Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-625  
100 Squadron

Pilot  S/L Philip Alexander Dey, 402853 (MIA / KIA) North Sydney, NSW
Navigator  PLTOFF Stuart Lindsay Lloyd 416868 (MIA / KIA) Semaphore, SA
WAG  FLTSGT Clifford Newby Tonge 433966 (MIA / KIA) Sans Souci, NSW
WAG  FLTSGT Gordon Arthur Peatfield 433741 (MIA / KIA) Kogarah, NSW
Crashed  March 16, 1945

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

Wartime History
During March 1944 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-625. On March 26, 1944 assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On June 2, 1944 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) for storage then on August 4, 1944 to 15 Aircraft Repair Depot (15 ARD) as part of the reserve pool. On September 12, 1944 assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 16, 1945 took off from Tadji Airfield piloted by S/L Philip Alexander Dey on a mission. Near But Airfield, this bomber exploded in midair with the tail section landing on Kauk Plantation. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

During early 1946, a RAAF Searcher Team led by S/L Keith Rundle unsuccessfully searched the area of the explosion but failed to find the wreckage of this aircraft or any trace of the crew.

During July 1946, the tail of this Beaufort was located on Kauk Plantation by an Australian War Graves Unit led by Lieutenant Colonel Houghton. No remains of the crew were located.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at Lae War Cemetery at the Lae Memorial. Dey and Lloyd on panel 6. Tonge and Peatfield on panel 7.

ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-625

CWGC - Philip Alexander Dey
CWGC - Stuart Lindsay Lloyd
CWGC - Clifford Newby Tonge
CWGC - Gordon Arthur Peatfield
Aviation Heritage - Beaufort A9-625

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
March 14, 2020


Tech Info

4 Missing
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram