CRASH OF BEAUFIGHTER
AT GARBUTT AIRFIELD, TOWNSVILLE, QLD
ON 23 AUGUST 1942

 


Typical Beaufighter

 

Neville Parnell's book "Whispering Death - A History of the RAAF's Beaufighter Squadrons" mentions on page 109 that Bristol Beaufighter Mk1c, A19-54 (T5074) of 30 Squadron RAAF received damage to the lower cowling, tail and rudder during operations on 22 August 1942 (actually 23 August 1942).  As twenty four Beaufighters from 30 Squadron RAAF had only just moved from Richmond Airfield, NSW to Bohle River airfield outside of Townsville on 17 August 1942, I initially assumed that this mishap occurred at the Bohle River airfield. Hereward Dundas-Taylor later advised that this accident occurred at Garbutt Airfield, Townsville on 23 August 1942 as shown in the 30 Squadron Operations Record Book. A19-54 was sent to 7 RSU for repairs on 26 August 1942 and returned to 30 Squadron on 8 July 1943.

A19-54 was originally allocated to 30 Squadron RAAF on 3 August 1942.

 


Photo:- via Hereward Dundas-Taylor

Beaufighter A19-54 at Ward's Strip, New Guinea Circa 1942-43

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Hereward Dundas-Taylor and Matt Sloan for their assistance with this web page.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Whispering Death - A History of the RAAF's Beaufighter Squadrons"
By Neville Parnell

"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone

 

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