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Beaufighter A19-135

Aircraft Model:Bristol Beaufighter Mk. VIC
Manufacturer:Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited
Identities:A19-135
Units:No. 1 Air Performance Unit, RAAF
No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF

Timeline

12 August 1943Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex UK.
26 August 1943Allotted to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
23 September 1943Issued to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
5 March 1945Aircraft damaged when undercarriage collapsed on landing.
Pilot: F/Lt LINO FRANCIS GATTORNA, RAAF 407233 (Uninjured)
Navigator: P/O RONALD MANN, RAAF (Uninjured)
8 July 1945Aircraft force landed at Albury aerodrome after suffering an engine failure at 3,000 feet.
Pilot: W/Cdr CHARLES ERNEST MARTIN, RAAF 402059 (Uninjured)
11 July 1945Approval granted to carry out engine change at Albury.
31 July 1945Received by No. 1 Air Performance Unit, RAAF.
15 October 1945Received by No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for storage.
17 May 1946Authorised for write-off.
24 February 1948Passed for DAP.
8 August 1949Action completed by DSD.

References

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Beaufighter A19 [Accidents Part 8], A9845, 18.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1946, 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 6 October 2017.


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