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Beaufighter A19-47

Aircraft Model:Bristol Beaufighter Mk. IC
Manufacturer:Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited
Units:No. 31 Squadron, RAAF


7 June 1942Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex overseas for erection.
3 July 1942Ground tested.
10 October 1942Allotted to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
13 October 1942Received at No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
6 June 1943Received by No. 14 Aircraft Repair Depot, RAAF, for 240 hourly and engine change.
14 August 1943Received by No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
21 August 1943Aircraft collided with A19-63 and crashed into the sea during an operation over Taberfane.
Pilot: F/Lt FRANCIS JOSEPH GARDINER, RAAF 407575 (Missing)
Navigator: F/O LEWIS JOHN LYNE, RAAF 13986 (Missing)
30 August 1943Approved for write off.


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1946, Aircraft status cards - Beaufighter A19-1 to A19-218, A10297, BLOCK 106.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1960, LYNE, Lewis John - (Flying Officer); Service Number - 13986; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Beaufighter A19-47; Place - Aroe Islands, Netherlands East Indies; Date - 21 August 1943, A705, 166/25/65.

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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