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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic Serial Number A19-36 Code S
RAAF
5 OTU

Former Assignments
2 AP
2 AD
15 RSU
3 AD
5 AD
31 Squadron
30 Squadron

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RAAF Nov 22, 1942

Pilot  F/O Norman Lewis Parker, 29099 (KIA, BR) Geraldton, WA
Navigator  Sgt Neville Martin Tyack (KIA, BR) Caulfield, VIC

Crashed  November 10, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Bristol in the United Kingdom. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number T5000. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter serial number A19-36. Assigned to 2 AP on April 27, 1942. Next, on July 13, 1942 to 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On August 4, 1942 assigned to 30 Squadron. Coded "S". No known nickname or nose art. Operated from Wards Drome (5 Mile) near Port Moresby.

On November 22, 1942, took off from Wards Drome (5 Mile) on a combat mission piloted by W/O Edwin Gwynne Hughes and navigator Sgt W. D. "Bill" Keller. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire that damaged the hydraulic system and caused it to force landed with undercarriage retracted. Neither of the crew were hurt.

Afterwards assigned to 15 RSU on November 26, 1942 and 3 AD on December 16, 1943 for extensive repairs. On October 11, 1943 returned to 30 Squadron. On November 21 damaged by anti-aircraft fire in the lower fuselage and flaps. On November 24, repaired by 14 ARD then to 31 Squadron on May 20, 1943. Afterwards to 5 AD on May 29, 1943 and 5 OTU on April 28, 1944.

Mission History
On November 10, 1944 took off on a training mission. During the flight, collided with Beaufighter A19-194 and crashed into the sea roughly fourteen miles south of Evans Head, New South Wales in Australia.

Wreckage
Some fuselage and other parts were washed ashore and some were used for spares parts on other aircraft, including pieces of the tail section. The remains of the crew were recovered.

Restoration
The tail section of this aircraft is being used in the restoration of Beaufighter A19-144.

Memorials
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, both crew were buried at Evans Head War Cemetery. Parker at Plot B. Row B. Grave 6. Tyack at Plot B. Row B. Grave 4.

References
CWGC - Norman Lewis Parker
CWGC -
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-36
RAAFDB - Beaufighter A19-36
Flightpath Magazine Volume 13, Issue 2, page 25

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January 5, 2018

 

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