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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark XIc Serial Number A19-156  
31 Squadron

Pilot  FLGOFF D. B. Strachan (survived) Paddington, NSW
Gunner  FSGT Brassil (survived)

Force Landed  April 6, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Bristol in the United Kingdom. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number JM170. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter serial number A19-156 and reassembled. On November 23, 1943 assigned to 31 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 6, 1944 took off on a mission against Semau Island. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and force landed on Cartier Island south of Semaroe Island. Both crew survived unhurt. Afterwards, they setup one of the machine guns on a coconut palm stump for defense.

That same day, both crew were rescued by Catalina A24-44 that landed at dusk and afterwards took off after dark.

After the rescue, the wreckage of Beaufort A19-156 was strafed by another Beaufighter and destroyed.

WW2 Nominal Roll - David Bryan Frith Strachan
Beaufighters In The Pacific A History of the RAAF Beaufighter Squadrons in the South West Pacific Area page 50

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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