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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-667  
RAAF
100 Squadron

Pilot  FLTLT Ian Harris Fielding, 409038 (MIA / KIA) Mentone, VIC
Observer  FLGOFF Robert John Fletcher, 428699 (MIA / KIA) Sydney, NSW
WAG  FLGOFF Ernest Richard Negus, 422872 (MIA / KIA) West Leederville, WA
WAG  FLTSGT Robert Lambert, 442351 (MIA / KIA) Glenelg, SA
Passenger  FLGOFF Graham Vass Manger, 401984 (MIA / KIA)

Crashed  April 2, 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 A9-667. Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 2, 1945 took off from Tadji Airfield for a bombing mission against enemy positions south of the Torrecelli Mountains. Shortly after takeoff, collided mid-air with Beaufort A9-493. Both Beauforts crashed into the sea, exploded into a sheet of flames, killing the both crews.

Search
Australian Army units immediately sent four boats to the scene of the crash. When they arrived, the fire had ceased and debris was found in the water, but there were no sign of any survivors.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at the Lae Memorial in Lae War Cemetery. Fielding, Fletcher, Negus and Manger on panel 6. Lambert on panel 7.

References
RAAF Searcher Team - Beaufort A9-493
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-667
CWGC - G. V. Manger
CWGC - R. Lambert
CWGC - E. R. Negus
CWGC - R. J. Fletcher
CWGC - I. H. Fielding

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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