|Aircraft Model:||DAP Beaufort Mk. VI|
|Manufacturer:||Department of Aircraft Production|
|Units:||No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF|
No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF
|26 June 1942||Received by No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex APC.|
|30 June 1942||Allotted to No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.|
|3 July 1942||Completed ready for delivery.|
|9 July 1942||Issued to No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.|
|10 July 1942||Received by No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.|
|16 October 1942||Aircraft damaged when it failed to take off and ran through a boundary fence at Bairnsdale, Victoria.|
Pilot: P/O IAN HARRIS FIELDING, RAAF 409038 (Survived)
Crew: Sgt JOHN JOSEPH CALLAGHAN, RAAF 413342 (Survived)
Crew: Sgt WILLIAM McDONALD SMITH, RAAF 409857 (Survived)
Crew: Sgt JAMES BROCK, RAAF 409983 (Survived)
Passenger: F/O CHARLES ALBERT HOWE, RAAF 3660 (Survived)
|21 October 1942||Allotted to No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.|
|28 October 1942||Received by No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.|
|21 December 1942||Estimated ready in 21 days at No. 5 AD.|
|28 December 1942||Estimated ready in 10-21 days at No. 5 AD.|
|4 January 1943||Estimated ready in 10-21 days at No. 5 AD.|
|11 January 1943||Estimated ready in 3-10 days at No. 5 AD.|
|23 February 1943||Allotted to No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF, for training.|
|25 February 1943||Received by No. 5 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.|
|25 August 1943||Aircraft suffered an engine failure and force landed with undercarriage retracted approximately 6 miles south of Forbes, NSW.|
Pilot: F/O LOUIS D'HAMILTON DESTREE, RAAF (Uninjured)
Crew: Sgt WILLIAM ROBERT GIBSON, RAAF 418098 (Uninjured)
|28 August 1943||Allotted to No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for repair.|
|2 September 1943||Issued to No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.|
|11 September 1943||Received by No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.|
|23 February 1944||Approval given to convert to Instructional Airframe No. 8 for issue to No. 1 Engineering School, RAAF.|
|1 April 1946||Offered to CDC for disposal.|
|13 May 1946||Authorised for write-off.|
|26 November 1947||Passed to DAP.|
|8 February 1949||DAP Action Completed.|
Dunn, P. 2018 Crash of a Bristol Beaufort at an unknown location in Victoria on 16 October 1942. Australia @ War. Retrieved 2 October 2018 from <https://www.ozatwar.com/vic48.htm>.
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] 1946, Aircraft status cards - Beaufort A9-4 to A9-99, A10297, BLOCK 68.
National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1988, Beaufort A9 [Accidents Part 3], A9845, 243.
Wilson, S. 1990 Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service. Weston Creek: Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd.
Record updated on 2 October 2018.
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