sold to R.H. Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-242 05/06/45 5 AD.
20/02/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-243 19/05/45 1 AD.
06/07/45 5 RSU Nose: 'Beri Loxton' (Parnell p.121).
30/10/45 60 OBU.
08/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-244 05/06/45 1 AD.
24/09/45 2 AD.
26/03/45 5 AD.
17/04/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-245 20/05/45 1 AD.
04/07/45 92 Sqn. Nose: 'Maffra' (Parnell p.121).
03/09/45 Crashed on non-operational flight , cause unknown, Narrandera NSW.
Crew: WOFF Pilot L.H. Jorgensen.
19/09/45 7 CRD.
12/10/45 Converted to components.
A8-246 05/06/45 5 AD.
24/09/45 2 AD.
06/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-247 21/05/45 1 AD.
26/06/45 5 RSU Nose: 'Bridgetown' (Parnell p.121).
30/10/45 60 OBU.
15/11/45 Momentary failure of starboard engine caused swing on take-off. Aircraft became airborne but crashed when attempting to re-land, Labaun.
17/11/45 1 RSU.
18/12/45. Converted to components.
A8-248 16/06/45 5 AD.
24/09/45 2 AD.
20/04/46 SHQ Richmond.
29/07/46 stored.
06/09/49 Struck Off.
A8-249 26/05/45 1 AD Nose: 'Myrtleford' (Parnell p.121).
14/11/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-250 24/05/45 1 AD.
15/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-251 29/05/45 1 AD.
05/03/46 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-252 15/06/45 5 AD.
11/09/45 Alloted 5 AD escorting Mustangs from 6 AD to 81 Wing.
24/02/45 stored 2 AD.
20/04/46 Damaged by hailstorm.
03/04/46 SHQ stored.
06/09/45 Struck Off.
A8-253 31/05/45 1 AD.
11/09/45 1 APU for trails on .50 calibre wing guns.
31/06/45 1 AD.
22/03/46 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-254 15/06/45 5 AD.
24/09/45 2 AD.
26/11/45 stored 2 AD.
06/09/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter  
A8-270 & A8-254.

A8-255 31/05/45 1 AD.
12/07/45 5 RSU.
30/30/45 60 OBU.
03/11/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-256 16/06/45 4 AD.
11/09/45 2 AD Ferry Flight escorting Mustangs from 6 AD to 81 Wing.
13/09/45 3 AD. 26/03/46 5 AD.
17/04/46 CMU Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-257 30/05/45 1 AD.
06/07/45 5 RSU Name: 'Mildura' (photo Pentland V2 p.95).
07/01/46 Stored CMU Wagga.
06/11/47 Instructional Airframe No16.
14/01/53 Sold to RH Grant Trading Company for scrap.
A8-258 25/06/45 5 AD.
07/01/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-259 31/05/45 1 AD.
10/07/45 5 RSU.
30/10/45 60 OBU.
13/11/45 5 AD stored CMU Wagga.
08/0849 Struck Off..
A8-260 25/06/45 5 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn.
22/03/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-261 13/06/45 1 AD.
10/07/45 5 RSU.
22/10/45 5 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-262 25/06/45 5 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn.
17/04/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-263 13/01/45 1 AD.
10/07/45 5 RSU.
01/10/45 1 AD.
15/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-264 16/06/45 1 AD Nose: 'Nhill' (Parnell p.121).
09/04/45 92 Sqn.
24/09/45 5 AD.
13/11/45 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-265 19/06/45 1 AD.
08/11/45 Prototype for installation of target tug towing winch 08/07/45 1 Comms. Unit.
30/07/45 SHQ Richmond for TT&SD Flight.
29/07/50 stored SHQ Richmond.
03/03/50 30 TT Sqn.
06/10/55 1 AD.
26/10/55 stored CMU Tocumwal.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (with engines 131414 & 116062 Hopton p.35). Profile Wilson p.136, Photos Wilson p.124-125.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-265

A8-266 27/06/45 5 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
10/05/46 CMU Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-267 08/06/45 1 AD. Nose: 'Caulfield' (Parnell 121).
15/11/45 stored.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-268 26/06/45 5 AD. 01/02/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-269 25/06/35 1 AD. Nose: 'Holbrook' (Parnell p.121) stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-270 27/06/45 5 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn.
10/05/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter  
A8-270 & A8-254.

A8-271 21/06/45 5 AD Nose: 'Wyong' (Parnell p.121).
14/11/46 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-272 02/07/45 5 AD.
20/02/46 stored CMU Wagga.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-273 21/06/45 1 AD Nose: 'Horsham' (Parnell p.121).
27/06/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-274 02/07/45 5 AD.
13/08/45 1 APU for Mk8 rocket stubs and handling trials.
26/08/46 stored 1 AD. 08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-275 21/06/45 5 AD Nose: 'Sale' (Parnell p.121).
14/11/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.'
A8-276 11/07/45 5 AD.
20/02/46 CMU Wagga stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-277 21/06/45 1 AD Nose: 'Kaniva' (Parnell p.122).
24/10/45 Issued to 22 Sqn for temporary use.
07/11/45 1 AD.
13/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-278 27/06/45 1 AD Nose: 'Mansfield' (Parnell p.122).
14/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-279 01/07/45 1 AD Nose: 'Wonthaggi' (Parnell p.122).
14/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-280 14/07/45 1 AD. 14/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-281 27/06/45 1 AD Nose 'Bacchus Marsh' (Parnell p.122) stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-282 16/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-283 28/06/45 1 AD.
24/09/45 5 AD Ferry Flight for escort of Mustangs to 81 Wing.
25/10/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-284 19/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-285 01/07/45 1 AD Nose: 'Traralgon' (Parnell p.122) stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-286 19/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-287 01/07/45 1 AD Nose: 'Bunbury' (Parnell p.122) stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-288 24/07/45 1 AD. 22/03/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck off.
A8-289 02/07/45 1 AD Nose: 'Mendooran' (Parnell p.122) stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-290 01/07/45 1 AD Nose: 'Warrnambool' (Parnell p.122)/
15/11/45 stored 1AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-291 09/07/45 1 AD Nose: 'Bourke'.
22/09/45 Central Flying School.
29/05/45 Point Cook.
14/07/45 stored Point Cook.
30/11/48 Issued to Lord Mayor's Camp Portsea.
A8-292 24/07/45 1 AD.
15/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-293 16/07/45 1 AD.
15/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-294 28/07/45 1 AD.
15/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-295 09/07/45 1 AD.
14/11/45 stored 1 AD.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-296 14/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-297 28/07/45 1 AD Nose: 'Childers' (Parnell p.122).
06/08/46 stored CMU Tocumwal.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-298 28/07/45 1 AD.
24/06/46 stored CMU Tocumwal.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-299 24/07/45 1 AD.
06/08/46 stored CMU Tocumwal.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-300 05/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-301 13/07/45 aircraft retained at DAP factory for 20/07/45 ceremony marking the delivery of the 1000th aircraft to 1 AD.
24/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-301

A8-302 24/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-303 24/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-304 05/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-305 25/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-306 05/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-307 26/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-308 31/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-309 06/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-310 11/08/45 1 AD.
08/01/46 1 Comms Unit.
12/03/46 1 AD storage.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-311 30/07/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-312 21/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-313 26/07/45 1 AD.
25/10/45 CMU Tocumwal stored.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-314 02/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-315 22/08/45 1 AD.
04/01/46 3 Comms Unit Richmond.
18/02/46 AOC Eastern Area pending availability of a Dakota.
09/05/46 SHQ Richmond for Army and Navy Co-operation (TT&SD Flight).
25/11/46 2 AD stored.
06/09/49 Struck Off.
A8-316 23/08/45 1 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal stored.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-317 13/08/45 1 AD.
31/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/5/46 CMU Tocumwal stored.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-318 10/09/45 1 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal stored.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-319 05/08/45 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-320 06/08/45 1 AD.
20/08/45 DAP Experimental Dept for testing of wireless, armaments and drop tank fittings.
28/08/45 stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.

Beaufighter A8-320

A8-321 11/08/45 1 AD.
08/01/46 1 Comms Unit.
11/01/46 Engine and cowl damage on takeoff Garbutt.
21/01/46 13 ARD for repair.
30/01/46 1 Comms Unit.
08/03/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-322 27/08/45 1 AD stored.
06/10/54 sold to sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-323 20/08/45 1 AD.
03/04/46 1 Comm Unit.
27/06/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-324 18/08/45 1 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 Along with A8-325 performed the last flight of a 93 Sqn Beaufighter from Narromine to Essendon (22/08/46 93 Sqn disbanded, Ventura p.21).
20/05/46 1 Comms Unit.
06/08/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
 

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   

A8-325 21/08/45 1 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 Along with A8-324 performed the last flight of a 93 Sqn Beaufighter from Narromine to Essendon (22/08/46 93 Sqn disbanded, Ventura p.21).
20/05/46 1 Comms Unit.
16/09/46 1 AD stored.
08/08/49 Struck Off.
A8-326 20/08/45 1 AD.
23/02/46 CMU Tocumwal stored.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-327 18/08/45 1 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine Nose: 'Colleen' Under Cupola: 'Lady Lynette' below a reclining woman, port side. (Aviation Historical Society p.8).
14/05/46 stored.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-328 09/09/45 1 AD.
20/10/46 CMU Tocumwal stored.
10/11/50 ARS for target tug fitout.
22/02/51 1 AD.
13/10/52 repaint.
17/09/53 30 TT Sqn replacing A8-352.
28/09/55 starboard engine replaced Richmond. Photo circa 1955 Parnell (p.77) shows A8-328 in TT colours.
03/02/56 Flown to CMU Tocumwal for storage.
Pilot: FSGT O'Neill & Nav FSGT Quilkey.
Last flight for one of the last 4 Beaufighters of 30 TT Sqn which was disbanded on 21/03/56 (Parnell p.77).
14/11/56 approved for issue to Lord Mayor of Melbourne Camp at Portsea.
1962 Australian Aircraft Restoration Group Moorabbin Museum Vic. Extant.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-328  

A8-329 02/09/45 1 AD.
21/01/45 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.

Beaufighter A8-329

A8-330 09/09/45 1 AD.
29/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal stored.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-331 28/08/45 1 AD.
15/02/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-332 10/09/45 1 AD.
29/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal stored.
06/10/54 RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-333 06/09/45 1 AD. 11/03/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-334 01/10/45 1 AD. 22/03/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/05/46 Crashed on takeoff Clarke Field Philippines.
20/05/46 Approval to write aircraft off.
A8-335 02/09/45 1 AD.
11/03/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-336 13/09/45 1 AD.
08/08/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-337 06/09/45 1 AD.
21/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-338 06/11/45 1 AD.
29/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-339 29/09/45 1 AD.
07/03/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-340 08/10/45 1 AD.
07/03/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-341 20/09/45 1 AD.
29/01/46 93 Sqn Narromine.
14/05/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-342 24/09/45 1 AD.
16/04/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-343 29/09/45 1 AD. 10/04/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-344 10/10/45 1 AD. 27/09/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-345 01/10/45 1 AD. 06/08/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-346 01/10/45 1 AD. 04/02/46 CMU Tocumwal.
08/09/48 Issued to DAP.
Struck Off 06/09/49.
A8-347 08/10/45 1 AD.
07/03/46 CMU Tocumwal.
06/10/54 sold to RH Grant Trading company for scrap.
A8-348 24/09/45 1 AD.
16/04/46 CMU Tocumwal.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (with engines 119918 & 119940 Hopton p.35).
A8-349 26/10/45 1 AD stored.
25/08/50 ARS modified as Target Tug.
03/06/53 ARDU trials flight.
18/02/54 damaged in accident at Woomera.
03/06/54 1 AD stored.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (no engines Hopton p.35).
A8-350 12/10/45 1 AD stored.
25/08/50 modified as Target Tug.
24/01/52 30 TT Sqn.
17/02/54 rudder damage from port wing of A8-353 in taxiing accident.
24/02/54 Port engine feathered in flight due to blown crankcase, landed at Nowra.
05/11/54 2 AD unserviceable.
24/03/55 30 Sqn unserviceable 12/08/55 serviceable.
19/01/56 Landed at Richmond with port engine feathered due to loss of power.
03/01/56 Flown to CMU Tocumwal for storage.
Pilot:FSGT Morton & Nav FLGOFF Watkin.
Last flight for one of the last 4 Beaufighters of 30 TT Sqn which was disbanded on 21/03/56 (Parnell p.77).
02/02/56 CMU Tocumwal storage.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L (with engines 119951 & 130065 Hopton p.35). Hopton (p.30) has a photograph dated 23/12/56 of A8-350 intact and awaiting disposal. Silver uppersurfaces with yellow rear band and yellow/black TT undersurfaces.
A8-351 20/10/45 1 AD
05/04/46 modified as Target Tug.
23/07/46 1 Communications Unit as reserve unit for TT duties.
02/09/46 TT&SD Flight.
20/10/47 engine failed on take-off Richmond an aircraft landed wheels-up.
14/11/47 2 AD stored.
03/07/48 issued to DAP.
06/09/49 Struck Off.
A8-352 01/11/45 1 AD stored.
06/06/46 modified as Target Tug.
13/09/46 TT&SD Flight at Richmond. 09/04/47 Belly-landed at Laverton when port under-carriage failed to extend.
29/04/47 I AD for repair. 09/06/47 TT&SD Flight. Used in successful rain making experiments in conjunction with the CSIRO fitted out for high altitude flying. Dry ice was dropped onto clouds from the rear escape hatch (Parnell p.75).
23/08/47 Hit seagulls when on an authorised low level flight 30 miles north of Evans Head NSW.
30/09/47 1 AD for repair.
02/11/50 30 TT Sqn.
20/06/53 Swung on take-off and ground-looped Canberra.
10/08/54 converted to components at 2 AD.
A8-353 06/11/45 1 AD.
06/06/46 modified as Target Tug.
05/09/46 1 TT Flight Richmond.
31/03/48 damaged port engine and stern frame.
16/07/48 30 TT Sqn.
01/04/48 2 AD for repair.
12/03/49 Nose struck tree when on gun laying run at Flinders Naval Deport. Aircraft belly-landed at Laverton.
12/05/49 1 AD repaired.
01/06/50 30 Sqn. 17/02/54 Port wing damaged when it struck the rudder of A8-350 whilst taxiing at Canberra.
23/11/54 Swung on landing Richmond.
10/02/55 converted to components at 2AD.
A8-354 06/11/45 1 AD.
26/06/47 Air Navigation School East Sale storage.
28/09/47 TT&SD Flight 19/01/50 When returning to Deniliquin airfield on one engine, the second cut-out and A8-345 crash-landed 1 mile short (Parnell p.124).
06/02/50 1 AD
14/02/50 converted to components.

Beaufighter A8-354

A8-355 15/11/45 1 AD stored.
20/11/46 CMU Tocumwal.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (with engines 115207 &115224 Hopton p.35 ).
A8-356 29/11/45 1 AD.
28/11/46 TT&SD Flight Richmond.
29/07/47 Aircraft was on a radar calibration flight when problems developed in an engine. Whilst returning to Richmond NSW at about 4pm, the aircraft entered a spiral dive from 4000 feet, one engine detached and A8-357 crashed near Clarendon.
Pilot WOFF H.R. Stevens was killed.
This was the last fatality in a Beaufighter (Parnell p.76).
07/09/47 converted to components.
A8-357 22/11/45 1 AD.
13/10/46 TT&SD Flight Richmond.
1947 Used in successful rain making experiments in conjunction with the CSIRO fitted out for high altitude flying. Dry ice was dropped onto clouds from the rear escape hatch (Parnell p.75).
10/06/54 Air Trails Unit Woomera.
05/11/57 Electrical failure near Woomera. Photo in Parnell (p.79) shows starboard side TT winch with silver uppersurfaces, yellow tail band, kangaroo roundel and yellow/black undersurfaces. A8-357 was the last operational Beaufighter in RAAF service.
29/11/57 Ferried from 1 ATU Woomera to Edinborough Adelaide SA by Pilot WNGCDR Williamson & Nav FSGT Gleeson.
This was probably the final flight of any Beaufighter on RAAF service (Parnell p.77).
02/04/58 Sold to W. Brown and Sons, Hindmarsh SA.

Beaufighter A8-357

 

A8-358 06/12/45 1 AD.
03/11/56 TT Fitout.
30/05/51 Held at East Sale Vic.
27/01/55 Allotted to 30 TT Sqn.
26/02/55 Emergency landing when port engine failed whilst aircraft was in landing circuit Richmond. Photo Parnell (p.76) shows A8-358 being lifted onto its wheels.
14/11/55 30 TT Sqn.
03/02/56 Flown to CMU Tocumwal for storage.
Pilot: SQDLDR Albrecht & Nav FLGOFF Hunt.
Last flight for one of the last 4 Beaufighters of 30 TT Sqn which was disbanded on 21/03/56 (Parnell p.77).
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (with engines 119933 & 119973 Hopton p.35)
A8-359 06/12/45 1 AD.
12/03/46 stored 1 AD.
23/02/48 TT&SD Flight Richmond.
22/02/51 30 TT Sqn.
25/10/53 Engine failed during low level flight over Lake George NSW.
14/04/45 Held at Bristol Aircraft Coy.
21/03/57 Converted to scrap which was sold on 08/11/56.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-359 

A8-360 01/11/45 1 AD.
12/03/46 stored 1 AD.
11/02/49 30 TT Sqn.
21/09/47 Crashed at Schofields Aerodrome.
02/12/49 Converted to components.
A8-361 22/12/45 1 AD.
27/03/46 stored 1 AD.
20/10/54 issued to Govt Aircraft factory for radio aerial tests.
25/07/52 1 AD stored CMU Tocumwal.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (with engines 119934 & 131234 Hopton p.35)
A8-362 21/03/45 1 AD.
12/03/46 stored 1 AD.
13/05/49 30 TT Sqn.
18/05/50 Undercarriage callopsed on landing Ceduna.
23/06/45 1 AD Repaired.
11/08/50 30 TT Sqn.
13/05/52 East Sale.
11/08/50 30 TT Sqn.
19/09/52 East Sale.
03/10/53 Tail wheel oleo callopsed during compass swing. Repaired.
19/05/55 30 TT Sqn.
25/01/56 1 AD.
03/02/56 Flown to CMU Tocumwal for storage.
Pilot: FLGOFF Peel & Nav FSGT Bovill.
Last flight for one of the last 4 Beaufighters of 30 TT Sqn which was disbanded on 21/03/56 (Parnell p.77).
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (with engines 119933 & 119973 Hopton p.35)

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-362

A8-363 10/01/46 1 AD.
12/03/46 stored 1 AD.
06/12/51 30 TT Sqn.
26/02/56 Tail wheel collapsed. Repaired.
24/07/56 Air Trails Unit Woomera.
02/04/58 sold to W. Brown and Sons, Hindmarsh SA.
A8-364 06/11/45 1 AD.
12/03/46 stored 1 AD.
16/02/50 30 TT. Sqn.
21/12/53 2 AD engine change.
27/05/54 30 TT Sqn.
23/06/54 Minor fire in nacelle of port engine. Repaired.
13/12/55 CMU Tocumwal.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (with engines 119994 & 130100 Hopton p.35) Hopton (p.30) has a photograph dated 23/12/56 of A8-364 intact and awaiting disposal. Silver upper surfaces with yellow rear band and yellow/black TT undersurfaces.

Beaufighter A8-364

A8-365 06/11/45 1 AD. Last Beaufighter fully completed of 364 delivered (A8-172 was damaged on a test flight, converted to components and never delivered), all other sold incomplete and not accepted by RAAF.
12/03/46 stored 1 AD.
18/05/51-16/11/51 Unserviceable awaiting engine change at East Sale
20/07/54 1 AD.
07/02/56 stored CMU Tocumwal.
28/06/57 sold to Sims P/L for scrap (no engines Hopton p.35).
A8-366 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-367 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-368 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-369 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-370 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-371 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-372 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-373 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-374 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-375 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-376 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-377 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-378 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-379 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-380 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-381 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-382 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-383 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-384 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
Under Restoration by HARS, Sydney NSW.

Highlight for Album: Beaufighter A8-384 

A8-385 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
A8-386 Not accepted by RAAF, incomplete airframe Sold.
Currently located at Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a private collection and not open to the public

Beaufighter A8-386

 
     
 

  

 
     

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

Sources / References: Aviation Historical Society of Australia Journal, No.93 (Attack) Squadron RAAF, Vol. XVI, No.1, March-April 1973,
Baker, I. K., 2002, Aviation History Colouring Book Special No 49, self-published, Hopton, J. 1994. Pots, Pans and Meteors – Aviation scrapping operations at Tocumwal NSW 1960-63, Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group, Mann, W., Search and Destroy, (a partial history of 31 Squadron operations), circa 2001. self-published, McDonald, K. N., 1996. Coomalie Charlie Commandos – 31 Squadron Beaufighters at Darwin 1942-43, Banner Books, Maryborough, Parnell, N. M., 1980. Whispering Death – A History of the RAAF's Beaufighter Squadrons, A & A. Reed Pty. Ltd. London, Pentland, G., 1980. RAAF Camouflage & Markings Vol 1 & 2, Kookaburra Technical Publications Melbourne, RAAF Record (History and Movements) cards for each Beaufighter, Scutts, J., 1995. Beaufighter in Action, Squadron/Signal Publications No. 153, Carrollton, Texas, Turnbull, D., 1993, Beaufighters over New Guinea – No 30 Squadron RAAF 1942-43 George Turnbull Dick,  RAAF Museum, Melbourne, Ventura Publications, 2002. The Green Ghosts – 93 Squadron, Classic Warbirds No 6,
www.venturapublications.com ,Vincent, D. 1981. Catalina Chronicle – A History of RAAF Operations, The National Catalina Committee, Adelaide, Wilson, S., 1990. Beaufort, Beaufighter & Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications, Weston Creek, Townsville at War Website, Flight Path Magazine, National Archives, Bristol Beaufighter,

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