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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-362  
100 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Charles Stuart Walsh, 406065 (survived) Southern Cross, WA
Observer  F/O William Ernest Henry, 403740 (survived) Woonona, NSW
WAG  F/O John Campbell Guthrie, 413857 (survived) St. Kilda, VIC
WAG  P/O Jeffrey Ernest Barton, 410216
(survived) Adelaide, SA
Crash Landed  September 5, 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 A9-362. Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 5, 1943 took off from Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island at 5:20am piloted by F/O Charles Stuart Walsh as one of ten on a bombing and strafing mission against Gasmata Airfield. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and was damaged including a tire being shot away.

Returning, this Beaufort crash landed at Vivigani Airfield at 8:22am. None of the crew were injured during the mission or in the landing. Heavily damaged, this Beaufort was deemed to be not repairable.

Afterwards, written off and converted to components.

WW2 Nominal Roll - Charles Stuart Walsh
WW2 Nominal Roll - William Ernest Henry
WW2 Nominal Roll - John Campbell Guthrie
WW2 Nominal Roll - Jeffrey Ernest Barton
NAA RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 100 Squadron Mar 42 - Aug 46 (NAA: A9186, 123) page 225
"5/Sept/43 Strike against Gasmata - Ten aircraft from this squadron. Three Beauforts failed to return. Two seen to be hit by enemy A.A. fire and crash. Fire and smoke observed about 7 miles N.E. Gasmata assumed to be the third. Details of missing aircraft and the crews which are posted 'Missing, Believed killed' are:
A9-374 F/Lt R. H. Woolacott [sic Woollacott] pilot
A9-183 F/O R. B. Anderson pilot
A9-186 F/Sgt C. B. Wiggins pilot
A9-362 was damaged by enemy A.A. fire and ground looped and crashed on landing at Goodenough due to tyre being shot away. The aircraft was not repairable and was converted to component parts. Crew, none of whom were injured, comprised: F/O. C. S. Walsh pilot."
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-362

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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