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Beaufort A9-13

Aircraft Model:DAP Beaufort Mk. V
Manufacturer:Department of Aircraft Production
Identities:T9552; A9-13
Units:No. 100 Squadron, RAAF
No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF
No. 8 Communication Unit, RAAF
No. 100 Squadron, RAF

Timeline

23 January 1942Received by No. 100 Squadron, RAF, ex No. 1 AD.
29 January 1942Allotted to Station Headquarters Richmond for use by No. 100 Squadron, RAF.
19 February 1942Allotted to No. 100 Squadron, RAAF.
3 May 1942Received by No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
27 December 1942Forced landing following engine failure causing damage to bomb doors.
Pilot: W/O Albert James Williams, RAAF 407136 (Survived)
W/AG: Sgt Ivan Daniel Lane, RAAF 416381 (Survived)
W/AG: Sgt Spencer Wilson-Smith, RAAF 416525 (Survived)
21 January 1944Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for 240 hourly.
3 September 1944Received by No. 8 Communication Unit, RAAF, to replace A9-79.
5 February 1945Received by No. 12 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF, for 240 hourly.
4 April 1945Allotted to No. 4 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex No. 12 RSU, for necessary inspection of repair and fitment for further use by OTU.
8 May 1945Converted to components.
1974Wreckage of centre and rear fuselage salvaged from Tadji, Papua New Guinea. The remainder of the wreck was described as follows:
"When found at Tadji in 1974, the cockpit area was burnt out and the wings were damaged beyond repair" (Darby 1979:63).

Photos

Beaufort A9-13 of No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF, being overflown by other No. 1 OTU Beauforts

Sorties

No. 100 Squadron, RAAF:
18 March 1942A/S Patrol17:005 CrewEvans Head
2 April 1942RY 2 PatrolPatrol carried out successfully
3 April 1942RX 1 PatrolPatrol carried out successfully
8 April 1942RX 1 PatrolPatrol carried out successfully
9 April 1942
12 April 1942RX 1 PatrolPatrol carried out successfully
16 April 1942RX 1 PatrolPatrol carried out successfully
29 April 1942RX 1 PatrolPatrol carried out successfully
No. 8 Communication Unit, RAAF:
5 February 1945FerryF/Lt. P.P. Hopton
F/O R.L. Stoner
W/O J.L. Adams
F/Sgt. M. Wilson
Ferried to No. 12 Repair & Salvage unit for 240 hourly inspection.

References

Darby, C. 1979 Pacific Aircraft Wrecks… And Where to Find Them. Melbourne: Kookaburra Technical Publications Pty. Ltd.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1944, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Operation Training Units 1 to 4 Dec 41 - Apr 44, A9186, 443.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Communication Flights 5-13 Dec 42 - Oct 45, A9186, 335.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1946, Aircraft status cards - Beaufort A9-4 to A9-99, A10297, BLOCK 68.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1946, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 100 Squadron Mar 42 - Aug 46, A9186, 123.

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

Record updated on 20 January 2019.


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