|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
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 A9-622. Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
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
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
Justin Taylan visited the site in 2003:
"Locals recall that the
plane crashed in bad weather. The crash was discovered the following
her dog at
that found the
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-622
Arthur William Orman
CWGC - John Albert Chellew
CWGC - Cedric Ernest Hall
CWGC - William Henry Halyard
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-622
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January 5, 2018