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RAAF Serial Aircraft History
A9-101 Served with 7 Sqn, BTU/6 OTU, 5 OTU and 1 OTU.
Lost starboard airscrew 14/08/43 after skimming the water during a simulated torpedo run south of Wollongong NSW.
Crew: FLTSGT R.S.Roberts (pilot), PLTOFF Ronald Whitwell (observer), PLTOFF Neville Henrichsen and SGT Bruce Kent (WAGS) uninjured.
Damaged 13/01/44 when starboard undercarriage failed to come down on landing.
Crashed 19/07/45, Lettes Beach on a instrument flight from East Sale VIC.
Pilot FLGOFF Oswald "Ossie" Morgan and FLGOFF Archibald Bruce Hinge was the safety pilot.
Port engine caught fire, Prop was feathered and the fire extinguisher didn't work.
A wheels up landing was made near Lake Reeve at L bombing range the crew although badly burned survived.
Converted to components 07/45.
A9-102 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 27/06/44, East Sale VIC when undercarriage was retracted on landing.
Pilot; FLGOFF G.F. Tucker. Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
Some parts of this aircraft are currently housed at Chino, US.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-102

A9-103 Served with 7 Sqn,BTU/6 OTU and 5 OTU.
Ground looped on takeoff 28/05/44 Tocumwal NSW.
Converted to components 12/44.
A9-104 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 12/03/43, Bairnsdale VIC.
Crew; PLTOFF S. Davies, FLGOFF A. Gillespie.
Converted to components 10/43.
A9-105 Served with 7 Sqn and BTU/6 OTU.
Crashed 28/10/42, Nowra NSW.
Pilot; PLTOFF Swanson, other crew not known.
This aircraft had been taking part in an attack exercise on HMAS Tamworth and on the return flight to base the starboard propellor flew off.
The aircraft crashed during an emergency landing at Nowra and caught fire.
Converted to components 12/42.
A9-106 Served with 7 Sqn and No 8 Communication Unit Madang.
Missing, non-operational flight 29/01/45, Milne Bay to Madang.
Crew: SGT Frank Tranter Burgess 13356, FLTSGT Maxwell James Hewett 437825 (WAG), AC1 William Bertram Luck 149289, AC1 James Henry Albert Smith 146748, SGT John Austin Standing 61752, FLGOFF Neale McKissock Thewlis 418989, FLGOFF John Garvey Thompson 422895.
Written off 2/45.
Some remains on display at the RAAF Museum, Pt Cook.
A9-107 Served with 7 Sqn and BTU/6 OTU.
Crashed 17/01/44, Jervis Bay NSW.
Starboard engine caught fire after landing.
Pilot; FLTSGT Turnbridge.
Converted to components 09/44.
A9-108 Served with 7 Sqn, 5 OTU and 1 OTU.
Crashed 13/11/44, when landing East Sale VIC.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-109 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed 25/09/42, into sea off Jervis Bay.
Pilot FLTLT Paul and crew survived crash.
Written off 10/42.
A9-110 Served with 7 Sqn, BTU/6 OTU, 5 OTU and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 08/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-111 Served with 7 Sqn, BTU/6 OTU, 5 OTU and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 13/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-112 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 13/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-113 Served with 6 OTU.
Crashed 06/09/43, near Nowra NSW.
FLTLT J.S. Mercer (pilot) and crew not injured.
Converted to components 09/43.
A9-114 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 08/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-115 Served with 7 Sqn and BTU/6 OTU.
Crashed 25/05/43,into sea 10 miles offshore between Beecroft and St Georges Heads NSW.
Crew; SGT Geoffrey Walter Parker (pilot) 415439, SGT Irwin Bruce Watson (observer) 406416 and SGT James Evans (WAG) 406833 killed in accident. SGT J Perrin (WAG) injured. Written off 06/43.
A9-116 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed on landing 02/01/43(?) Horn Island QLD.
Authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-117 Served with 7 Sqn and BTU/6 OTU.
Crashed 05/04/43, NSW Coastline.
Pilot: SGT Parker collided with Trees - aircraft badly damaged. SGT Parker was killed 25/05/43 A9-115.
Crashed into A9-93 11/02/44, when landing at Jervis Bay NSW.
Placed into storage 23/10/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-118 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 13/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-119 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed 09/12/42, Wednesday Island QLD during travel flight from Horn Island.
Converted to components 02/43.
A9-120 Served with 7 Sqn.
Issued to Test Pilots Training Flight 29/06/44.
Converted to Instructional airframe no 14 for use at Central Flying School 07/05/45.
Authorised for disposal 13/05/46 and sold to H Grant.
A9-121 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Crashed 21/01/43, Bairnsdale VIC while completing a night landing.
Crew; PLTOFF John Andrew Goodwin 404827 (pilot), SGT N.J. Kelly (WAG), SGT F.A. Woodbridge (observer), SGT James Keith Sinclair 405943 (WAG) survived the crash.
This crew also involved in the crash of 8 Sqn A9-295 Townsville 14/06/43.
Goodwin and Sinclair killed 21/01/44 A9-313 Rabaul New Britain.
Converted to components 02/43.
A9-122 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Received No 5 Communication Unit 05/11/44.
Converted to components 11/46.
A9-123 Served with 7 Sqn, 1 OTU and 5 OTU.
Placed into storage 22/01/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-124 Served with 7 Sqn, 1 OTU and 5 OTU.
Placed into storage 15/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-125 Served with BTU/6 OTU.
Received No 4 Communication Unit 19/02/45.
Placed into storage 25/10/45 and converted to components 12/45.
A9-126 Served with 7 Sqn and 5 OTU.
Crashed 02/07/43, between Moruya NSW/Mallacoota VIC.
Crew; FLTSGT Milton Kenneth Simpson 406880 (pilot), PLTOFF Stanley Edward Carey 410947, FLTSGT William Beauchamp Cameron 24908, FLTSGT Laurence Harry Hellewell 30441, SGT Donald James Davie 423666, LAC Charles William John Young 69679 killed.
A9-127 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 28/10/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-128 Served with 7 Sqn, 1 OTU and 5 OTU.
Placed into storage 15/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-129 Served with 7 Sqn, 5 OTU and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 21/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-130 Served with BTU/6 OTU, 5 OTU and 1 OTU.
Crashed 15/04/45, East Sale VIC.
Placed into storage 15/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-131 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Received No 9 Communication Unit 23/03/45.
Authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-132 Served with 7 Sqn, 1 OTU and 5 OTU.
Converted to components 02/45.

Beaufort A9-132

A9-133 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 30/10/45.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Co.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-134 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed 24/01/43, 20 miles north of Booby Island QLD.
Converted to components 02/43.
A9-135 Served with 14 Sqn, 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 18/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-136 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 25/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-137 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 12/05/44, into channel connecting Victoria Lagoon and Lake Wellington VIC.
Crew; FLTLT J.L. Legge and PLTOFF I.R. Pittock.
Approval granted to convert at a Technical Salvage Unit 26/09/44.
A9-138 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed on landing 02/07/43, Merauke Strip, PNG.
Converted to components 12/43.
A9-139 Served with 5 OTU.
Received No 3 Communication Unit 14/05/45.
Authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-140 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Received No 9 Communication Unit 23/09/44.
Placed into storage 23/10/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-141 Served with 14 Sqn,7 Sqn 1 OTU and 5 OTU.
Ground looped 14/01/44 Tocumwal NSW.
Currently under restoration by Ralph Cusack at Cabulture QLD.
Allocated VH-KTW.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-141

A9-142 Served with 7 Sqn and 5 OTU.
Crashed 13/11/43, Moruya NSW.
Converted to components 11/44.
A9-143 Served with 14 Sqn, 7 Sqn, 5 OTU and 1 OTU.
Crashed 30/07/45, 4 miles from Paynesville on Waddy Island VIC.
Crew;FLGOFF Melville Maxwell Castle 424966, FLGOFF Robert Meath Hammond 415870, FLTSGT Stanley Trevor Lloyd killed.
A9-144 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 18/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-145 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Crashed on landing 03/09/45, East Sale VIC.
Crew; FLGOFF A.S. Christie, FLGOFF R. Brown, SGT N.L. Harris.
Placed into storage 18/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-145

A9-146 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 23/12/44 -wheels up landing after undercarriage failed to lower.
Pilot FLTLT B Bennett and crew uninjured.
Crashed 07/02/45, during night flying near East Sale VIC.
Crew; WGCDR P. Kingsley-Strack, FLTSGT L.L. Fitzgerald, FLGOFF Kenneth William Dobbie killed.
Converted to components.

Beaufort A9-146

A9-147 Served with 1 OTU.
Ground looped 07/01/43, Bairnsdale.
Crew; FLGOFF A.J. Short 420067(pilot), PLTOFF F.E. Clarkson 405830(observer), SGT J.B. Donohue 409906 and SGT T.C. Smith 410101(WAGS) uninjured.
Placed into storage 07/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-148 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 21/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-149 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 21/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-150 Served with 1 OTU.
Forced landing 09/11/45 Cowell Aerodrome SA.
Authorised for write off 05/46.
Bare cockpit section was at Moorabbin Air Museum, incorrectly identified as A9-152
Traded to Australian War Memorial.
Acquired by Ralph Cusack
Re-acquired by Moorabbin Air Museum in fully restored condition.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-150

A9-151 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Received No 4 Communication Unit 07/11/44.
Placed into storage 18/10/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-152 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 09/10/43, East Sale VIC.
Moorabbin Air Museum had previously mis-identified their cockpit section as being A9-152 but was actually A9-150
A9-153 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 09/04/43, on night take off Bairnsdale VIC.
Crew; PLTOFF G.F. Gadson, SGT K.A. Jolly, SGT J. Williams, SGT M.R. Laundrey.
Converted to components 03/05/43.
A9-154 Served with 1 OTU.
Converted to components 03/45.
A9-155 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 01/02/43, Bairnsdale VIC.
Crew; SGT Gordon Clyde Lloyd 412984 (WAG), SGT William Holden White 408892 (pilot), SGT Reuben Henry Bates-Brownsword 416241 (observer), SGT Thomas Henry Straker 412041 (WAG)killed.
Converted to components 02/43.
A9-156 Served with 1 OTU.
Received No 8 Communication Unit 04/04/45.
Placed into storage 10/09/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-157 Served with 100 Sqn and 7 Sqn.
Forced landing 22/03/43 Marpoon Mission east coast of Gulf of Carpentaria.
Converted to components 08/43.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-157

A9-158 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 10/08/43, East Sale VIC when port tyre burst.
Crew: FLTSGT Hartley Richard Stockley, FLTLT R.M. Green & FLTLT N.T. Badger survived crash.
Placed into storage 21/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-159 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 20/08/43, East Sale VIC when aircraft ran into a ditch from the runway.
Crew; SGT Harold Raymond Boys 426519, SGT Jeffrey Arthur Silcock 426694, FLTSGT William McQueen 414256, SGT John Frederick Godfrey 424406.
This crew killed 23/08/43 in A9-311.
Converted to components 04/45.
A9-160 Served with 1 OTU.
Ground looped 11/01/43, Bairnsdale VIC.
Crew: SGT R. H Finlay 405728 (pilot), FLGOFF R.W.Fox 408804(observer), SGT C.C. Baynes 414291 & SGT W.H. Flowers 414218(WAGS) survived the crash.
A9-161 Served with 7 Sqn.
Forced landing into sea 10/12/42, 15 miles east of Palm Island QLD.
Written off 01/43.
A9-162 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 21/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-163 Served with 1APU, No 8 Communication Unit and 6 Sqn.
Crashed 31/08/44 Gloucester Strip.
Written off 11/44.
A9-164 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 11/10/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
Cockpit section unde restoration at Gippsland Armed Forces Museum, West Sale, Vic

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-164

A9-165 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 1/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.

Beaufort A9-165

A9-166 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 12/1/46 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-167 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 28/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-168 Served with 1 OTU and 1APU.
Placed into storage 08/07/46.
A9-169 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Crashed 29/10/43, while taxying off runway at East Sale VIC.
Crew; FLTSGT P. Allen, SGT G.B. McCausland.
Converted to components 12/44.
A9-170 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 06/12/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-171 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Aircraft completed 1000 hours while at 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 21/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-172 Served with 14 Sqn,1 OTU,No 10 Communication Unit and No 8 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 23/10/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-173 Served with 14 Sqn.
Crashed 15/03/43, into top of a hill 2 miles east of Yetna WA.
Crew; SGT Donald Ashby Waite 411973, SGT Edward Watling 17174, SGT Charles Vincent Patching 7030, SGT Robert Ambrose Redman 416032.
Also on board LAC George Louis Pedrotta 80149,AC1 Godfrey Carter 80814 & LAC Herbert Spencer Kilpatrick.
All killed.
Converted to components 04/43.
A9-174 Served with 14 Sqn.
Crashed 07/01/43, into timbered country on take off from Pearce WA.
Crew; SGT John Burniston Arnett 403235, PLTOFF William Bruce Dimelow 408980, SGT Colin George Saunders 413264 & SGT Newton George Wilson 29624 killed.
Converted to components 01/43.
A9-175 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 22/08/43, approximately 3 miles north of Tinambah VIC.
Pilot; FLTSGT Maxwell Bruce Maxwell 413131.
Converted to components 09/43.
A9-176 Crashed 07/12/42 Mascot NSW on route to 14 Sqn.
Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 29/12/44, near East Sale VIC.
Crew; FLGOFF F.E. Keach, PLTOFF R.S. Roberts & FSGT D.L. Jones.
Roberts had also been involved in the crash of A9-101 14/08/43.
Converted to components 01/45.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-176

A9-177 Served with 14 Sqn and 5 OTU. Authorised for write off 05/46.

Beaufort Mk.VA A9-177 
& Oxford Mk.II '24'
 5 O.T.U., Williamtown, c.1945,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A9-178 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Crashed 27/12/44, while landing at Mallacoota VIC.
Converted to components 03/45.
A9-179 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Crashed 01/07/44, East Sale VIC.
Collided with Avro Anson MG452 and burned when landing.
Converted to components 08/44.
A9-180 Served with 14 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 21/11/45 and authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-181 Served with 100 Sqn and No 5 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 10/05/46.
Conversion to components 08/46.
A9-182 Served with 100 Sqn and 7 Sqn.
Crashed 09/06/45, on landing at Tadji Airstrip PNG.
Converted to components 02/46.
A9-183 Served with 100 Sqn.
Missing on operations 05/09/43, Gasmata New Britain.
Crew; FLGOFF Robert Barclay Anderson 409070 (pilot), FLTSGT Jeffrey Alan Heath 412440 (observer), FLTSGT Robert Harrison 410054 and SGT Lawrence Vincent McMahon 409931 (WAGS) never found.
Written off 09/09/43.
A9-184 Served with 100 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-716 15/01/45.
A9-185 Served with 100 Sqn.
Crashed 30/04/43, on landing Gurney Strip PNG.
Converted to components 05/43.
A9-186 Served with 100 Sqn.
Missing on operations 05/09/43, Gasmata New Britain.
Crew; WO Clement Batstone Wiggins 405335 (pilot), FLTSGT Gordon Lewis Hamilton 414022(WAG), WO Russell Henry Grigg 405284 (observer), Albert Beckett 408343(WAG)killed.
Written off 09/09/43.
A9-187 Served with 100 Sqn, 8 Sqn and 1APU.
Crashed 12/11/43 Vivigani.
Ran off runway while trying to avoid natives working on the strip.
Crew uninjured.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-722 28/02/45.
A9-188 Served with 100 Sqn.
Missing on operations 21/05/43, Gasmata, New Britain.
Crew; FLTSGT Noel Loveday 405049 (WAG), FLTSGT James Henry Hatfield 412063 (WAG), FLGOFF Kenneth Gladstone Holmes 405017 (observer), FLGOFF David John Forrest MID,406837 (pilot) killed.
Written off 09/06/43.
A9-189 Served with 100 Sqn,Chemical Research Unit and No 5 Communication Unit.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-190 Served with 100 Sqn, No 5 Communication Unit and No 8 Communication Unit.
Crashed 10/10/45, Higgins Field QLD.
Converted to components 11/45.

Beaufort A9-190

A9-191 Served with 100 Sqn.
Crashed 16/10/43, Gili Gili after take off from Gurney Field PNG. Crew; FLGOFF John Sigvald Rekdale 408954, FLGOFF Frederick James Maloney 411248, FLTSGT Frederick Keith Cornish 415619 and FLTSGT Donald Kevan Cooper 408253 killed.
Converted to components 11/43.
A9-192 Served with BTU/6 OTU,Chemical Research Unit and No 5 Communication Unit.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-193 Served with 100 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-718 10/10/44.
A9-194 Served with BTU/6 OTU.
Crashed 17/01/44, St George's Basin near Nowra NSW.
Crew; FLTSGT John Frederick Francis Doepel (pilot), FLTSGT John Francis Cokeyne Frith 427082 (observer), FLGOFF Douglas William Thomas 285135 (observer instructor), FLTSGT George Freeman 408647 and FLTSGT Frank Harold Appeldore 416480 (WAGS) killed.
Converted to components 02/44.
A9-195 Served with 100 Sqn, 8 Sqn, Chemical Research Unit and No 5 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 07/03/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-196 Served with 7 Sqn.
Authorised for write off 05/46.
A9-197 Served with 100 Sqn.
Missing on operations 25/02/1943 Gurney Field PNG.
Crew; FLGOFF George Binnie Yuille (Pilot) 411425, FLGOFF Alan Barton Ross 417001, FLGOFF Frederick Thomas Fromm 296689, FLGOFF Albert Dudley Chivers 412805 killed.
A9-198 Served with 100 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-719 25/01/45.
A9-199 Served with 100 Sqn, BTU/6 OTU and Chemical Research Unit.
Crashed 24/02/45, Bowen QLD.
Converted to components 04/45.
A9-200 Served with 100 Sqn and 6 Sqn.
Placed into storage 20/02/46 and authorised for write off 05/46.?
 
     

The Author of this page is Jan Herival updated by Brendan Cowan, Gordon Birkett, Martin Edwards & Peter May.

Updated 28th February 2015

 

 

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