CRASH OF A BEAUFORT
10 MILES OFFSHORE JERVIS BAY, NSW
ON 25 MAY 1943

 

On 25 May 1943, Beaufort A9-115 of Base Torpedo Unit BTU crashed into the sea 10 miles off shore between Beecroft and St. Georges Heads off Jervis Bay. There were three fatal casualties as follows:-

Warrant Officer Irwin Bruce Watson (406416)
Sgt. James Evans (406883)
Sgt. Geoffrey Walter Parker (415439)

The other crew member was:-

Sgt. John Perrin (406869) - dangerously injured - Pneumo-Thorax surgical. Emphysema, deep lacerations of scalp, broken ribs

The Beaufort was taking evasive action during torpedo attack exercises when the crash occurred.

Wing Commander Allan and Flight Lieutenant Byrne visited RAAF Station, Nowra on 26 May 1943 to investigate the Beaufort accident. On 30 May 1943, Squadron Leader R. Little, DFC from 5 OTU, arrived by aircraft at RAAF Station, Nowra to act as the President of a Court of Inquiry into the crash of Beaufort A9-115.

 

REFERENCES

RAAF Station Nowra ORB

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Bob Livingstone for his assistance with this web page.

 

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