|Pilot FLGOFF D. B. Strachan (survived) Paddington, NSW
Gunner FSGT Brassil (survived)
Force Landed April 6, 1944
Built by Bristol in the United Kingdom. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number JM170. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
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.
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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February 4, 2018