CRASH OF A BEAUFORT
IN NW CORNER OF JERVIS BAY, NSW
ON 11 JANUARY 1944

 

At 0952 hours E.A.S.T. on 11 January 1944, DAP Beaufort Mk VII A9-96 of No. 6 Operational Training Unit RAAF, accidentally hit the water in the north west corner of Jervis Bay in New South Wales during an authorised low formation torpedo training exercise.

The crew members of Beaufort A9-96 were as follows:-

F/O Frank Kingsley Hughes (411144) - Pilot, missing presumed dead
P/O James Taylor (422787), - Navigator, killed
Sgt. ERic James Lovell ($29977), - WOAG, killed
Sgt. Peter Keith Bone (419943), - WOAG, shock and minor lacerations and abrasions \

Another source incorrectly suggests that this crash occurred in November 1944.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Beaufort A9-96, AviationHeritage.org

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1988, Beaufort A9 [Accidents Part 3], A9845, 243.

Wilson, S. 1990 Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service. Weston Creek: Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this web page.

 

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