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  DAP Beaufort Mark V Serial Number A9-13 Code FX-B
RAAF
8 Comm Unit

Former Assignments
100 Squadron
1 OTU

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Justin Taylan 2003

Aircraft History
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number T9552.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark V serial number A9-13. During December 1941, assigned to 100 Squadron without armament and flown with other 100 Squadron Beauforts to Singapore. This aircraft returned to Australia before the fall of Singapore.

Next, assigned to with 1 OTU with code FX-B. Operated from Bairnsdale Airfield and East Sale Airfield in Australia. Later, assigned to 8 Communications Unit in New Guinea. Abandoned at Tadji Airfield.

Wreckage
Remained in situ at Tadji Airfield until 1974.

Recovered in 1974 during the salvage operation funded by David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air Force (MARC). Loaded onto a barge and shipped to Lae. Instead of going to the United States, it was acquired by Monty Armstrong and shipped to New Zealand. Privately purchased and shipped to Australia.


Displayed as component parts at the Australian Army Museum of Flying, at Oakey Airfield, it is partially restored using the cockpit section of Beaufort A9-210.

Display
As of May 2014, this Beaufort was relocated to the Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin, Victoria.

References
Australian National Aviation Museum - Beaufort A9-13 Restoration
Australian National Aviation Museum - DAP (Bristol) Beaufort MK V A9-13 / T9552
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-13

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Last Updated
May 13, 2018

 

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