|Pilot Sgt John Robert Duncan, 406777 (survived)
Observer F/O John Adrian Mackay, 408607 (survived)
W/AG Sgt Victor John Jacobsen, 405912 (survived)
W/AG Sgt Norman Bessell Mann, 409271 (survived)
Ditched November 24, 1942 at 5:20pm
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number T9541.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark V serial number A9-2. Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On November 24, 1942 took off from Gurney Field at 11:37am piloted by Sgt John Robert Duncan on a search mission. During a four and half hour flight, the weather consisted of scattered thunderstorms. This Beaufort searched from the "Gona Wreck" (Ayutosen Maru) on an unsucessful search for Japanese vessels. Passing Cape Nelson, the weather deteriorated further and caused the crew to become lost until running out of fuel. At 5:20pm, this Beaufort ditched into the sea with less than 15 gallons of fuel aboard, and made a perfect landing in what they estimated to be water 35' deep.
Fates of the crew
The crew was uninjured in the crash and successfully exited and inflated life raft. After 45 minutes, natives in canoes reached the crew and assisted them to safety, landing at a mission station near Cape Vogel.
With the help of an Australian spotter in the area, a signal was sent to report their crash and rescue. The crew was taken aboard a schooner to Wanigela. From there, they were flown to Port Moresby and then to Gurney Field.
Forced landed in the sea off Cape Vogel. The crew reached shore safely.
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-2
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
"Confirmatory Memorandum A.F.O. 18/E/2 Paragraphs Beaufort A9-2": note, some numbers/names in this document are actually wrong."
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June 29, 2019