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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-625  
RAAF
100 Squadron

Pilot  S/L Philip Alexander Dey, 402853 (MIA / KIA) North Sydney, NSW
Navigator  PLTOFF Stuart Lindsay Lloyd 416868 (MIA / KIA) Semaphore, SA
WAG  FLTSGT Clifford Newby Tonge 433966 (MIA / KIA) Sans Souci, NSW
WAG 
FLTSGT Gordon Arthur Peatfield 433741 (MIA / KIA) Kogarah, NSW
Crashed  March 16, 1945

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

Wartime History
During March 1944 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-625. On March 26, 1944 assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On June 2, 1944 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) for storage then on August 4, 1944 to 15 Aircraft Repair Depot (15 ARD) as part of the reserve pool. On September 12, 1944 assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 16, 1945 took off from Tadji Airfield on a mission. This aircraft exploded midair near But Airfield with the tail section landing on Kauk Plantation. When it failed to return, the entire crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
During early 1946, a RAAF Searcher Team led by S/L Keith Rundle unsuccessfully searched the area of the explosion but failed to find the wreckage of this aircraft or any trace of the crew.

Wreckage
During July 1946, the tail of this Beaufort was located on Kauk Plantation by an Australian War Graves Unit led by Lieutenant Colonel Houghton. No remains of the crew were located.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at Lae War Cemetery at the Lae Memorial. Dey and Lloyd on panel 6. Tonge and Peatfield on panel 7.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-625

CWGC - Philip Alexander Dey
CWGC - Stuart Lindsay Lloyd
CWGC - Clifford Newby Tonge
CWGC - Gordon Arthur Peatfield
Aviation Heritage - Beaufort A9-625

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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