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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic Serial Number A19-43  
RAAF
31 Squadron

Previous Assignments
5 OTU

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USAF Museum July 2001

Aircraft History
Built under license by the Fairey Aviation Company in Stockport, England, and delivered to the RAAF in 1942. Assigned to 5 OTU on November 2, 1942 and 31 Sqn on June 20, 1943.

Mission History
On September 16, 1943, the fighter ran out of fuel and bellylanded at Skirmish Point near Millingimbi when returning from a raid on Taberfane. Two days later, it was flown out and returned to 31 Squadron, and then to 4 RSU for repairs.

On August 31, 1944, this aircraft ran off airstrip following a brake failure, with repaired and then in October sent to No. 3 Air Armament Gunnery School in Nhill, Victoria. In October 9, 1947 it was abandoned.

Recovery
During 1971, this Beaufort was recovered by an aircraft restoration group.

Restoration
Afterwards, aquired by the Morrabbin Aircraft Museum. In 1988 aquired by the USAF Museum. After a period of storage, the museum restored the aircraft between 2000–2006. Reportedly, HARS restored some parts for this aircraft. Officially opened for display October 18, 2006.

This Beaufighter is painted in the markings of a USAAF Beaufighter flown by Captain Harold Augspurger, C.O. of the 415th Night Fighter Squadron (NFS). This aircraft shot down a He-111 carrying German staff officers in September 1944.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-43
USAF Air Force Link - Museum adds British Bristol Beaufighter to gallery via Wayback Machine April 18, 2008

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April 25, 2021

 

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