RAAF A9 DAP Bristol Beaufort
|The Bristol Beaufort was
chosen for Australian production by the Department of
Aircraft Production (DAP) in August 1938. Production
would be carried out between 1941 and 1944 at Fishermen's
Bend, Melbourne and Mascot, Sydney. The Pratt and Whitney
R-1830 Twin Wasp engine would be built by the
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). The State
Railway Workshops of Victoria, New South Wales and South
Australia would build sub-assemblies and components. This
was a major undertaking for Australia and the original
plan was to build aircraft for both the RAF and the RAAF.
The first 58 were issued RAF serials although only 7
where delivered to the RAF, the remainder going to the
RAAF and being re-serialled A9-1 onwards.
A Bristol built pattern aircraft was acquired (RAF serial L4448) in 1939 and it was converted from Bristol Taurus power to Pratt and Whitney power and re-serialled A9-1001.
Australian production was 700 aircraft. From A9-50 on even numbered serials came from Mascot and those with odd numbers from Fishermen's Bend
During 1944 and 1945 46
Beauforts were converted to unarmed transports,
officially Beaufort Mk.IX but generally known as
The Author of this page is Jan Herival updated by Brendan Cowan, Gordon Birkett, Martin Edwards & Peter May.
Sources: The Melbourne Herald/Sun, Townsville at War Website, National Archives of Australia, Dept of Defence Media Release, RAAF Historical Section, For your tomorrow we gave our today, Australian War Memorial, RAAF Bairnsdale, Australia@War website, Jack Coutts (Ex 100 Sqn observer), John Snewin, RAAF Beaufort Squadrons Association, Jack Slingo (Ex 100 and 14 Sqn WAG), John Macnaughtan, The Beaufort File, Beaufort Special.
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Updated 128th February 2015
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