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Beaufighter A8-85

Aircraft Model:DAP Beaufighter Mk. 21
Manufacturer:Department of Aircraft Production
Identities:A8-85
Name / Nose Art:Hilary
Units:No. 93 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

25 November 1944Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex DAP.
12 December 1944Issued to DAP, ex No. 1 AD.
19 December 1944Issued to No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex DAP.
31 January 1945Allotted to No. 93 Squadron, RAAF.
4 February 1945Received by No. 93 Squadron, RAAF.
7 August 1945Aircraft lost during rocket attack on shipping near Kuching.
Pilot: F/O VERNON JASSON SIMS, RAAF 401396 (Survived)
Navigator: F/O REGINALD FARRANT, RAAF 441616 (Survived)
12 November 1945Approval given to write off records as result of having been lost.

Photos

Beaufighter A8-85 'Hilary' of No. 93 Squadron, RAAFW/O S. Leviston (right) with Beaufighter A8-85 'Hilary' of No. 93 Squadron, RAAFF/Lt E.W. Robinson (left) welcoming F/Lt V.J. Sims (centre) and F/O R. Farrant after surviving 14 days in the jungle

References

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1946, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 93 Squadron Jan 45 - Aug 46, A9186, 120.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1949, Aircraft status cards - Beaufighter - Hercules - A8-1 to A8-365, A10297, BLOCK 67.

Wilson, S. 1990 Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service. Weston Creek: Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd.

Record updated on 19 November 2017.


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