Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-637. Assigned to 7 Squadron with code KT-B. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 8, 1945 took off on a mission. Returning, this Beaufort force landed with the landing gear retracted at Tadji Airfield. The crew was unhurt in the landing. Afterwards, written off due to damage sustained in the landing. Officially, converted to components during April 1945.
Abandoned at Tadji Airfield. During 2000, parts of this aircraft, including the tail rudder were recovered by Robert
Greinert / HARS.
Justin Taylan adds:
"I visited this wreck in 2003, the center section minus the nose section, outer wings and tail section were all that remained."
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-637
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 24 (upper left)
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November 4, 2017