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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-622  
100 Squadron

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Justin Taylan 2003

Pilot  F/O Arthur William Orman, 433001 (KIA, BR) Tamworth, NSW
Crew  F/Sgt John Albert Chellew, 433893 (KIA, BR) Young, NSW
Crew  W/O Cedric Ernest Hall, 427321 (KIA, BR) Lawley, WA
Crew  F/Sgt William Henry Halyard, 439585 (KIA, BR) Kogarah, NSW

Crashed  September 3, 1945

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 A9-622. Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 3, 1945 took off from Tadji Airfield on a mission to drop surrender leaflets over suspected Japanese positions west of Wewak. Crashed and burned near Matapau. The entire crew was killed in the crash. and were buried at Matapau four days later.

Recovery of Remains
Four days after the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered from the crash site and were buried at Matapau. The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Afterwards, the remains of the crew were exhumed and transported to Lae for permanent burial.

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. Orman at GG. C. 7. Chellew at GG. C. 6. Hall at GG. B. 6. Halyard at DD. D. 15.

Parts of this aircraft, including the complete tail fin and rudder were recovered by Robert Greinert / HARS in 2000, and used in the restoration of Beaufort A9-557.

Justin Taylan visited the site in 2003:
"Locals recall that the plane crashed in bad weather. The crash was discovered the following day, when a local women found her dog at the site, that found the remains of one of the crew members."

ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-622

CWGC - Arthur William Orman
CWGC - John Albert Chellew
CWGC - Cedric Ernest Hall
CWGC - William Henry Halyard
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-622

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Last Updated
May 13, 2018


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