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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-559 Tail QH-F
No. 100 Squadron

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 A9-559. During December 1941 at the start of the Pacific War, this Beaufort was on of the first RAAF bombers to cross the equator on a combat mission against Japan. Assigned to No. 100 Squadron with code QH-F. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 30, 1945 during take off from Tadji Airfield this Beaufort crashed. During May 1945 converted to components and abandoned.

Until 1974, the intact fuselage remained in situ at Tadji Airfield.

During 1974, recovered by Charles Darby and Monty Armstrong on behalf of David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air Force. Afterwards, shipped overseas to the United States and stored at Chino Airport.

Later, sold to RAF Hendon and transported to the United Kingdom. The rear fuselage of this aircraft RF557 (26-10-43) was used in the restoration of Beaufort DD931 at RAF Hendon.

ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-559

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Last Updated
April 13, 2020


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