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  DAP Beaufort Mark VII Serial Number A9-141 Code KT-W
RAAF
5 OTU

Former Assignments
1 OTU
7 Squadron
14 Squardon

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Ray Mudway 2002

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BRG 2002

Aircraft History
Built by DAP in Australia. Assigned to the RAAF with serial number A9-141, coded VH-KTW. Assigned to 14 Squadron, 7 Squadron, 1 OTU and 5 OTU.

Wartime History
During 1943, Flt/Lt John Lempke was awarded a DFC flying A9-141 over New Guinea.

Mission History
On January 14, 1944 ground looped Tocumwal Airfield. Afterwards, converted to components.

Wreckage
Recovered from Tocumwal Airfield.

Restoration
This aircraft is under restoration by Beaufort Restoration Group (BRG). When completed, it will be the only complete and the only flying example anywhere in the world. Beaufort parts salvaged from Goodenough and other locations in Papua New Guinea are being used in the restoration.

Ralph Cusack adds in early 2002:
"The nose and cockpit were 90% restored. During February 2002, the nose and tail sections were completed (apart from fabric covering) and the wing center-section well on the way.  We're half way thru building the jig for the rear-fuselage using Beaufort A9-501 (as it's not bent just corroded). Before 141 is put in it for a total rebuild to flying status, we will do some repair work on the Australian War Memorials fuselage Beaufort A9-557. We are also restoring the undercarriage units for AWM and to keep funds coming in we will continually need to take on other projects. 141's wing centre-section is well on the way to being completed sheet- metal wise and we're starting on the control tubes for the throttles in the leading-edges etc. Also recieved a complete Beaufort fin [salvaged from Beaufort A9-622 by Robert Greinert]. This part was used to rebuild the top of  141's fin and rudder to an accurate profile."

References
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-141
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-141 Photo Archive

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Last Updated
January 1, 2014

 

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