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Beaufighter A19-84

Aircraft Model:Bristol Beaufighter Mk. VIC
Manufacturer:Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited
Identities:EL259; A19-84
Units:No. 31 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

2 December 1942Received by No. 2 Aircraft Park, RAAF, ex UK.
8 December 1942Erection proceeding at No. 2 AP.
31 December 1942Allotted to No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
10 January 1943Received by No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
20 January 1943Allotted to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
20 February 1943Received by No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
18 March 1943Received by No. 4 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF.
1 April 1943Received by No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
15 May 1943Aircraft fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks.
29 August 1943Received by No. 4 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF, for double engine change.
6 October 1943Allotted to No. 31 Squadron, RAAF.
18 October 1943Aircraft crashed at Darwin and burst into flames after striking tree during non-operational exercises with Spitfires.
Pilot: F/Sgt ROWLAND VALENTINE ELLIS, RAAF 420168 (Killed)
Navigator: F/Sgt WILLIAM BERTRAM CARTON, RAAF 425425 (Killed)
Passenger: LAC ALAN JAMES PITTS, RAAF 68670 (Killed)
19 October 1943Allotted to No. 14 Aircraft Repair Depot, RAAF, for conversion.
3 November 1943Approved for conversion to components.

Photos

Beaufighter A19-84 of No. 31 Squadron, RAAF, landing at Coomalie, NT

References

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1944, Beaufighter A19 [Accidents Part 5], A9845, 15.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, Aircraft status cards - Beaufighter A19-1 to A19-218, A10297, BLOCK 106.

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

Record updated on 25 November 2017.


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