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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-660  
RAAF
7 Squadron

Former Assignments
1 Squadron

Pilot  W/Cdr Nigel William Barker, RAAF 260411 (MIA / KIA, BR) Double Bay, NSW
Navigator  F/O Allan Dalglish, RAAF 439416 (MIA / KIA, BR) Leeton, NSW
W/AG  F/O Colin Laidler Chisholm, RAAF 431737 (MIA / KIA, BR) Bendigo, VIC
W/AG  F/O Alfred Vincent Eric Bate, RAAF 431161 (MIA / KIA, BR) East Brighton, VIC
Passenger  F/Sgt William Henry Pratt, RAAF 434897 (MIA / KIA, BR) Preston, VIC
Passenger  F/Sgt Trevor Neil Hay, RAAF 56177 (MIA / KIA, BR) Wagga Wagga, VIC
Passenger  Sgt Reginald Thomas Barter, RAAF 60200 (MIA / KIA, BR) Parramatta, NSW
Passenger  Lt Col Austin George Fentin, MBE, AIF NX484 (MIA / KIA, BR) Beecroft NSW

Crashed  January 28, 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 A9-660. Assigned to 1 Squadron. Later, assigned to 7 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 28, 1945 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby at approximately 07:00 hours escorting  P-40N Kittyhawk A29-649 on a non-operational ferry flight bound for Tadi Airfield, with a stop-over at Lae Airfield, though advised he may change his route after observing the weather and terrain from the air. Nothing further was heard from either aircraft. Both were declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Wreckage
During the early 1960s, the wreckage of this aircraft was located on a mountain ridge northeast of Myola. The remains of the crew were recovered from the crash site.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the crash. After the recovery of remains, the entire crew was buried on August 1, 1961 at Bomana War Cemetery. Barker, Barter, Bate, Fentin, Pratt, Hay and Chisholm in collective grave C8. A. 19-26. Dalglish is buried at C8. A. 23.

References
CWGC - Nigel William Barker
CWGC - Allan Dalglish
CWGC - Colin Laidler Chisholm
CWGC - Alfred Vincent Eric Bate
CWGC - William Henry Pratt
CWGC - Trevor Neil Hay
CWGC - Reginald Thomas Barter
CWGC - Austin George Fentin
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-660
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-660
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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