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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-350  
No. 32 Squadron

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Jose Cordoba 2003
Pilot  F/Sgt Ronald Cecil Christie, 410630 (KIA) Malvern, VIC
Navigator  Sgt Douglas Reginald James, 418721 (KIA) Caulfield, VIC
W/AG  Sgt Francis Nelson Fanning, 419465 (KIA) West Coburg, VIC
W/AG  Sgt Reginald Alfred Sharples, 419226 (KIA) West Preston, VIC
Passenger  P/O Harry Sidney James Terrill, 419426 76 Squadron (KIA) Canterbury, VIC
Crashed  November 18, 1943

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 Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-350. Assigned to No. 32 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 18, 1943 took off piloted by F/Sgt Ronald Cecil Christie and crashed in the Saddle Back Mountains near Kiama, NSW. During December 1943, this Beaufort was officially listed as converted to components and written off.

The wreckage of this aircraft has been left almost untouched and is located on private property near Kiama, NSW.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All five were buried at Camden War Cemetery. Christie at Plot E. Row A. Grave 10. Fanning at Plot E. Row A. Grave 8 James at Plot E. Row A. Grave 9. Sharples at Plot E. Row A. Grave 7. Terrill at Plot E. Row A. Grave 6.

ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-350
CWGC - Ronald Cecil Christie
CWGC - Douglas Reginald James
CWGC - Francis Nelson Fanning
CWGC - Reginald Alfred Sharples
CWGC - Harry Sidney James Terrill

Thanks to Jose Cordoba for additional information

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April 19, 2020

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