Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-559. During December 1941, this Beaufort was one of the first RAAF bombers to cross the equator on a combat
mission. Assigned to 100 Squadron with code QH-F. No known nickname or nose art.
On April 30, 1945 crashed on take off from Tadji Airfield. During May 1945 converted to components and abandoned.
Until 1974, the intact fuselage remained in situ at Tadji Airfield.
During 1974, recovered by Charles Darby and Monty Armstrong on behalf of David Tallichet / Yesterday's Air Force. Afterwards, shipped overseas to the United States and stored at Chino Airport.
Later, sold to RAF Hendon and transported to the United Kingdom. The rear fuselage of this aircraft RF557 (26-10-43) was used in the restoration of Beaufort
at RAF Hendon.
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-559
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May 13, 2018