Bristol Beaufighter / DAP Beaufighter
Twin engine fighter/bomber was
fast, heavily armed and armored and was constructed from the tail of a Beaufort.
Many Beaufighters were exported to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
In the Pacific, used for low level attacks. To the Japanese, the Beaufighter became known
as "The Whispering Death" because of the speed at which one could suddenly
strike and turn for home.
In Australian service, the A19 prefix was used for Bristol built Beaufighters. The A8 prefix was used for Beaufighter Mark 21 aircraft built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP). Used as a front line fighter until 1950.
Mark Ic: A19-1 to A19-72
Mark VIc: A19-73 to A19-136
Mark X: A19-149, A19-150, A19-153 to A19-155, A19-159, A19-162, A19-164 to A19-218
Mark XIc : A19-137 to A19-148, A19-151, A19-152, A19-156 to A19-158, A19-160, A19-161, A19-163
Mark 21 : A8-1 to A8-365
A total of 5,918 were built.