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The Royal Australian Air Force & Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Pacific

Rene J. Francillon, Ph.D

Photo Description

Beaufighter VIC A19-109 "M", from No. 5 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) at Williamtown, N.S.W., on 19 May 1945.
(RAAF Official).

British-built Beaufighter X A19-205, LY-P from No. 30 Squadron.
(via Frank Smith).

Australian-built Beaufighter 21's were characterized by the installation of a Sperry auto-pilot in a fairing in front of the windscreen and the use of four 0.5-in. wing guns instead of six 0.303-in. guns as in the British-built aircraft.
(Australian War Memorial).

Beaufighter 21, A8-42 from No. 22 Squadron, Morotai, 1945.
(via Al Bovelt).

A8-95, a D.A.P. Beaufighter 21, fitted with R.P. rails beneath the outer wing panels.
(Australian War Memorial).

Beaufighter 21—A8-84, LY-R—from No. 30 Squadron on patrol off Morotai Island in 1945.
(via Frank Smith).

A8-151,a Beaufighter 21 from No. 31 Squadron, with R.P. installation.
(Australian War Memorial).

No. 93 Squadron - to which belonged A8-85 which was photographed at Kingaroy, Qld., in April 1945 - only flew two operational missions prior to war's end.
(via Frank Smith).

A9-66, a Beaufort VI, and A9-102, a Beaufort VII, from No. 1 O.T.U. based at East Sale, Victoria, in 1943.
(via Frank Smith).

Beaufort VIM, A9-292, from No. 1 O.T.U. after a prang at East Sale, Victoria, in 1944.
(via Al Bovelt).

Beauforts from No. 8 Squadron. Note that bombs beneath wings are fitted with long protruding rod which caused bombs to explode above the ground to increase their effectiveness against enemy troop concentration.
(Australian War Memorial).

Beaufort VIM, A9-200, at No. 1 A.R.D.U. (Aircraft Research and Development Unit) Laverton, in 1944. Note U.S. Mk. XIM torpedo slung beneath the fuselage.
(via Frank Smith).

Beaufort VIII's from No. 8 Squadron at Tadji, New Guinea, in 1944.
(Australian War Memorial).

Aircraft from No. 100 Squadron preparing for take-off in New Guinea.
(Australian War Memorial).

A9-418, a Beaufort VIM from No. 100 Squadron, off the coast of New Britain in 1945.
(Australian War Memorial).

Beaufort VII, A9-124, from No. 7 Squadron at Ross River, Qld (Queensland).
(via Frank Smith).

DD-W, the 500th Australian-built Beaufort, serving with No. 15 Squadron at Tadji, New Guinea, in 1944.
(via Frank Smith).

A9-730, one of forty-six Beaufort IX transports modified from Beaufort VII i airframes by the Essendon Repair and Modification Centre, photographed at Amberley, Qld., in 1945.
(via Frank Smith).


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