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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark XIc Serial Number A19-156  
31 Squadron

Pilot  FLGOFF David Bryan Frith Strachan, 401862 (survived) Paddington, NSW
Gunner  FSGT John Leslie Brassil, 421883 (survived)
Paddington, NSW
Force Landed  April 6, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Bristol in the United Kingdom. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) as Beaufighter Mark XIc serial number JM170. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter Mark XIc serial number A19-156 and reassembled. On November 23, 1943 assigned to 31 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 6, 1944 took off piloted by FLGOFF D. B. Strachan on a mission against Semau Island. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and force landed on Cartier Island to the south.

Fates of the Crew
Both crew survived unhurt. Afterwards, they setup one of the machine guns on a coconut palm stump for defense.

At dusk of the same day, both were rescued by Catalina A24-44 and took off again after dark.

After the rescue, the wreckage of Beaufighter A19-156 was strafed and destroyed by another Beaufighter to prevent it from being captured intact by the Japanese.

ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-156
WW2 Nominal Roll - David Bryan Frith Strachan
WW2 Nominal Roll - John Leslie Brassil
Beaufighters In The Pacific A History of the RAAF Beaufighter Squadrons in the South West Pacific Area page 50

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Last Updated
April 1, 2019


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