Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VII serial number A9-141. Assigned to 14 Squadron, 7 Squadron, 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU) and 5 Operational Training Unit (5 OTU). Coded VH-KTW. No known nickname or nose art. During 1943, Flt/Lt John Lempke
was awarded a DFC flying Beaufort A9-141 over New Guinea.
On January 14, 1944 this Beaufort ground looped at Tocumwal Airfield. No one was hurt in the crash.
Afterwards, converted to components at Tocumwal Airfield.
On February 7, 2001 registered in Australia as VH-KTW owned by Ralph Cusack. Since the early 2000s, this Beaufort has been under restoration by Beaufort
Restoration Group (BRG). When completed, it will be the only complete and the only flying
example anywhere in the world.
The restoration includes parts from Beaufort A9-501, Beaufort A9-622 plus other Beaufort parts salvaged from Papua New Guinea.
Ralph Cusack Beaufort
Restoration Group (BRG) adds in early 2002:
nose and cockpit were 90% restored. During February 2002, the nose and tail sections were completed (apart from
fabric covering) and the wing center-section well on the way. We're
half way thru building the jig for the rear-fuselage using Beaufort
A9-501 (as it's not bent just corroded). 141's wing centre-section is
well on the way to being completed sheet- metal wise and we're
starting on the control tubes for the throttles in the leading-edges
etc. Also recieved a complete Beaufort fin [salvaged from Beaufort
A9-622 by Robert
Greinert]. This part was used to rebuild the top of 141's fin and rudder to an
We collected the entire aircraft apart from
engines and guns (both salvaged by RAAF) and stolen items like
instruments etc. New parts are limited to things like bomb doors
(none left anywhere), damaged skin, hydraulic and electrical
lines, elastic cable (undercarriage-door retract) , different
wheels/tires (old size tires no longer available).
We have had to make some changes to comply
with modern safety practices like new engine firewalls in stainless
steel, replace the original solid steel engine-mounts with contemporary
1940's rubber-bush type, modern disc brakes (old brakes were
operated!) and the extra hydraulic drives to run the
new systems. The plane will fly in its full original wartime
markings (we have
reserved the civil registration of VH-KTW) we have
the full service history of 141.
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-141
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-141 Photo Archive
Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority - VH-KTW
Ralph Cusack for additional information
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January 9, 2018