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Beaufort Mk.VIII A9-318
7 A.D., Tocumwal, 
c.1945, 
 via Mike Mirkovic.

     
 

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RAAF Serial Aircraft History
A9-301 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 09/10/43, into channel near Kalimna Hotel Lakes Entrance VIC.
Aircraft tail struck the water when pulling out of a dive.
Crew; FLGOFF D.W. Adams 467384 (pilot), SGT G.R. Rimes 424278 (Observer), SGT W.W. Baker 424553 (WAG) and SGT O.E. Coleman 424489 (WAG) survived crash.
A9-302 Served with 8 Sqn and 6 Sqn.
Struck by lightning or anti-aircraft fire and ditched 23/11/44, Collingwood Bay during a strike on Rabaul.
Crew; FLTLT A P Wymond (pilot), FLTLT Barry Blackstone (navigator) and FLTSGT Gordon Waters and Max Williams (WAGS)ditched into the sea.
The crew, who had suffered minor injuries, managed to get out of the aircraft and into their dinghy.
They were rescued by a native dugout canoe which towed them back to the shore.
The following morning they were met by a large outrigger canoe that had set out from Tufi, a small remote ANGAU base.
Four hours later they arrived at Tufi, and were fortunate enough to make contact with a US patrol boat which took the crew to Milne Bay.
A9-303 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 13/09/43, in swamp 3 miles southeast of East Sale runway VIC.
FLTLT Geoffrey Norman Reeve 401081 (instructort) and SGT Leslie Lloyd Giles 417633 (pilot under instruction) killed.
Reeve and Giles had survived when A9-45 crashed 06/09/43 East Sale.
Converted to components 10/43.
A9-304 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 26/04/43, King Island area VIC.
Crew; SGT Edward John Offer 415676 (pilot), FLTSGT Edward Waterman 405282 (observer), FLTSGT James Henry Catterick 401742 (WAG), FLTSGT Graham Charles Nichols 405495 (WAG) killed.
A9-305 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 27/08/45, Puralka 18 miles east of Mount Gambier SA.
Crew; FLGOFF John Thomas Walton 44248, FLTSGT Henry Neville Lord 438960 & FLTSGT Brain John Eaton 431149 killed.
A9-306 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 06/04/44, East Sale VIC when landing from night flying exercises.
Placed into storage and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-307 Served with 100 Sqn and No 3 Communication Unit.
Conversion to Instructional Airframe No 15 11/47.
A9-308 Served with 1 OTU.
Forced landing 03/07/43, Medway Golf Links Maribyrnong VIC.
Converted to components 10/43.
A9-309 Served with 32 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-715 15/01/45.
A9-310 Served with 100 Sqn and 6OTU.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-712 04/12/44.
A9-311 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 23/08/43, Mount Best near Toora VIC.
Crew; SGT Harold Raymond Boys 426519, SGT Jeffrey Arthur Silcock 426694, FLTSGT William McQueen 414256, SGT John Frederick Godfrey 424406 killed.
This crew had been involved in an accident on 20/08/43 in Beaufort A9-159.

Beaufort A9-311 
1 OTU 
via Brendan Cowan

A9-312 Served with 32 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-740 09/09/45.
A9-313 Served with 8 Sqn. Lost 02/01/44 Rabaul/New Britain/New Guinea.
Crew; FLGOFF John Andrew Goodwin 404827 (pilot), FLTSGT James Keith Sinclair 405943(WAG), FLTSGT Robert Callander 409304, FLTSGT Ronald William West 416172 killed.
Sinclair and Goodwin had been involved in an accident on 21/0/143 in Beaufort A9-121.
A9-314 Served with 14 Sqn.
Crashed 24/10/43, Northhampton WA. Crew/Pax; PLTOFF Donald McPherson Forbes 406753, FLTSGT James Brock 409983, LAC Harold William Smith 80136, FLGOFF John Maxwell Randall 412183, LAC John Jeffrey Andre 81619, LAC Thomas Noel Ryder Raston 80118 killed.

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A9-315 Served with 100 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-731 .
A9-316 Served with 8 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-741 11/07/45.
A9-317 Served with 14 Sqn.
Lost 09/09/43 Off WA Coast.
Crew; FLTSGT Alexander Emerson 408802, FLTSGT Peter Douglas Hastie 415326, FLGOFF Sedric Sutton Richards 256336, FLGOFF A M Aitken 415570.
A9-318 Served with BTU/6OTU, Central Flying School and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 10/12/45.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.

Beaufort Mk.VIII A9-318
7 A.D., Tocumwal, 
c.1945, 
 via Mike Mirkovic.

A9-319 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 22/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-320 Served with 100 Sqn.
Ran off runway 13/08/43, aircraft extensively damaged Gurney PNG.
Pilot; SGT J.J. Pressey.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-742 30/01/45.
A9-321 Served with 100 Sqn and 32 Sqn.
Placed into storage 28/09/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-322 Served with 32 Sqn.
Crashed 24/12/43, into sea off Bundaberg QLD.
A9-323 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed 22/03/45 on takeoff from Jackson Field Port Moresby PNG.
A9-324 Served with 32 Sqn.
Placed into storage 30/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-325 Served with 5OTU.
Collided on ground 30/06/43, Moruya NSW.
Converted to Instructional Airframe No 3 09/09/43.
A9-326 Served with 32 Sqn.
Collided with boundary post 28/09/44, whilst taxying Lowood Aerodrome QLD.
Placed into storage 18/04/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-327 Served with 7 Sqn and 10LASU.
Engine caught fire and crash landed 12/09/45, Torokina.
Converted to components 12/45.
A9-328 Served with 32 Sqn, 7 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-721.
A9-329 Served with 7 Sqn and 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 01/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-330 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 22/10/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-331 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 08/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-332 Served with 32 Sqn and 2CRD.
Placed into storage 20/08/46 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-333 Served with 14 Sqn.
Forced landing 03/05/44, Pearce Aerodrome WA.
Placed into storage 21/09/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-334 Served with 1 OTU and No 4 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 13/12/45.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-335 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 25/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-336 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed 01/05/44, Higgins Field QLD.
Aircraft was hit by a landing Vultee Vengeance A27-85.
Converted to components 01/45.
A9-337 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 25/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-338 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 30/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-339 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 08/01/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-340 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 06/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-341 Served with 7 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Crash landed 29/07/44, Tadji PNG.
Converted to components 09/44.
A9-342 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 06/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-343 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 15/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-344 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 15/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-345 Served with 7 Dqn and 6 Sqn.
Placed into storage 06/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-346 Served with 14 Sqn.
Lost 06/01/44 Off WA Coast.
FLGOFF Gordon Gwynne Moore 401523, PLTOFF Frederick Erick Chidlow 406689, PLTOFF Douglas Raymond Cullen 406095, Wing Cdr Charles Cuthbertson Learmonth DFC & Bar 385 (pilot) killed.
A9-347 Served with 100 Sqn.
Ran off runway 20/08/43, Gurney after returning from anti-submarine patrol GUR21.
Crew; FLTSGT Clement Batstone Wiggins 405335 (pilot), WO Russell Henry Grigg 405284 (observer), FLTSGT Gordon Lewis Hamilton 414022 (WAG) and FLTSGT Albert Beckett 408343 (WAG) uninjured.
This crew lost 05/09/43 Gasmata raid in A9-186.
Converted to components 08/45.
A9-348 Served with 14 Sqn and 40 OBU.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-349 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 15/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-350 Served with 32 Sqn.
Crashed 18/11/43, Saddle Back Mountain Kiama NSW.
Crew: FLTSGT Ronald Cecil Christie 410630 (pilot), SGT Douglas Reginald James 418721 (observer), SGT Francis Nelson Fanning 419465(WAG), SGT Reginald Alfred Sharples 419226 (WAG) and PLTOFF Harry Sydney James Terrill 419426(pax from 73 Sqn) killed.
Converted to components 12/43.
A9-351 Served with 32 Sqn.
Crashed 21/03/44, Bundaberg QLD.
Placed into storage 19/11/45 and stuck off charge 08/49.
A9-352 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 11/07/43, 1.5 miles east of Currie airfield on King Island.
Crew; PLTOFF Clarence Melville Leesue 417469, PLTOFF Harold Roy Snell 421408, PLTOFF John Alexander Kildea 418550 & FLTOFF Neville William Allan Edwards 401747 killed.
A9-353 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 26/08/43, in Lake Wellington near East Sale VIC.
Crew; SGT Wallace Gard Prout 422061, SGT Thomas Leonard Keith Lindsay 423889, SGT Jack Henry Farmer 424748 & FLGOFF Colin Scott Ferguson 411134 killed.
A9-354 Served with 1 OTU.
Force landing 13/08/43, East Sale VIC.
FLTLT Irvine Margetts Hamilton 250801 killed.
Converted to components 08/43.
A9-355 Served with 1 OTU.
Ground looped 16/01/44, during single engine landing East Sale VIC.
Converted to components 04/45.
A9-356 Served with 5OTU and 7 Sqn.
Placed into storage 27/08/45 and struck off charge 08/49.

Beaufort A9-356

A9-357 Served with 1 OTU.
Belly landed 15/07/44, on east end of east-west runway East Sale VIC.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-358 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 06/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-359 Served with 1 OTU.
Conversion to components and scrap 06/46.
A9-360 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 25/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-361 Served with 13 Sqn, 2 Sqn and 1 Sqn.
Placed into storage 11/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-362 Served with 100 Sqn.
Hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed on landing 05/09/43, Goodenough Island PNG.
Crew; FLGOFF Charles Stuart Walsh 406065(pilot), FLGOFF William Edward Henry 403740 (observer), WAGS FLGOFF John Campbell Guthrie 413857 and PLTOFF Jeffrey Ernest Barton 410216 survived the crash.
A9-363 Served with 13 Sqn, 2 Sqn and 1 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-745 12/08/45.
A9-364 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed 16/01/45, Tadji airstrip PNG.
Converted to components 03/45.
A9-365 Served with 100 Sqn.
Converted to components 11/45.
A9-366 Served with 5OTU and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 25/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-367 Served with 100 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-733 12/05/45.
A9-368 Served with 7 Sqn.
Forced landing 22/02/44, 5 miles southeast of Merauke PNG.
Converted to components 04/44.
A9-369 Served with 100 Sqn and No 8 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 12/02/46 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-370 Served with 7 Sqn and 1 APU.
Converted to components 02/45.
A9-371 Served with 100 Sqn and 93 Sqn.
Placed into storage 12/02/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-372 Served with 32 Sqn.
Placed into storage 23/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-373 Served with 13 Sqn, 2 Sqn, 1 Sqn, 8 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Crash landed 15/01/46, Tadji PNG.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-374 Served with 100 Sqn.
Missing on operations 05/09/43, over Gasmata New Britain.
Crew; FLTLT Roy Herbert Wollacott MID 407144 (pilot), SGT James Albert Sugg 416085(observer), FLTSGT William Theodore Pedler 416608 (WAG) and FLTSGT Harley Joseph Williams 408311 (WAG) killed.
A9-375 Served with 13 Sqn, 2 Sqn, 1 Sqn and 82 Wing.
Placed into storage 19/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-376 Served with 8 Sqn,
Crashed 31/01/44, during weather reconnaissance 9 miles east of Vivigani PNG.
Pax? WO Leonard William Gooding 3319 killed.
Crew; FLTSGT Gilbert McKenzie Fleming 418375, FLTSGT Berte Dempsey 409790, FLTSGT Donald Keith Stephenson 42836 and FLTSGT William Arthur Sudholtz 414274 killed.
This crew had been involved in another plane crash A9-55 11/08/43 East Sale.
A9-377 Served with 7 Sqn.
Crashed 01/05/44, near Higgins Field QLD. Crew FLTSGT John William Bracken 423608 (pilot), FLTSGT Andrew Frank 427618, FLGOFF Thomas Albert Charles Daymond 429762, FLTSGT Lionel Ernest James Parkes 413323 killed.
A9-378 Served with 13 Sqn, 2 Sqn, 1 Sqn and 92 Sqn.
Placed into storage 24/09/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-379 Served with 13 Sqn and 2 Sqn.
Converted to Mk 9 and renumbered A9-709 18/10/44.
A9-380 Served with 13 Sqn.
Crashed 11/12/43, Canberra Airport ACT.
Converted to components 12/44.
A9-381 Served with 7 Sqn.
Placed into storage 08/01/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-382 Served with 100 Sqn and 7 Sqn.
Crashed 31/05/45, on landing Madang airstrip PNG.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-383 Served with 7 Sqn.
Ground looped 07/09/43,on landing Townsville QLD.
Converted to components 03/44.
A9-384 Served with 100 Sqn.
Ditched into sea 03/08/43, 40 miles east of Gurney.
Crew; PLTOFF W.W. Hay 413539 (pilot), SGT F.E. Errey 416572 (observer), SGT L.G.S. Bourke and SGT J.G. Hunt (WAGS) uninjured.
Pax; LAC G.J. Kerr also uninjured.
A9-385 Served with 14 Sqn.
Crashed 29/01/44, on take off Pearce WA.
Converted to components 02/44.
A9-386 Served with 13 Sqn, 2 Sqn and 1 Sqn.
Placed into storage 30/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-387 Served with 6 Sqn.
Aircraft known as "Old Faithful".
Ditched into sea 17/01/44, between Kiriwana and Vivigani PNG.
Crew; FLGOFF Horace Milward Wade 415201(pilot), FLTSGT Frank Penaluna 416887 (observer), FLTSGT James Alexander Nash 410368 and FLTSGT Clive Grant 417070 (WAGS).
Also on board was PLTOFF Alan Smith flying as a supernumerary WAG.
A9-388 Served with 13 Sqn, 2 Sqn, 1 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 25/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-389 Served with 7 Sqn and 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 02/10/45 and stuck off charge 08/49.
A9-390 Served with 6 Sqn.
Belly landed 24/08/44, Sentani Strip Hollandia.
Converted to components 11/44.
A9-391 Served with 6 Sqn.
Placed into storage 15/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-392 Served with 13 Sqn, and 1 Sqn.
Crashed into mangroves 19/06/44 near Millingimbi NT. Pilot; Falconer.
Converted to components 07/44.
A9-393 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 13/12/45.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-394 Served with 6 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Crashed 07/12/44 Weras Strip PNG.
Destroyed by 60 CBU.
A9-395 Served with 7 Sqn.
Placed into storage 06/06/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-396 Served with 6 Sqn and No 3 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 23/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-397 Served with 7 Sqn.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-398 Served with 6 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-399 Served with 6 Sqn.
Placed into storage 11/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-400 Served with 6 Sqn.
Ditched into sea 04/04/45 near Buna PNG.
Converted to components 05/45.
 
     

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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