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  DAP Beaufighter Mark 21 Serial Number A8-186 Tail Code DU-I
RAAF
No. 22 Squadron

Tech Information
Tech Information
A. Miller c1945

Aircraft History
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter Mark 21 serial number A8-186. On April 5, 1945 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD). On May 21, 1945 assigned to 5 Repair Salvage Unit (5 RSU).

On July 23, 1945 assigned to No. 22 Squadron. Tail code DU-I. No known nickname or nose art.

On September 21, 1945 took off piloted by F/O C. G. Williams with navigator Woodford along with Beaufighter A8-12 and Beaufighter A8-183 on a mission over Ambon. This was the last mission flown by No. 22 Squadron during World War II.

Postwar
On October 15, 1945 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD). On November 13, 1945 placed into storage. On January 20, 1947 became an instructional air frame No. 8. On March 15, 1950 sold to W. Strong Borree Creek near Forest Hill for his children.

Display
Since 1965, this Beaufighter is displayed at the Camden Aviation Museum. The aircraft is painted in accurate wartime markings with tail code DU-I.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A8-186
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
September 20, 2020

 

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