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8 Communication Unit
John Guerrant 1991
|Pilot FLTLT Peter Philip Adrian Hopton, 416024 (survived) Burra, SA
Crew FLTLT Kervyn Charles Beeton, 407162 (survived) Mount Lofty, SA
Crew W/O John Gerald Hunt, 410894 (survived) Lang Lang, VIC
Crew LAC George Helier Leonard Morrison, 121318 (survived)
Navigator P/O John Lawrence Adams, 426855 (WIA, died March 23, 1945) Herberton, QLD
Passenger LAC Charles Bernard Muller, 420701 (KIA, BR) Vaucluse, NSW
Crashed March 9, 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 A9-636.
Assigned to No. 8 Communication Unit (8 CU). No known nickname or nose art.
On March 9, 1945 took off from Goroka Airfield piloted by FLTLT Peter P. A. Hopton and crashed two miles away. On impact, passenger Muller was killed and navigator Adams was injured and died of his injuries on March 23, 1945. The rest of the crew survived the crash. During May 1945 officially converted to components and written off.
Muller was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Adams died of his injuries on March 23, 1945. After their remains were recovered both were buried at Lae War Cemetery. Adams at J. B. 12. Muller at J. B. 11.
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-636
WW2 Nominal Roll - Peter Philip Adrian Hopton
WW2 Nominal Roll - Kervyn Charles Beeton
WW2 Nominal Roll - John Gerald Hunt
WW2 Nominal Roll - George Helier Leonard Morrison
CWGC - John Lawrence Adams
CWGC - Charles Bernard Muller
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