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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-350  
RAAF
32 Squadron

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Jose Cordoba 2003

Pilot  F/Sgt Ronald Cecil Christie, 410630 (KIA) Malvern, VIC
Navigator  Sgt Douglas Reginald James, 418721 (KIA) Caulfield, VIC
W/AG  Sgt Francis Nelson Fanning, 419465 (KIA) West Coburg, VIC
W/AG  Sgt Reginald Alfred Sharples, 419226 (KIA) West Preston, VIC
Passenger  P/O Harry Sydney James Terrill, 419426 76 Squadron (KIA) Canterbury, VIC

Crashed  November 18, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-350. Assigned to 32 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 18, 1943 took off on a mission, crashed n the Saddle Back Mountains near Kiama, NSW. During December 1943, this Beaufort was converted to components.

Wreckage
The wreckage of this aircraft has been left almost untouched over the years and is located on private property near Kiama, NSW.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All five were buried at Camden War Cemetery. Christie at Plot E. Row A. Grave 10. Fanning at Plot E. Row A. Grave 8 James at Plot E. Row A. Grave 9. Sharples at Plot E. Row A. Grave 7. Terrill at Plot E. Row A. Grave 6

References
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-350
Thanks to Jose Cordoba for additional information

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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