BEAUFIGHTER ACCIDENT
AT POINT STUART, NT
IN ABOUT JUNE 1943

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The records of 4 RSU show that they carried out salvage operations on Mark IC Beaufighter, A19-70 (RAF Serial No. T5098) of 31 Squadron RAAF from Point Stuart, in the Northern Territory in June 1943 and then they carried out a 40 hour inspection on this aircraft, also in June 1943.

Later on, Beaufighter, A19-70, piloted by Mr. Mann, made a forced landing in a swamp at Blyth River near Millingimbi in the Northern Territory on 17 September 1943.

This aircraft had been delivered to the RAAF in October 1942.

After the 17 September 1943 accident, it was salvaged by 4 RSU and "Written Off" by 5AD and converted to components

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I would like to thank Phil Herdman of the Arnhem Land Historical Society for details on the above incident.

 

REFERENCE BOOK
"Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito - In Australian Service"
By Stewart Wilson

"Restore to Service - Unit History 4 RSU-482 Maintenance Squadron"
By Walter Venn

 

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