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5 Communication Unit
8 Communication Unit
Ross Liersch 1994
Michael Andrews 1999
Jason Daniels 2010
|Pilot W/O Ian William "Bill" Adamson, 428272 RAAF (survived) Berwick, VIC
Navigator P/O Clement Charles Martin, 422603 RAAF (survived) Woollahra, NSW
W/AG Cpl Stanley Neil White, 23878 RAAF (survived) West Wyalong, NSW
Passenger P/O John Noel Caddy, 417048 RAAF (survived) Euduna, SA
Passenger LAC Edward Francis Elsley, 423685 RAAF (survived) Quirindi, NSW
Passenger LAC Clarence Plater, 151787 RAAF (survived) Brisbane, QLD
Passenger WO2 James Joseph Eastlake, VX96384 AIF (survived) Ushington, England
Crashed October 10, 1945
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-190. Assigned to No. 100 Squadron. On the left side of the cockpit was the nose art of a rooster. Later, assigned to No. 5 Communication Unit. Next assigned to No. 8 Communication Unit.
On October 10, 1945 took off from Bamaga Airfield (Higgins Field, Jack Jacky, Red Point) piloted by W/O Ian William Adamson on a flight. After flying 120 miles, the left engine cut out and the aircraft attempted to return to base. After lading at Bamaga Airfield, there was no break pressure and the Beaufort ran off the runway. No one was injured in the landing.
During November 1945, this Beaufort was assigned to 10 Repair Salvage Unit (10 RSU) and converted to components and stripped of usable parts and equipment. The rest of the Beaufort including the wings, tail assembly and fuselage were abandoned. Today, the pieces of this Beaufort remain in situ at Bamaga Airfield.
NAA Beaufort A9 [Accidents Part 7] (NAA: A9845, 247)
AWM Collection Database - Item P00647.028
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-190
WW2 Nominal Roll - Ian William Adamson, 428272
WW2 Nominal Roll - Clement Charles Martin, O6848 (422603)
WW2 Nominal Roll - Stanley Neil White, 23878
WW2 Nominal Roll - John Noel Caddy, 417048
WW2 Nominal Roll - Edward Francis Elsley, 423685
WW2 Nominal Roll - Clarence Plater, 151787
WW2 Nominal Roll - James Joseph Eastlake, VX96384
Thanks to Ross Liersch, Michael Andrews, Daniel Leahy and Jason Daniels for additional information
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September 29, 2020
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