Built by Brewster as a model B.339-23. Constructors Number 386. This aircraft was intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) and assigned NEIAF serial number B-3186 and painted in Dutch markings. Assigned to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) with a "NX" test number. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
During March 1942, one of seventeen Buffalos transfered to the
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Buffalo serial number A51-6. While still crated, this aircraft was transported to Essendon Airfield and assigned to 1 AD and assembled by Ansett Airways at Hangar 3. Used in testing loaded to the approximate weight of a Zero against Boomerang A46-1.
On June 15, 1942 assigned to 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (1 PRU). Modified with armor plate and guns removed and had 3 x F24 cameras and an auxiliary fuel tank installed. This aircraft operated from Hughes Field (30 Mile) south of Darwin.
On August 23, 1942 while parked on the ground at Hughes Field (30 Mile) this aircraft was destroyed during a Japanese bombing raid by G4M1 Betty bombers.
ADF Serials - Buffalo A51-6 incorrectly states destroyed date as 10/29/42
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January 9, 2018