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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic Serial Number A19-5 Code F
30 Squadron

Aircraft History
RAF serial number T4924. Assigned to the RAAF 2 AD on May 8, 1942. This was the first Beaufighter to fly in Australia, taking off frorm Bankstown Airfield piloted by S/L Ellis.

On August 3, 1942 assigned to 30 Squadron with code "F". One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from from Richmond NSW to Bohle River near Townsville for operational training, piloted by FLTLT Welsh & Nav SGT Witheford.

On September 12, 1942 flown to Wards Drome (5 Mile) near Port Moresby. On November 22, 1942 on a mission against Lae Airfield, A19-5 put a one second burst into a Zeke which had climbed up under its nose to attack another Beaufighter in front. Japanese anti-aircraft fire then hit A19-5 in the port engine and tire. The aircraft was further damaged on landing. Afterwwards was repaired by 15 RSU during January 14 - February 20, 1943.

On March 3, 1943 participated in the Battle of the Bismark Sea piloted by S/L Ron 'Torchy' Uren & Navigator FSGT Harry Suthons. During the battle, this Beaufighter carried war correspondent Damien Parer behind the pilot with his film camera balanced on the pilots head during strafing attacks on Japanese ships.

On April 12, 1943, this Beaufighter was damaged on the ground a Wards Drome during the Japanese air raid. On April 15 - 17, repaired by 15 ARD. On April 27, ground Looped on takeoff when starboard engine failed wrenching off the starboard undercarriage. On May 2 - June 29 transfered to 15 ARD for repair. Afterwards, coded LY-R.

On July 12, 1943 developed fractures in the fuselage, and was again repaired by 5 AD on July 22 - September 9 for repair by 1 AD. On March 9, 1944 transfered to 5 AD, then April 25, to 5 OTU.

On December 13, 1944 crashed north of Williamtown NSW during night flying training when the aircraft hit trees on approaching the flarepath. piloted FSGT Le Maistre.

Beaufighters in the Pacific: A History of the RAAF Beaufighter Squadrons in the South West Pacific Area (2005 revised), page 107
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-5

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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