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Beaufreighter A9-743

   

During 1944 and 1945 46 Beauforts were converted to unarmed transports, officially Beaufort Mk.IX but generally known as Beaufreighters.
They received new serial numbers in the A9-701 to 746 range.

 

 
 

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RAAF.Serial Fate
A9-701 Ex A9-14.
Served with No 10 Communication Unit 14/03/45 to 01/11/45.
Served with No 8 Communication Unit.
Conversion to components approved 04/46.
A9-702 Ex A9-17.
Served with No 9 Communication Unit.
Crashed on take off 26/02/45, Lae airstrip PNG.
Converted to components.
A9-703 Ex A9-221. Served with 9 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 28/11/45.
Cockpit section located at the Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a privately owned collection and is not open to the public.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-703

A9-704 Ex A9-292.
Served with No 9 Communication Unit 21/03/45 and No 11 Communication Unit 08/10/45.
Placed into storage 12/03/46 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-705 Ex A9-672.
Served with No 9 Communcation Unit, No 8 Communication Unit and 84 OBU.
Written off 07/46.
A9-706 Ex A9-79.
Served with No 9 Communication Unit 30/12/44 to 03/08/45.
Served with No 11 Communication Unit 06/10/45 to 29/11/45.
Placed into storage and converted to components 20/03/46.
A9-707 Ex A9-673.
Served with No 9 Communcation Unit.
Crashed on landing 15/06/45, Palawan Airstrip.
Converted to components 09/45.
A9-708 Ex A9-288.
Served with No 9 Communication Unit 27/12/44.
Crashed on landing 22/09/45, Labuan Airstrip Borneo.
Converted to components 11/45.
A9-709 Ex A9-379.
Served with No 9 Communication Unit.
Crashed 17/01/45, on landing Finschafen PNG.
Converted to components 02/45.
A9-710 Ex A9-59.
Served with No 9 Communication Unit 27/03/45 to 03/10/45.
Converted to components.
A9-711 Ex A9-605.
Served with 9 LASU.
Ditched into sea 12/06/45 Sanga Sanga after failure to gain height.
Aircraft was on a spraying mission. Written off 06/45.
A9-712 Ex A9-310.
Served with No 10 Communication Unit 15/03/45.
Crashed 21/11/45, on landing at Lakunai Airstrip Rabaul.
Converted to components 12/45

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-712

A9-713 Ex A9-403.
Served with No 10 Communication Unit.
Crashed on take off 13/11/45, Gurney Airstrip Milne Bay PNG.
Converted to components 12/45.
A9-714 Ex A9-293. Served with No 10 Communication Unit 14/03/45.
Emergency crash landing 13/11/45, Torokina Airstrip.
Converted to components 12/45.
A9-715 Ex A9-309. Served with No 10 Communication Unit 13/04/45.
Converted to components 09/45.
A9-716 Ex A9-184. Served with No 10 Communication Unit 14/04/45 to 01/02/46.
Placed into storage 03/46.
A9-717 Ex A9-235.
Served with Served with 12 LASU and 100 Sqn.
Placed into storage 30/04/46 Tocumwal NSW.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-718 Ex A9-193.
Served with 9 LASU.
Crashed 11/06/45, Bamao Island near Sanga Sanga, Borneo.
Crew: FLGOFF Ernest Albert Harps-Burt 441279 (pilot), PLTOFF John Francis Mooney 415086 (observer) & WOFF Jackie Simmonds 401857 killed.
Written off 28/06/45.
A9-719 Ex A9-198.
Served with 12 LASU.
Placed into storage 15/03/46.
A9-720 Ex A9-242.
Served with 12 LASU.
Placed into storage 22/01/46 and struck off charge 08/08/49.
A9-721 Ex A9=328.
Served with 10 LASU and No 8 Communication Unit.
Ground looped 04/02/46, after landing Madang PNG.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-722 Ex A9-187.
Served with 9 LASU.
Placed into storage 28/11/45./td>
A9-723 Ex A9-216.
Served with No 8 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 03/46.
A9-724 Ex A9-218.
Served with 9 LASU.
Placed into storage.

Beaufort A9-724

A9-725 Ex A9-206.
Served with 9 LASU.
Placed into storage 28/11/45.
A9-726 Ex A9-234.
Served with 9 LASU.
Placed into storage 22/03/46.
A9-727 Ex A9-231.
Served with 12 LASU.
Crashed 14/09/45, on take off from Tadji Airstrip PNG.
Converted to components 12/45.
A9-728 Ex A9-213.
Served with No 6 Communication Unit, No 1 Communication Unit and 1APU.
Placed into storage 05/48.
Engines and cockpit assembly recovered for RAAF.
Remainder of aircraft sold to R.H. Grant.
A9-729 Ex A9-208.
Served with No 8 Communication Unit.
Struck off charge 08/49.
A9-730 Ex A9-521.
Served with 1APU and No 1 Communication Unit.
Struck off charge 08/49.
A9-731 Ex A9-315.
Served with No 8 Communication Unit 01/11/45.
Placed into storage 28/01/46 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-732 Ex A9-410.
Served with 12 lasu.
Struck off charge 08/49.
A9-733 Ex A9-367.
Served with No 5 Communication Unit.
Crashed 13/11/45, during test flight Garbutt aerodrome QLD.
Converted to components 12/45.

Highlight for Album: Beaufort A9-733

A9-734 Ex A9-543.
Served with 10 LASU and 12 LASU.
Struck off charge 08/49.
A9-735 Ex A9-246.
Served with 10 LASU and 12 LASU.
Ground looped after landing 05/02/46 Rabaul New Britain.
Converted to components 03/46.
A9-736 Ex A9-203.
Served with No 8 Communication Unit.
Crashed 22/11/45 on take off from Lakuni Airstrip Rabaul.
Converted to components 12/45.

Beaufreighter A9-736, Bankstown, c.1945. via Mike Mirkovic.

A9-737 Ex A9-232. Served with 12 LASU and 100 Sqn.
Struck off charge 06/46.
A9-738 Ex A9-254. Served with 9 LASU and 1APU.
Placed into storage 12/05/47.
Engine and cockpit assembly recovered for RAAF 21/12/49 and remainder of aircraft sold to R.H. Grant.
A9-739 Ex A9-433.
Served with 9 LASU.
Placed into storage 28/11/45 and struck off charge 08/49.
A9-740 Ex A9-312.
Served with No 4 Communication Unit 29/10/45.
Placed into storage 04/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-741 Ex A9-316.
Served with 1AD.
Crashed on landing 23/11/45, while on ferry flight Piva South Airstrip.
Aircraft struck a banked up open drain and caught fire.
off 12/45.
A9-742 Ex A9-320.
Served with 10LASU, 12LASU and 100 Sqn.
Placed into storage 14/03/46.
Hull only sold to T Carr & Company.
Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Co.
A9-743 Served with 1APU.
Placed into storage 27/05/48.
Disposed of 24/04/51 and remnants sold to R H Grant.

Beaufreighter A9-743

A9-744 Ex A9-420.
Served with 10 LASU, 12 LASU, No 111 ASRF,100 Sqn and 48 CBU.
Converted to components 04/46.
A9-745 Ex A9-363.
Served with No 1 Communication Unit.
Placed into storage 01/10/48 and struck off charge 08/49.

1Beaufort Mk.IX A9-745
 A.P.U., Laverton, c.1945, . 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A9-746 Ex A9-477.
Served with No 8 Communication Unit, No 5 Communication Unit and 36 Sqn.
Placed into storage 24/05/46.
A9-1001 Ex-RAF L4448, Imported as pattern aircraft 1939.
Original Taurus engine replaced by 1200 HP Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasps at CAC.
First flight in this configuration 05/05/41.
Served with 1AD and No 4 Communication Flight.
Crashed 27/02/43, Darwin when aircraft swerved on takeoff and collided with a truck.
Converted to components 09/43.
 
     

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

Updated 20th January 2017

     

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