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  Brewster Buffalo Serial Number A51-6  
RAAF
1 PRU

Former Assignments
NEIAF
1 AD

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RAAF August 23, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Brewster Aeronautical Corporation as a model B.339-23. Constructors Number 386. This aircraft was intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as Buffalo serial number B-3186 and painted in Dutch markings. Assigned to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) with a "NX" test number. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
During March 1942, one of seventeen Buffalos transfered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Buffalo serial number A51-6. While still crated, this aircraft was transported to Essendon Airfield and assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD) and reassembled by Ansett Airways inside Hangar 3. Used in flight testing loaded to the approximate weight of a A6M2 Zero against Boomerang A46-1.

On June 15, 1942 assigned to 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (1 PRU). Modified with armor plate and guns removed and had 3 x F24 cameras and an auxiliary fuel tank installed. This aircraft operated from Hughes Field (30 Mile) south of Darwin.

On August 23, 1942 while parked at Hughes Field (30 Mile) destroyed during a Japanese bombing raid by G4M1 Bettys. Afterwards, the burned wreckage of this Buffalo was photographed with only the engine, propeller and tail section with the fabric missing.

References
ADF Serials - Buffalo A51-6 destroyed 10/29/42 [sic]

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August 21, 2021

 

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