|Pilot W/O Ian William "Bill" Adamson, RAAF 428272 (survived) Berwick, VIC
Navigator P/O Clement Charles Martin, RAAF 422603 (survived) Woollahra, NSW
W/AG Cpl Stanley Neil White, RAAF 23878 (survived) West Wyalong, NSW
Passenger P/O John Noel Caddy, RAAF 417048 (survived) Euduna, SA
Passenger LAC Edward Francis Elsley, RAAF 423685 (survived) Quirindi, NSW
Passenger LAC Clarence Plater, RAAF 151787 (survived) Brisbane, QLD
Passenger WO2 James Joseph Eastlake, AIF VX96384 (survived) Ushington, England
Crashed October 10, 1945
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-190. Assigned to 100 Squadron. On the left side of the cockpit was the nose art of a rooster. Later, assigned to 5 Communication Unit. Next to 8 Communication Unit.
On October 10, 1945 took off from Bamaga Airfield (Higgins Field, Jack Jacky, Red Point) on a flight. After flying 120 miles, the left engine cut out and caused it to return to base. After lading at Bamaga Airfield, there was no break pressure and the aircraft ran off the runway. Everyone aboard survived unhurt.
After the crash, this Beaufort was assigned to 10 RSU and converted to components during November 1945. Likely, cut into pieces at this time and stripped of usable parts and equipment removed. To this day, the wreckage of this bomber remains in situ at Bamaga Airfield. Wreckage includes the tail assembly, wings and fuselage.
Beaufort A9 [Accidents Part 7] (NAA: A9845, 247)
AWM Collection Database - Item P00647.028
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-190
WW2 Nominal Roll - I W Adamson
WW2 Nominal Roll - C C Martin
WW2 Nominal Roll - S N White
WW2 Nominal Roll - J N Caddy
WW2 Nominal Roll - E F Elsley
WW2 Nominal Roll - C Plater
WW2 Nominal Roll - J J Eastlake
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
January 5, 2018