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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-636  
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8 Communication Unit

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John Guerrant 1991

Pilot  FLTLT Peter Philip Adrian Hopton, 416024 (survived) Burra, SA
Crew  FLTLT Kervyn Charles Beeton, 407162 (survived) Mount Lofty, SA
Crew  W/O John Gerald Hunt, 410894 (survived) Lang Lang, VIC
Crew  LAC George Helier Leonard Morrison, 121318 (survived)
Navigator  P/O John Lawrence Adams, 426855 (WIA, died March 23, 1945) Herberton, QLD
Passenger  LAC Charles Bernard Muller, 420701 (KIA, BR) Vaucluse, NSW

Crashed  March 9, 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 A9-636. Assigned to No. 8 Communication Unit (8 CU). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 9, 1945 took off from Goroka Airfield and crashed two miles from the airfield. During the crash, Muller was killed and Adams was injured and died of his injuries on March 23, 1945. During May 1945 converted to components and abandoned.

Memorials
Muller was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Adams died of his injuries on March 23, 1945. After their remains were recovered both were buried at Lae War Cemetery. Adams at J. B. 12. Muller at J. B. 11.

References
WW2 Nominal Roll - Peter Philip Adrian Hopton
WW2 Nominal Roll - Kervyn Charles Beeton
WW2 Nominal Roll - John Gerald Hunt
WW2 Nominal Roll - George Helier Leonard Morrison
CWGC - John Lawrence Adams
CWGC - Charles Bernard Muller
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-636
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-636

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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