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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII (Mark IX) Serial Number A9-235 (A9-717)  
RAAF
100 Squadron

Former assignments
12 LASU
8 Squadron

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AWM August 1945

Aircraft History
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII A9-235. Assigned to 8 Squadron. On January 15, 1945, converted to a Beaufort Mark IX and renumbered as Beaufort A9-717. Assigned to 12 LASU and later 100 Squadron. Coded R. No known nickname or nose art.

This Beaufort operated at Piva North (Piva Uncle, Piva 1) on Bougainville. At the end of the war, one of four Beaufort was painted with "Japan Surrendered" (in kanji) on the lower wing surface on a white background. This aircraft was flown low over Japanese positions by 10 LASU.

Postwar
Afterwards, this Beaufort returned to Australia. Placed into storage on April 30, 1946 at Tocumwal Airfield. Later to Wagga Wagga Airfield awaiting disposal until at least 1947.

Only the hull was sold to T Carr & Company. The Instruments, fitting gear and undercarriage sold to Hughes Trading Company. The rest of the aircraft was scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-235 and ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-717
AWM photos 095028, 095029, OG3265, OG3268, OG3270 Beaufort coded K
AWM F01634 "Japanese envoys meet Australians" includes footage of Beaufort coded K at 0:29-0:57

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Last Updated
May 13, 2018

 

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