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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-377  
RAAF
7 Squadron

Pilot  FSGT John William Bracken, 423608 (KIA, BR) Roseville, NSW
Navigator  FSGT Andrew Frank, 427618 (KIA, BR) Narrogin, WA
WAG  FLGOFF Thomas Albert Charles Daymond, 429762 (KIA, BR) Kalgoorlie, WA
WAG  FLGOFF Lionel Ernest James Parkes, 413323 (KIA, BR) Armidale, NSW

Crashed  July 2, 1944


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

Wartime History
During July 1943 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-377. Assigned to 7 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 2, 1944 crashed two miles east of Bamaga Airfield (Higgins Field). The entire crew was killed in the crash.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All were buried at Townsville War Cemetery. Bracken at E.D.12. Frank at E.D.8. Daymond at E.D.13. Parkes at E.D.9.

References
CWGC - John William Bracken
CWGC - Andrew Frank
CWGC - Thomas Albert Charles Daymond
CWGC - Lionel Ernest James Parkes
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-377
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-377

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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