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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic Serial Number A19-47  
31 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Francis Joseph Gardiner, 407575 (MIA / KIA) South Broken Hill, NSW
Navigator  F/O Lewis John Lyne, 13986 (MIA / KIA) Carlton, VIC

Crashed  August 21, 1943

Mission History
On August 21, 1943 one of seven Beaufighters that took off on a strike mission against Taberfane Seaplane Base.

During the strike, Beaufighter A19-63 and Beaufighter A19-47 made a converging attack, diving from 2,500' on a biplane type floatplane (F1M2 Pete) which had just become airborne. The starboard wing of A19-63 collided with the port wing of Beaufighter A19-47. Both wings broke off and engines caught fire, with both aircraft crashing into the sea in flames approximately 3,000' - 4,000' from Taberfane village.

Postwar Search
In 1946, F/Lt O'Shea of the RAAF Searcher Party reported:
"No definite news either of these aircraft - Native report that Australian aircraft crashed into bay at Taberfane date unknown may refer to [these] aircraft."

All crew members are listed on the Ambon Memorial as having "No Known Grave" Gardiner on panel 7. Lyne on panel 8.

ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-47

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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