|Pilot Flt Lt Enoch H. Brockhouse, 400218 (survived) Melbourne, VIC
Crashed March 18, 1945
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
During November 1943 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-501. Assigned to 1 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 18, 1945 took off piloted by Flt Lt Brockhouse on a flight. While attempting to land at Gove Airfield (Nhulunbuy), this bomber crashed on landing. None of the crew were hurt in the crash.
On March 29, 1945, converted to components and abandoned at the airfield. Until the late 1960s, this bomber remained in situ at the airfield.
During 2002, the nose was being restored by the Beaufort Restoration Group (BRG) for the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre (Darwin Aviation Museum). Parts of this bomber were used in the restoration of Beaufort A9-141.
Ralph Cusack / Beaufort Restoration Group adds in 2002:
rear fuselage (as it is straight but very corroded) is being used to
the jig for rebuilding Beaufort A9-141 that had a bent rear fuselage. Stringers and
frames from this aircraft also might be used in the restoration too. After everything
else is done, we may restore the turret section of 501 for a museum."
WW2 Nominal Roll - Enoch Harry Brockhouse
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-501
Oz@War - Crash of a Beaufort at Grove, NT on 18 August 1945
Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito - In Australian Service - Beaufort A9-501
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February 4, 2018