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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-518  
RAAF
15 Squadron

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Pilot  FLGOFF William Walker Parker, 415045 (KIA, BR) Glasgow, Scotland
Observer  
WOFF James Alexander Chapman, 410544 (KIA, BR) Warrnambool, VIC
WAG  WOFF Ronald Eardley Douch, 412499 (KIA, BR) Willoughby, NSW
WAG  FLGOFF Keith Gillan, 401749 (KIA, BR) Yea, VIC
Passenger  Lt. Col Alan Binnie, NX12184 (KIA, BR) 2 Air Liaison Group, Headquarters

MIA  March 25, 1945


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

Wartime History
On November 29, 1943 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-518. On February 9, 1944 assigned to 15 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 25, 1945 took off on an armed reconnaissance mission near Wewak and crashed near the Murik Lakes.

Wreckage
During 1946, this crash site was found and remains were recovered.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the entire crew was buried at Lae War Cemetery. Parker, Gillan and Douch in collective grave N. A. 12-14. Chapman at N. A. 9. Douch. Binnie at N. A. 10.

References
CWGC - William Walker Parker
CWGC - James Alexander Chapman
CWGC - Ronald Eardley Douch
CWGC - Keith Gillan
CWGC - Alan Binnie
WW2 Nominal Roll - William Walker Parker
WW2 Nominal Roll - James Alexander Chapman
WW2 Nominal Roll - Ronald Eardley Douch
WW2 Nominal Roll - Keith Gillan
WW2 Nominal Rol - Alan Binnie
AFD Serials - Beaufort A9-518 lists target as Madang and passenger Lt Col Alan Binney [sic]
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-518
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
May 13, 2018

 

Tech Info
Beaufort

MIA
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4 Missing
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