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  DAP Beaufighter Mark 21 Serial Number A8-328  
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Daniel Leahy 2001

Aircraft History
Built by Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) in Australia.

Wartime History
During August 1945, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter serial number A8-328. On September 9, 1945 assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD).

Postwar
On October 20, 1946 placed into storage at Tocumwal Airfield. On November 10, 1945 converted to a target tow aircraft and reassigned to 1 AD on February 22, 1951, then repainted on October 13, 1952.

On September 17, 1953 assigned to 30 Target Tow Squadron (30 TT Squadron) as a replacement aircraft for Beaufighter A8-352. On September 28, 1955 the right engine was replaced at Richmond Airfield.

On February 3, 1956 flown by pilot FSGT O'Neill and navigator FSGT Quilkey to Tocumwal Airfield and again placed into storage. On November 14, 1956 issued to to Lord Mayor of Melbourne Camp at Portsea.

Restoration
During the early 1960s, restored by the Australian Aircraft Restoration Group (Moorabbin Museum) to static condition. Painted in the markings of Beaufighter A8-39 with fuselage code EH-K painted in white.

Display
This aircraft is displayed at indoors under camouflage netting at Moorabbin Aircraft Museum.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-328
Beaufighters In The Pacific A History of the RAAF Beaufighter Squadrons in the South West Pacific Area pages 77 (photo 1955)

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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