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Beaufort Mk.VIII A9-510/DD-S 'Salome',
15 Squadron, Middleburg Island, c.1945, 
note stripped to bare metal. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

     
 

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RAAF Serial Aircraft History
A9-501 Served with 1 Sqn.
Crashed 18/03/45, on landing Gove NT.
Converted to components 29/03/45.
A9-502 Served with 1 Sqn and 7 Sqn.
Placed into storage 10/12/45.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-503 Served with 1 Sqn and No 10 Communication Unit.
Ground looped 03/07/45, after landing Piva Airstrip.
Placed into storage 03/12/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-504 Served with 6 Sqn.
Placed into storage 03/01/46 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-505 Served with 1 Sqn. Midair collision 02/02/44, with A9-507 Menangle NSW.
Crew: FLTSGT George Livingstone Forbes Wood 415097 (pilot), FLTSGT Michael O'Malley 426903 (observer), FLTSGT Stanley Murray Johnston (WAG), FLTSGT Jack Stace Newnham 423876 (WAG) & LAC John Lovell Parer Nugent 130211 instrument repairer (pax) killed.
Converted to components 02/44.
A9-506 Served with 15 Sqn. Converted to components 03/46.
A9-507 Served with 1 Sqn. Midair collision 02/02/44 with A9-505 Menangle NSW.
Crew: FLTSGT Percival Allen 415957 (pilot), FLGOFF Cedric Ivan Barber 415959 (observer), FLGOFF Donald Glen Broad 437112 (WAG), FLTSGT George Russell McCausland 419053 (WAG) & LAC Richard Keith Shelton 88452 photographer (pax) killed.
Converted to components 02/44.
A9-508 Served with 2 Sqn, 1APU and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 20/02/46 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-509 Served with 1 Sqn.
Missing on operations 03/05/44, Penfui PNG. Crew: FLTSGT William David Sandwell 415685 (observer), WOFF Felix Edward Keon 410242 & FLTSGT William James Hamilton 418836 (WAGS) killed.
Pilot FLTSGT Terrence Wallace 415703 survived crash but died the following day as a Prisoner of War.
A9-510 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 20/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.

Beaufort Mk.VIII A9-510/DD-S 'Salome',
15 Squadron, Middleburg Island, c.1945, 
note stripped to bare metal. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A9-511 Served with Central Gunnery School.
Placed into storage 07/12/45.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-512 Served with 6 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Placed into storage 13/02/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-513 Served with 100 Sqn.
Crash landed 16/05/44, on return from operations Nadzab PNG.
Converted to components 03/45.
A9-514 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 02/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-515 Served with Armament School.
Placed into storage 29/11/45.
Converted to Instructional Airframe No 19 06/11/47.
Sold to R.H. Grant Trading Co. Pty. Ltd. 04/53.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-515

A9-516 Served with 15 Sqn.
Groundlooped 15/06/45, on landing at Madang airstrip PNG.
Pilot; FLGOFF Woodward.
Placed into storage 18/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-517 Served with 6 Sqn.
Missing from operations 28/03/44, Jacquinot Bay.
Crew; FLGOFF Horace Milward Wade 415201 (pilot), PLTOFF Frank Arthur Penaluna 416887(observer),PLTOFF James Alexander nash 410368(WAG), FLTSGT Clive Grant 417070 (WAG) and SGT Ronald Mark Fox 3470 killed.
A9-518 Served with 15 Sqn.
Missing on armed reconnaissance 26/03/45, Madang PNG.
Crashed Sepik River area PNG.
Crew: FLGOFF William Walker Parker 415045 (pilot), WOFF James Alexander Chapman 410544 (observer), FLGOFF Keith Gillan 401749 (WAG), WOFF Ronald Eardley Douch 412499 (WAG) and Lt Col Alan Binney NX12184 serving with HQ 2 Air Liaison Group (pax) killed.
A9-519 Served with 2 Sqn, 1 Sqn and No 11 Communication Unit.
Crashed on take off 04/10/45, Wama Airstrip Moratai.
Converted to components 12/45.
A9-520 Served with Armament School.
Placed into storage 30/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-521 Served with 100 Sqn.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-730 30/04/45.
A9-522 Served with 15 Sqn.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-523 Served with Armament School.
Placed into storage 28/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-524 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 01/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-525 Served with 6 Sqn.
Crashed on landing 04/12/44, Vivigani PNG.
Converted to components 01/45.
A9-526 Served with Central Flying School.
Sold to R.H. Grant 06/51.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-526

A9-527 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 11/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-528 Served with Central Flying School.
Sold to R.H. Grant 06/51.
A9-529 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 21/09/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-530 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 02/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-530

A9-531 Served with 6 Sqn.
Crash landed 13/12/44, Vivigani PNG.
Converted to components 01/45.
A9-532 Served with 15 Sqn.
Overshot runway and ground looped 05/02/45, Williamtown NSW.
Aircraft was on transit from Mascot NSW to Archerfield QLD when aircraft developed trouble in port engine.
Aircraft diverted to Williamtown and attempted a one-engine landing.
Overshot runway and ground looped.
Pilot; FLGOFF Ross.
Converted to components 06/45.
A9-533 Served with 6 Sqn.
Ditched into sea during escort patrol 21/09/44, Goodenough Island PNG.
Written off 10/44.
A9-534 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 03/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-535 Served with 100 Sqn.
Crash landed 10/07/44, Tadji PNG.
Converted to components 08/44.
A9-536 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 03/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-537 Served with 100 Sqn.
Taxied into tree 29/05/44, Vivigani PNG.
Converted to components 06/44.
A9-538 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 02/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-539 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 06/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-540 Served with 2 Sqn and 1 Sqn.
Converted to Instructional Airframe No 18 06/11/47.
Sold to R.H. Grant 01/53.
A9-541 Served with 1 Sqn.
Missing on operations, 09/05/44, Penfui.
A9-542 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 18/03/44, Lake Victoria near Storm Point VIC.
Crew survived crash.
Converted to components 04/44.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-542

A9-543 Served with 1 OTU.
Converted to Mk9 and renumbered A9-734 28/05/45.
A9-544 Served with 8 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Placed into storage 07/03/46.
A9-545 Served with 32 Sqn.
Force landed 22/08/45, Coffs Harbour NSW.
Converted to components 10/45.
A9-546 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 03/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-547 Served with 8 Sqn and 6 Sqn.
Crashed 01/06/45, Horanda Airstrip.
Written off 06/45.
A9-548 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage and struck off charge 08/49.

Beaufort Mk.VIII A9-548/DD-L.
15 Squadron, 
Middleburg Island, Dutch New Guinea, 
c.1945,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

A9-549 Served with 8 Sqn.
Placed into storage 01/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-550 Served with 15 Sqn.
Crashed 29/03/44, after takeoff from Menangle NSW. Crew: FLTSGT Harry Byron Johnston 420024 (pilot), FLGOFF Ronald William Durrant 422555 (observer), FLGOFF Howard Douglas Wheller 426408 (WAG), FLTSGT Rex Allan Charles Hoschler 412535 (WAG) & AC1 William Henry Bray (pax) killed.
Converted to components 04/44.
A9-551 Served with 8 Sqn.
Placed into storage 15/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-552 Served with 32 Sqn.
Placed into storage 28/09/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-553 Served with 8 Sqn and 6 Sqn.
Placed into storage 15/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-554 Served with 100 Sqn and 7 Sqn.
Placed into storage 25/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-555 Served with 100 Sqn and 12 RSU.
Crashed on takeoff 21/03/45, Tadji PNG.
Converted to components 06/45.
Beaufort identity of A9-555 is under restoration with The Bristol Heritage Collection, Hessel Field, Clifton, Tennessee; has tail of A9-182
A9-556 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 01/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-557 Served 102 missions with 100 Sqn, QH-L.
Crashed 20/01/45, Tadji PNG when the aircraft ran off the strip when landing, collided with transport vehicles and a building.
Crew; FLTLT Harry John Fowler 415636 (pilot), FLTLT Francis Owen Smith 422062, FLTLT John William Shipman 422085 and FLGOFF Arthur Geoffrey Waite 406817 survived the crash.
This crew killed 15/03/45 in A9-650.
Restoration of Beaufort A9-557completed by the Australian War Memorial and was unveiled on 28/03/2003.
Fitted with cockpit section of A9-461

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-557

A9-558 Served with 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 01/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-559 Served with 100 Sqn.
Crashed on takeoff 30/04/45, Tadji PNG.
Converted to components 05/45.
A9-560 Served with 2 Sqn.
Converted to Instructional Airframe No 17 06/11/47.
Sold to R.H. Grant 01/53.

Beaufort Mk.VIII A9-560/KO-V. 
2 Squadron, Hughes Field, 
18th May 1944,
via Mike Mirkovic.

A9-561 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed on landing 04/09/44, East Sale VIC.
Converted to components 09/44.
A9-562 Served with 2 Sqn, 1 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Crashed 10/08/45, near East Sale VIC.
Converted to components 09/45.
A9-563 Served with 32 Sqn.
Crashed during test flight 05/04/45, Lowood QLD.
Converted to components 05/45.
A9-564 Served with 2 Sqn and 1 Sqn.
Crashed on landing after test flight 09/08/44, Pell Airstrip NT.
Converted to components 09/44.
A9-565 Served with 8 Sqn.
Crashed during takeoff 23/11/45, Tadji PNG.
Converted to components.
A9-566 Served with 15 Sqn.
Crashed while on travel flight between Amberley and Garbutt 11/03/45 in the Mackay area QLD.
Crew: SQNLDR Arthur John Sharp DFC 402140(pilot), FLTLT Tristram Wilfred Pascoe 26792, WO Ernest Andrew Thompson 408889, WO John Norton Mossop 407846, LAC Douglas Milne Finlay 72896 killed.
A9-567 Served with 8 Sqn.
Crashed into sea 24/11/44, 10 miles north east of Tadji PNG.
Crew; WO Donald Vivian Tunbridge 416644 (pilot), PLTOFF John David Richards 426955 (observer), WO Campbell Watson 412950 and WO Mervyn Walter Willis 421952 (WAGS) killed.
A9-568 Served with 1 Sqn.
Placed into storage 23/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-569 Served with 1 OTU.
Converted to components 06/46.
A9-570 Served with 1 Sqn and 8 Sqn.
Placed into storage 13/09/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-571 Served with 100 Sqn.
Crashed 20/05/44, vicinity of Wom Point PNG after being hit by anti-aircraft fire.
The Beaufort ditched after being hit by anti-aircraft fire.
The crew released the dinghy and started to head for shore.
The Japanese opened up with machine guns and the first burst killed the observer FLGOFF Sydney Louis Anderson 410192 outright.
The second burst holed the dinghy and the three remaining crew started to swim along the dinghy.
The third burst of fire collapsed the dinghy completely and killed the pilot FLGOFF Lyle Manhire McLaren 416874 and wounded FLGOFF Ray Graetz 417175 (WAG).
Graetz started swimming westward away from the fire and the other WAG FLTSGT Francis Maloney 410995 was last seen swimming seaward.
Graetz spent the next 8 days in the jungle trying to return to base when he was rescued.
Graetz was awarded the Military Medal for his courage and resource during this adventure.
A9-572 Served with 100 Sqn.
Crashed 13/05/44, Tadji PNG.
This aircraft had been claimed by one of the flight commanders who was unhappy about losing his aircraft three days after it arrived at the squadron.
The aircraft was on a courier mission and when coming into land, it was discovered that the plane was on fire.
The pilot ditched into the sea about a mile offshore.
The plane broke into half near the rear turret.
The crew plus one US soldier (passenger) escaped without injury.
Crew; FLGOFF Colin Mcnaughton (pilot), WO Laurie O'Sullivan (navigator), FLGOFF Fred Tolcher (WAG) and Jack Slingo (WAG).
A9-573 Served with 8 Sqn.
Placed into storage 22/01/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-574 Served with 100 Sqn and 8 Sqn.
Placed into storage 10/01/46.
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.
Rear fuselage and upper fuselage sections noted delivered to the Australian National Aviation Museum - Moorabbin on Sunday 05 January 2014.
A9-575 Served with 1 Sqn and 15 Sqn.
Placed into storage 02/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-576 Served with 1 Sqn.
Collided with Boomerang A46-125 while taxying at Millingimbi NT.
Placed into storage 06/12/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-577 Served with 1 OTU.
Converted to components 06/46.
A9-578 Served with 2 Sqn and 1 Sqn and 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 29/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-579 Served with 1 OTU.
Forced landing 08/05/44, during test flight.
Landed in paddock nine miles south of East Sale VIC.
Converted to components 12/45.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-579

A9-580 Served with No 8 Communication Unit and 8 Sqn.
Placed into storage 05/10/45.
Sold to T. Carr & Co.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-580

A9-581 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 23/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-582 Served with 6 Sqn.
Crashed 02/10/44, Turnbull Field Milne Bay PNG.
Converted to components 10/44.
A9-583 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 23/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-584 Served with No 8 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 01/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-585 Served with 15 Sqn.
Crashed 16/07/44, while undergoing test flight Mascot NSW.
Converted to components 04/45.
A9-586 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 11/10/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-587 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed 02/07/45, hit control tower on take off after pilot had not turned fuel on, East Sale VIC.
Crew: FLTLT Dudley Reginald Atkins DFC and FLGOFF Herbert Elgar Mofflin killed.
A9-588 Served with 14 Sqn.
Placed into storage 10/01/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-589 Served with 1 OTU.
Placed into storage 06/12/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-590 Served with 14 Sqn and No 7 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 16/04/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.

Beaufort A9-590

A9-591 Served with 1 OTU.
Crashed at CGS Cressy 18/11/44, while on an instrument cross country flight.
Converted to components 01/46.
A9-592 Served with 15 Sqn.
Struck off charge 08/49.
A9-593 Served with 1 Sqn.
Crashed and destroyed by fire 16/09/44, Gould Airstrip NT.
A9-594 Served with 8 Sqn and 6 Sqn.
Struck off charge 08/49.
A9-595 Served with 7 Sqn.
Struck off charge 08/49.
A9-596 Served with 100 Sqn.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-597 Served with 1 Sqn, No 1 Communications Unit and Station Headquarters Richmond.
Struck off charge 10/46.
A9-598 Served with 14 Sqn and 100 Sqn.
Struck off charge 09/48.
A9-599 Served with 7 Sqn.
Missing 11/02/45, from night anti-submarine patrol PNG.
Crew; PLTOFF Clyde Samuel Joseph Warbrook 413293, FLTLT Raymond Herbert O'Farrell 405321, FLTOFF James Starling 408886 and FLTLT Ronald James Thomas 404683 killed.
A9-600 Served with 100 Sqn and 7 Sqn.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.

Beaufort Mk.VIIIs A9-600/KT-L and A9-647/KT-M.
7 Squadron, 
New Guinea, c.1944,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

 
     

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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