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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic Serial Number A19-15 Code O
RAAF
5 OTU

Former Assignments
2 AD
30 Squadron
5 AD

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RAAF c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Bristol. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number T4945. Shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter A19-15. On May 4, 1942 reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On July 20, 192 assigned to 30 Squadron with code "O". No known nickname. Nose art of a shield was painted on the nose. Assigned to pilot FLGOFF Brazenor and navigator Sgt Anderson based at Richmond Airfield.

On July 26, 1942 took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by F/O Brazenor along with A19-2, A19-14 and A19-49 on a formation and gunnery training mission that lasted 6 hours 15 minutes. On July 27, 1942 took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by F/O Brazenor with A19-14 on a navigation mission that lasted seven hours. On July 28, 1942 took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by F/O Brazenor on a seven hour navigation training mission and returned. A second navigation training and return was four hours. On July 30, 1942 took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by F/O Brazenor on another navigation mission. That same day took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by F/O Brazenor on a gunnery training mission with A19-2, A19-49 and A19-37 that lasted 4 hours, 5 minutes. On July 31, 1942 took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by F/O Brazenor on a formation and gunnery mission with A19-37 that lasted 2 hours, 35 minutes. On August 1, 1942 took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by F/O Brazenor on a night flying training mission with A19-2 and A19-33 for 9 hours, 55 minutes.

On August 18, 1942 one of 24 Beaufighters flown from Richmond Airfield to Bohl River Airfield for operational training.

On September 12, 1942 flown to Wards Drome (5 Mile Drome) near Port Moresby.

On November 17, 1942 took off from Wards Drome on mission against Lae Airfield and claimed two Ki-21 Sallys [sic] and four Zeros destroyed on the ground.

On November 21, 1942 took off from Wards Drome on mission against Lae Airfield over the target, hit in the tail wheel by gunfire from a Zero.

On January 10, 1943 one of three Beaufighters that took off from Wards Drome on on mission "WAR.27" (Wards Drome mission #27) at 8:45am piloted by FO Bob Brazenor (Ballarat, VIC) with navigator FSgt Fred Anderson, (Sydney, NSW) to perform a fighter sweep over the north coast of New Guinea between the mouth of the Amboga River to Salamaua. The other two aircraft were Beaufighter A19-9 and Beaufighter A19-48. Over the north coast, on a beach north of Mambare spotted an American 1st Lt Jack L. Childers, co-pilot of B-26 "Yeah!" 40-1421 who had written in the sand: "Shoes, maps, food, matches". The Beaufighters dropped food, a medical kit, and a map with the message: "You are one hour's walk from the Japanese. An enemy patrol is close at hand.". Aboard this aircraft, Anderson dropped the American his flight boots.

On July 12, 1943 fractures were discovered in the fuselage. On July 27, 1943 transfered to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) for repairs. On September 14, 1943 assigned to 5 OTU (5 OTU).

On October 16, 1943 suffered a hydraulic failure and made a belly landing at Williamtown Airfield. Afterwards, this Beaufighter was salvaged by 5 Operational Training Unit (5 OTU) and used as instructional airframe no. 4.

On September 11, 1947 assigned to Department of Aircraft Production (DAP). Finally, on November 16, 1949 disposed by DAP. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
RAAF No. 30 Squadron, RAAF - Details of the Work Carried - A19-15 July 28, 1942 (NAA: A9186, 59 page 24-26)
RAAF No. 30 Squadron, RAAF - Unit History Sheet Details of Operations January 9-10, 1943
Beaufighters In The Pacific pages 17-18, 107
RAAF Camouflage & Markings 1939-1945 Volumes 1 & 2 page 63
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-15
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-15 Photo Album

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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May 3, 2016

 

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