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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-650  
RAAF
100 Squadron

Former Assignments
1 Squadron

Pilot  FLTLT Harry John Fowler, 415636 (MIA / KIA, BR) Cottesloe, WA
Crew  FLTLT Francis Owen Smith, 422062 (MIA / KIA, BR) Kempsey, NSW
Crew  FLTLT John William Shipman, 422085 (MIA / KIA, BR) Bexley, NSW
Crew  FLGOFF Arthur Geoffrey Waite, 406817 (MIA / KIA, BR) Bullsbrook, WA

Crashed  March 13, 1945


Crew History
Previously, the entire crew survived a crash landing Tadji Airfield in Beaufort A9-557 on January 20, 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 A9-650. Assigned to 1 Squadron. Later assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On March 13, 1945 took off Tadji Airfield on a bombing mission against Maprik. After dropping their 100 pound bombs over the target, a faulty fuse prematurely detonated exploding under the aircraft and caused it to crash.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, all were buried at Lae War Cemetery. Shipman and Fowler are buried in joint grave NN. B. 2-3. Owen is buried at KK. C. 13. Waite at KK. C. 12.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-650
CWGC - Harry John Fowler
CWGC - Francis Owen Smith
CWGC - John William Shipman
CWGC - Arthur Geoffrey Waite
RAAFDB - DAP Beaufort Mk. VIII A9-650

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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