FORCED LANDING OF A BEAUFORT AT
BOHLE RIVER AIRFIELD
ON 22 AUGUST 1942

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Beaufort A9-54 (#T9606) "Malay Mascot" of 100 Squadron RAAF made a forced landing at Bohle River Airfield near Townsville on 22 August 1942.

The aircraft was subsequently repaired and made another forced landing 100 yards into the sea off the southern end of Lae Airfield in New Guinea on 16 November 1944. The nose art on the aircraft at that time comprised a winged dog and a statement in Malay below it "Kita Bikin Ayer Sama Tojo" which loosely translated to "We piss on the Japs". "Smokey" Douglas was the regular pilot of this aircraft.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Song of the Beauforts"
by Colin M. King

 

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