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  DAP Beaufort Mark V Serial Number A9-13 Code FX-B
RAAF
8 Comm Unit

Former Assignments
100 Squadron
1 OTU

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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number T9552 with code NK-B.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark V serial number A9-13. During December 1941, assigned to No. 100 Squadron without armament and flown to Singapore then returned to Australia before the Japanese occupied the island.

Back in Australia, assigned to No. 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU) with code FX-B. Operated from Bairnsdale Airfield and East Sale Airfield. Later, assigned to 8 Communications Unit (8 Comm Unit) in New Guinea.

Mission History
During May 1945 this aircraft force landed at Tadji Airfield and was written off.

Wreckage
Until 1974 this Beaufort remained in situ at Tadji Airfield. In 1974 salvaged salvaged by Charles Darby and Monty Armstrong during the salvage operation funded by David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air Force (MARC). Loaded onto a barge and shipped to Lae. Instead of going to the United States, it was acquired by Monty Armstrong and shipped to New Zealand. Privately purchased and shipped to Australia.

Displayed as component parts at the Australian Army Museum of Flying, at Oakey Airfield, it is partially restored using the cockpit section of Beaufort A9-210.

Display
As of May 2014, this Beaufort was relocated to the Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin, Victoria.

References
Australian National Aviation Museum - Beaufort A9-13 Restoration
Australian National Aviation Museum - DAP (Bristol) Beaufort MK V A9-13 / T9552
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-13

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Last Updated
January 20, 2020

 

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