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 A9-226. Assigned to 8 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On October 9, 1943 damaged by bomb splinters while parked in a revetment at Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island. Afterwards, written off and converted to components during November 1943.
This Beaufort remained in situ until the 1970s. The rear fuselage was removed by an unknown person. Cockpit
and center section was recovered from Vivigani in 1974 by Charles Darby for MARC. Since then, Beaufort Restoration
Group owns the cockpit / nose
section which they hope to restore as a museum exhibit.
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-226
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 64 (middle)
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May 13, 2018