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Bristol Beaufort

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, PB-1406, MIKAN No. 3225024)
Bristol Beaufort Mk. I (Serial No. N1030), coded N, No. 149 (Torpedo Bomber) Squadron, RCAF, on patrol over Patricia bay, British Columbia, 18 June 1943.

The Bristol Beaufort Type 152 was a British twin-engined torpedo bomber. At least 1,180 Beauforts were built by Bristol and other British manufacturers. Beauforts first saw service with RAF Coastal Command and then the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm from 1940. They were used as torpedo bombers, conventional bombers and mine-layers until 1942, when they were removed from active service and were then used as trainer aircraft until being declared obsolete in 1945.

Although it was designed as a torpedo-bomber, the Beaufort was more often used as a medium day bomber. The Beaufort also flew more hours in training than on operational missions and more were lost through accidents and mechanical failures than were lost to enemy fire. The Beaufort was adapted as a long-range heavy fighter variant called the Beaufighter, which proved to be very successful and many Beaufort units eventually converted to the Beaufighter.

No. 149 (TB) Squadron, RCAF, was formed as a Torpedo Bomber unit at Patricia Bay, British Columbia, on 26 October 1942. This squadron was the only home unit to be equipped with the Bristol Beaufort to meet the Japanese naval threat from the Aleutians. When the Japanese withdrew in the summer of 1943, the squadron was redesignated Bomber Reconnaissance (BR) and re-equipped with Lockheed Ventura aircraft. It was employed on West Coast anti-submarine duty until it was disbanded at Terrace, BC, on 15 March 1944. (S. Kostenuk and J. Griffin)

The RCAF's overseas experience with torpedo bombers differed greatly from the sporadic and often ineffective operations on the home front. Although the RCAF carried only one torpedo bomber squadron in its overseas Order of Battle, many Canadians flew with British squadrons in this role.

Nos. 22 and 42 squadrons were the first RAF units to receive the type, and among the first to fly them were British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) graduates. These men, who were trained under the Canada-based BCATP, began arriving in Britain in November 1940. One of them, Pilot Officer Lawrence Stanley Hill, a navigator from Calgary, had barely reported to No. 42 Sqdn. when he was dispatched on a Dec. 28 Beaufort mission to locate an enemy tanker off Trondheim, Norway. The aircraft was last seen on a homeward track off Scotland's Shetland Islands. Hill and the other four crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial west of London, England.

Torpedo bombing required both skill and nerves of steel. The "fish" were dropped from an altitude of roughly 80 feet, approximately 1,000 yards from target. Close for sure, but if a ship had shallow draught the torpedoes could pass harmlessly underneath. The attack itself demanded a straight and level approach which made the aircraft an easy target for enemy gunners, and so it was not uncommon for a strike force to lose a third of its planes. The death of Warrant Officer Alan Morris of Ottawa, a wireless operator in No. 42 Sqdn., is particularly tragic. Not only had the wireless operator in No. 42 Sqdn. completed his tour and participated in several attacks, he was ready to leave the squadron when asked to replace a sick man for a May 17, 1942, strike on the cruiser Lutznow. The mission was a disaster. Three Beauforts in the first wave were shot down. Four more - in the second wave - were destroyed by German fighters, and the cruiser escaped.

Torpedo bombers were dispatched in response to sighting reports, but more often Beaufort offensive operations consisted of mine-laying operations which caused the most aircrew casualties. Nevertheless, Sergeant James Philip Scott of Toronto, a RCAF navigator in No. 22 Sqdn., died during one of the most daring RAF torpedo bomber sorties. On April 6, 1941, Beauforts penetrated Brest harbour and attacked the German battle cruiser Gneisenau. The British pilot, Flying Officer Kenneth Campbell, ran a gauntlet of flak before launching his torpedo which put the vessel into dry dock for eight months. The Beaufort crew perished in the mission; Campbell was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

No. 415 Squadron, RCAF, formed at Thorney Island, Sussex, on 20 Aug 1941, worked up on Beauforts, and became operational on Hampdens in April 1942. Hugh A. Halliday

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last update: 2021-10-05 19:57:01

Beaufort AW189

s/n
 AW189

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-July-17 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Thomas Francis Kerr 2023-12-15

Beaufort AW190

s/n
 AW190

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-09 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Ansley Foster 2021-08-06

Beaufort AW196

s/n
 AW196

Known Squadron Assignments: ;86

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Eric Phippen Sutherland 2021-07-21

Beaufort AW197

s/n
 AW197

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-October-11 KIA RCAF Sergeant Carl Christian Thomsen 2021-07-17

Beaufort AW211

s/n
 AW211

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-August-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Herbert Emile Joseph Whiston 2021-07-09

Beaufort AW240

s/n
 AW240

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-03 KIA RAF Sergeant George Leonard Hodson 2021-04-09

Beaufort AW243

s/n
 AW243

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-11 PoW RAF Flight Lieutenant Oliver Lawrence Spurling Philpot DFC, MC 2021-05-21

Beaufort AW287

s/n
 AW287

Known Squadron Assignments: ;16

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Oswald James Thorpe 2021-07-17

Beaufort AW298

s/n
 AW298

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-05 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Hugh Percival McKee 2023-07-20

Beaufort AW305

s/n
 AW305

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-06 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Donald Charles Sharman 2021-08-01

Beaufort AW349

s/n
 AW349

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-February-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Richard John Secord Dawson 2023-07-21

Beaufort AW350

s/n
 AW350

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-22 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Aubrey Fenwick Izzard 2021-08-11

Beaufort AW353

s/n
 AW353

Known Squadron Assignments: 39

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-22 PoW RAF Warrant Officer Gordon Stanley Leith Cumming 2024-05-26

Beaufort AW375

s/n
 AW375

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Alan Hubert Andrew Morris 2023-07-23

Beaufort DD876

s/n
 DD876

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-02 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Ash 2022-05-05
1942-December-02 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer John James Earls 2022-05-05
1942-December-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Herbert William Goodman 2022-05-05
1942-December-02 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Harry Newell 2022-05-05

Beaufort DD928

s/n
 DD928

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Raymond William Wilsdon 2021-07-08

Beaufort DD936

s/n
 DD936

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-15 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Francis Joseph Payne 2021-08-18

Beaufort DD937

s/n
 DD937

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-02 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Alfred Gordon Turner 2021-07-14

Beaufort DE112

s/n
 DE112

Known Squadron Assignments: ;47

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-10 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Hubert Knight Barber 2023-07-19

Beaufort DE115

s/n
 DE115

Known Squadron Assignments: ;47

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Haraldur Johannes Davidson 2021-08-04

Beaufort DE121

s/n
 DE121

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-25 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Robert George Ephriam Kater 2021-08-11
1942-July-25 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant James Edward Lemon 2021-08-13

Beaufort DW817

s/n
 DW817

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-November-29 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Ellis Walker 2023-08-16

Beaufort DW825

s/n
 DW825

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Seaman Cameron 2023-12-11
1943-January-03 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Gillmor Innis Morrison 2023-09-06
1943-January-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas Harold O'Neil 2023-09-06
1943-January-03 KIA RCAF Sergeant George Ernest Walker 2022-01-02

Beaufort DW833

s/n
 DW833

Known Squadron Assignments: ;21

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Henry Charlesworth 2024-02-05
1942-September-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Oliver James McEvoy 2021-08-17
1942-September-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant William George Ward 2021-07-10

Beaufort DW834

s/n
 DW834

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

The Air War Events log has Flying Officer RA Bendwig on Beaufort I aircraft #DW 834. Interesting that RAF Commands has Bendwig commemorated on the Malta Memorial and the other crew commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. We have the aircrew from DW 834 commemorated on the Malta Memorial, so I am going to maybe go out on a limb and say that RAF Commands having Bendwig on a Wellington is likely incorrect. last update: 2024-February-19
1942-October-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Richard Alanson Bendwig 2023-07-21
1942-October-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Millard Meyer Liebeck 2021-03-29
1942-October-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Fred Edward Wickstrom 2021-07-08

Beaufort DW856

s/n
 DW856

Known Squadron Assignments: ;ADUME

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-December-04 KIFA RAF Sergeant Stanley John Holmes 2023-07-15
1942-December-08 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant David William Gordon 2023-07-15
1942-December-08 KIFA RAFVR Leading Aircraftsman Albert Cecil Sharp 2023-07-15

Beaufort DW914

s/n
 DW914

Known Squadron Assignments: ;301

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-March-31 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert Walker Wood 2021-07-07

Beaufort DW923

s/n
 DW923

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-June-14 KIA RNZAF Flight Sergeant Donald Kenneth Hardie McDonald 2021-04-16

Beaufort DW938

s/n
 DW938

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Calvin Watson 2021-07-10

Beaufort DW941

s/n
 DW941

Known Squadron Assignments: ;319

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-04 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Stanley Measor 2023-07-18

Beaufort DW992

s/n
 DW992

Known Squadron Assignments: ;306;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-07 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class George Raymond Grant 2023-07-20

Beaufort DW995

s/n
 DW995

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-23 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Williard Irving Post 2023-04-02

Beaufort DX134

s/n
 DX134

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-May-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Richard Kevin Holmes 2023-07-19

Beaufort EK973

s/n
 EK973

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

Engine fire, crashed on approach

source: Malcolm Deeley, Ulster Aviation Society

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-21 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Wilfred Raets 2021-08-11

Beaufort JM451

s/n
 JM451

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-23 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Maurice John William Aspinall 2023-04-05

Beaufort JM499

s/n
 JM499

Known Squadron Assignments: ;306

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Raymond Guy Needham 2021-08-17
1943-August-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jack Loree Perkins 2021-08-16
1943-August-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Neil Rattee 2021-08-11

Beaufort JM514

s/n
 JM514

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-July-17 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class James Waclaw Hoba 2023-07-19

Beaufort L4445

s/n
 L4445

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-March-01 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Rafe Sherme Brimacombe 2022-04-14

Beaufort L4466

s/n
 L4466

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-May-07 KIFA RAF Flying Officer John Theodore Berryman 2021-05-10

Beaufort L4478

s/n
 L4478

Known Squadron Assignments: ;3

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-August-03 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Hyman David Abrams 2021-07-07

Beaufort L4479

s/n
 L4479

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-30 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Louis Orlin Glay 2021-08-07
1942-August-30 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John William Leyland 2021-08-13
1942-August-30 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Orville Maclean 2021-08-17

Beaufort L4480

s/n
 L4480

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-20 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Donald Gordon Taylor 2021-10-02
1942-August-20 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant William MacDonald Vacheresse 2021-07-13

Beaufort L4496

s/n
 L4496

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-August-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Francis Jonathan Henry Highmoor 2022-11-22
1942-August-04 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Douglas Burton St John Malcolm 2021-08-14

Beaufort L4514

s/n
 L4514

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-March-20 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Tom Thornley Braithwaite Stoker 2021-07-25

Beaufort L9803

s/n
 L9803

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-03 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Bruce Douglas Francis 2021-09-24
1942-September-03 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Benedict Hargreaves 2021-08-09
1942-September-03 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ronald Albert Elden Lutes 2021-10-15

Beaufort L9809

s/n
 L9809

Known Squadron Assignments: ;3

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-June-17 KIFA RCAF Sergeant James Snedden Warren 2023-02-08

Beaufort L9810

s/n
 L9810

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-June-21 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Murray Anderson Butler 2023-08-28

Beaufort L9813

s/n
 L9813

Known Squadron Assignments: 42

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-October-26 PoW RAF Flight Lieutenant Harry Francis Burns 2023-08-21

Beaufort L9819

s/n
 L9819

Known Squadron Assignments: ;9

Used by No. 415 (TB) Squadron, RCAF, for training from Thorney Island, UK, from 3 September 1941. Coded "GX*Q". last update: 2024-February-19
1943-August-03 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Harvey Craig Miller 2021-08-16

Beaufort L9828

s/n
 L9828

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-January-20 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Daniel Archibald Brand 2023-07-19

Beaufort L9834

s/n
 L9834

Known Squadron Assignments: 42

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-August-30 KIA RCAF Sergeant Lloyd Colley Mansell 2021-08-14

Beaufort L9851

s/n
 L9851

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-December-24 KIA RAF Flying Officer Robert Aitken Robertson 2021-08-08

Beaufort L9860

s/n
 L9860

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-December-26 KIA RAF Sergeant Robert Alfred Bradshaw 2023-12-15

Beaufort L9939

s/n
 L9939

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-October-16 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Arthur Evans Snell 2021-07-25

Beaufort L9950

s/n
 L9950

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-April-24 KIA RCAF Sergeant John Hodgins Smith 2021-07-26

Beaufort L9951

s/n
 L9951

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-October-13 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Frank Redfern 2021-08-10

Beaufort L9953

s/n
 L9953

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-August-09 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Victor John Hall 2021-09-29

Beaufort L9961

s/n
 L9961

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-November-04 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Clem Richard Bernard Weidenfeller 2021-07-10

Beaufort L9967

s/n
 L9967
inst
 A 397
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 17 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*K", and later "OP*K". To No. 149 (TB) Squadron at Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "K". To storage on 3 November 1943. To No. 1 Training Command, and classified as Instructional Airframe A397 on 22 February 1944, used at the Technical Training School at RCAF Station St. Thomas, Ontario. Had been RCAF L9967. Declared on no further instructional value on 30 March 1946. Held in whole state after disposal, pending transfer to War Assets Corporation. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
   1944-February-22 Classified Instructional CA A 397 2020-06-12
   1946-March-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 487 | 1968 501

Beaufort L9968

s/n
 L9968
inst
 A 387
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 17 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*L" and later "OP*L". Category C14 damage at 14:20 on 4 February 1942, at Patricia Bay. Swung on landing and struck a trench. To Boeing Aircraft in Vancouver for repairs, 18 March to 24 June 1942. Had 69:20 logged time when it arrived there. Back to Western Air Command when completed. To No. 149 (TB) Squadron at Patricia Bay on 8 October 1942. Coded "L". To storage on 3 November 1943. To No. 1 Training Command on 1 April 1944, for use at No. 5 Radio School at Clinton, Ontario. Classified as Instructional Airframe A387 on 3 April 1944. To No. 1 Air Command on 15 January 1945, still at Clinton. Retained in whole state after strike off, pending transfer to War Assets Corporation. Had been RCAF L9968 last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
1942-February-04 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Patricia Bay Aerodrome Names: Robinson | Shorthouse
   1944-April-03 Classified Instructional CA A 387 2020-06-12
   1945-July-09 Struck off Strength 2020-10-26
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 487 | 1968 501

Beaufort L45214

s/n
 L45214

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19

Beaufort ML444

s/n
 ML444

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-07 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Orwin Clemens Markle 2021-08-15

Beaufort N1005

s/n
 N1005
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;149

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 2 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "OP*A" and later "DK*R". Category C10 damage at 15:40 on 31 December 1941, at Patricia Bay. Swung while taxiing, ran into bank of earth after leaving runway, damage to starboard landing gear, wing, engine and propeller. Crashed at 12:00 on 2 January 1942, also at Patricia Bay. Assigned to Boeing Aircraft in Vancouver for repairs, 27 January to 11 May 1942. Back to No. 32 OTU when completed. To No. 149 (TB) Squadron at Patricia Bay on 8 October 1942. Destroyed in crash on take off on 2 December 1942. One fatality, Sgt. P.Bures, A Czech serving in the RCAF. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
1941-December-31 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Ashburner | Baker | Piddington
1942-December-02 Accident: 149 Squadron Loc: Patricia Bay Aerodrome Names: Bures | Luty | Tucker | Wilson
   1944-October-04 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1942-December-02 KIA RCAF Sergeant Paul Bures 2023-06-01
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 501

Beaufort N1006

s/n
 N1006
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec, and taken on strength there. To Western Air Command on 17 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*B". Forced landing at sea, 8 miles south east of Patricia Bay, after starboard engine failed on 15 February 1942. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1942-February-15 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Howie | Piddington
   1942-May-09 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 501

Beaufort N1007

s/n
 N1007
inst
 A 377
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 2 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*C" and later "OP*C". Assigned to No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942, may have arrived there on 13 December 1942. Coded "A". To storage with WAC on 3 November 1943, to No. 1 Training Command on 28 February 1944. Classified as Instructional Airframe A 377 on that date, for use at RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario. Had been RCAF N1007 last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
   1944-February-28 Classified Instructional CA A 377 2020-06-12
   1946-March-30 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for sale 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 486 | 1968 501

Beaufort N1011

s/n
 N1011
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1943-April-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Eric Douglas Ralph Botten 2023-09-06

Beaufort N1015

s/n
 N1015
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-November-29 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Arthur Edmund Shaw 2021-08-01

Beaufort N1016

s/n
 N1016
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-April-06 KIA RCAF Sergeant James Philip Scott 2023-10-04

Beaufort N1021

s/n
 N1021
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 11 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*D" and later "OP*D". Assigned to No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "B". Category A crash at Patricia Bay at 15:03 on 23 February 1943. One engine failed on approach to landing. Pilot could not keep aircraft straight, and it crashed into a hanger. 2 crew slightly injured. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
1943-February-23 Accident: 149 TB Squadron Loc: Patricia Bay Names: MacDonald | Watts
   1943-April-19 Struck off Strength Struck off by No. 3 Repair Depot 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 501

Beaufort N1026

s/n
 N1026
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;32

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-May-29 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant George Graham Hall 2023-03-21
1942-May-29 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Donald Duncan MacColl 2023-03-04
1942-May-29 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Martin Joseph Patrick O'Brien 2023-04-25
1942-May-29 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Stanley Howard Stillwell 2023-02-08

Beaufort N1026

s/n
 N1026
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

With Test & Development Establishment at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, dates unknown. To Western Air Command on 21 November 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*O". Category A crash at Sidney, BC at 13:30 on 29 May 1942. Aircraft crashed into sea shortly after take off, when port engine caught fire. Pilot Sgt. P. Stillwell and 3 other crew drowned. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-September-24 Taken on Strength Clark Ruse Aircraft in Nova Scotia 2019-08-20
1942-May-29 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Sydney British Columbia Names: Hall | MacColl | O'Brien | Stillwell
   1942-September-07 Struck off Strength Struck off by No. 3 Repair Depot, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 501

Beaufort N1027

s/n
 N1027
inst
 A 383
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

With Test & Development Establishment at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. To Western Air Command on 17 November 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*P" and later "OP*N". Assigned to No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "C". Struck by taxiing Hampden AN107 while parked at Patricia Bay on 26 October 1943. To No. 1 Training Command on 10 March 1944. Converted to Instructional Airframe A 383 on that date, for use by the Technical Training School at RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario. To No. 1 Air Command on 15 January 1945, still in use at Aylmer. Pending disposal from 15 February 1945, stored at the Flight Engineers School at Aylmer. Declared of no further use on 28 March 1947, retained in whole state pending disposal. Had been RCAF N1027 last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-September-24 Taken on Strength Clark Ruse Aircraft in Nova Scotia 2019-08-20
1943-October-26 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Jagger | Miles | Payne | Pearse
   1944-March-09 Classified Instructional CA A 383 2020-06-12
   1947-March-28 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 487 | 1968 501

Beaufort N1028

s/n
 N1028
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-20 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Frederick Gifford Douglas Baker 2021-06-03

Beaufort N1029

s/n
 N1029
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 2 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*E" and later "OP*E". Assigned to No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "D". last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
   1943-August-16 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce at Patricia Bay 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 501

Beaufort N1030

s/n
 N1030
inst
 A 375
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 2 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*F" and later "OP*F". Assigned to No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "N". To storage with Western Air Command on 3 November 1943. To No. 1 Training Command on 17 March 1944. Converted to Instructional Airframe A 375 on that date, for use by the Technical Training School at RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario. To No. 1 Air Command on 15 January 1945, still in use at Aylmer. Pending disposal from 15 February 1945, stored at the Flight Engineers School at Aylmer. Declared of no further use on 28 March 1947, retained in whole state pending disposal. Had been RCAF N1030 last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
   1944-March-17 Classified Instructional CA A 375 2020-06-12
   1947-March-28 Struck off Strength Strike off approved 2020-10-16
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 486 | 1968 501

Beaufort N1045

s/n
 N1045
inst
 A 395
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

To Western Air Command on 14 October 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*G" and later "OP*G". Assigned to No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "N". To storage with Western Air Command on 3 November 1943. To No. 1 Training Command on 16 February 1944. Converted to Instructional Airframe A 395 on the next day, for use by the Technical Training School at RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario. Had been RCAF N1045. Declared of no further use on 30 March 1946, retained in whole state pending disposal. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-21 Taken on Strength Canadian Associated Aircraft 2019-08-20
   1944-February-17 Classified Instructional CA A 395 2020-06-12
   1946-March-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 487 | 1968 501

Beaufort N1078

s/n
 N1078
inst
 A 396
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

Erected by Canadian Associated Aircraft at St. Hubert, Quebec. Taken on strength at No. 1 Wireless School, at Montreal. To Western Air Command on 2 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*H" and later "OP*H". Category C6 damage to airscrews at Patricia Bay, at 15:30 on 7 November 1941, when the aircraft jumped the chocks while ground running and struck wooden trestles. To Boeing Aircraft in Vancouver for repairs, 8 December 1941 to 17 January 1942. Back to No. 32 OTU when completed. Assigned to No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "N". To storage with Western Air Command on 3 November 1943. To No. 1 Training Command on 16 February 1944. Converted to Instructional Airframe A 396 on the next day, for use by the Technical Training School at RCAF Station Aylmer, Ontario. Had been RCAF N1078. Declared of no further use on 30 March 1946, retained in whole state pending disposal. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
1941-November-07 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Jacobs
   1944-February-17 Classified Instructional CA A 396 2020-06-12
   1946-March-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 487 | 1968 501

Beaufort N1085

s/n
 N1085
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-December-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Allan Willson Troup 2024-01-25

Beaufort N1107

s/n
 N1107
inst
 A 376
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

To Western Air Command on 17 September 1941, for use by No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RDJ". Category C12 damage on 14 January 1942, when aircraft swung on landing and starboard landing gear struck a ditch. Repaired on site. Had 62:15 logged time on this date. To No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 8 October 1942. Coded "H". To storage on 3 November 1943, possibly following a crash. To No. 1 Training Command on 22 March 1944, converted to Instructional Airframe A376 the following day. To No. 1 Air Command in January 1945. Struck off at No. 5 Radio Direction Finding School at Clinton, Ontario. Had been RCAF N1107 last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-21 Taken on Strength Canadian Associated Aircraft 2019-08-20
1942-January-14 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Pat Bay Names: Henry
   1944-March-23 Classified Instructional CA A 376 2020-06-12
   1945-July-09 Struck off Strength Struck off, retained in whole state 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 486 | 1968 501

Beaufort N1109

s/n
 N1109
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-February-11 KIA RCAF Sergeant James Alton Jepson 2021-08-11

Beaufort N1154

s/n
 N1154
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;217

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-December-07 KIA RAF Pilot Officer Hugh Eric Mussenden 2023-10-11

Beaufort N1158

s/n
 N1158
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-June-18 KIA RCAF Sergeant George Patrick Whicher 2021-08-22

Beaufort N1162

s/n
 N1162
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1940-December-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Lawrence Stanley Hill 2021-08-10

Beaufort N1169

s/n
 N1169
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-14 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Norman Austin Payne 2021-08-18

Beaufort N1171

s/n
 N1171
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-August-27 KIA RCAF Sergeant Thomas Scott Royan 2021-08-06

Beaufort N1172

s/n
 N1172
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;42

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-April-08 MIA RAFVR Arthur Basil Johnson 2023-03-01
1942-April-08 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Graham Morrison 2022-01-21
1942-April-08 KIA RAFVR Thomas Pugh 2023-03-01
1942-April-08 MIA RAFVR Ernest Sheppard 2023-03-01

Beaufort N1180

s/n
 N1180
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-September-02 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Tom Henry Grasswick 2021-09-29

Beaufort W6473

s/n
 W6473
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments: ;32

With No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "OP*N". Written off in forced landing at Rodeo, New Mexico on 27 March 1942. Port engine failed, and then fell off. Aircraft was on a cross country training exercise. One fatality, Flight Lieutenant P.A. Kimpton, RAF. last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1942-March-27 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Rodeo Mexico Names: Berth-jones | Kimpton | Loyd | West
   1942-May-14 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1942-March-27 KIFA RAF Flight Lieutenant Peter Adrian Kimpton 2023-02-05
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 509

Beaufort W6474

s/n
 W6474

Known Squadron Assignments: ;44

last update: 2024-February-19

Ferry Flight 1942-03-18 to 1942-03-18

(Ferry) Ferry Command (RAF) Portreath

In March of 1942, the ever-growing needs of the RAF in the Middle East saw hundreds of replacement aircraft making the trip from Britain, many in the hands of No. 44 Group Ferry Service. There are some things we know about the final flight of Beaufort I (W64 7 4) by piecing infonmation together.

The crew of Thornton, Brinkworth (navigator), Sgt. Cyril Bohling, and Sgt. Andrew Brigstocke (both listed as wireless air gunners) took off from RAF Portreath, in southwest Cornwall, on the morning of March 18, headed south for Gibraltar. That meant transiting the dangerous skies over the Bay of Biscay.

They were nominally listed as member of No. 86 (Coastal Command) squadron, but the Operational Record Book for that month shows neither the aircraft nor the crew, on strength, or the flight itself recorded.

Once W6474 cleared English air space, the crew were never seen again.

The patrol boat off Lisbon identified a Beaufort and enemy aircraft, but there is no confirmation it was the Thornton crew, though a letter sent to Brinkworth's mother does say the RAF believes it to be so.

source: SPROG, Author Malcolm Kelly


1942-March-18 KIA RAFVR Byron Bohling 2023-03-06
1942-March-18 KIA RAF Andrew Lawrence Brigstocke 2023-03-07
1942-March-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Ernest Peter Brinkworth 2023-08-29
1942-March-18 KIA RAAF Flying Officer William Austin Thornton 2023-03-06

Beaufort W6479

s/n
 W6479

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-February-05 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Harlow Eugene Johnson 2021-08-11
1942-February-05 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Maxam Lindsay 2022-01-23
1942-February-05 KIFA RCAF Flight Sergeant Wesley Alexander Pickering 2021-08-14

Beaufort W6480

s/n
 W6480

Known Squadron Assignments: ;5

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-July-26 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Ralph Ballantyne Henry 2021-08-09

Beaufort W6484

s/n
 W6484
inst
 A 384
m/d
 Type 152

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Coded "RD*N" and later "OP*N". Ground looped while taking off at Patricia Bay on 20 June 1942, landing gear collapsed. Starboard propeller and gear box came off when aircraft struck the ground. With No. 149 (TB) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC in 1942/43. Coded "M", date not known. Classified as Instructional Airframe A384 on 9 March 1944. Had been RCAF W6484 last update: 2024-February-19
   1941-August-07 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1942-June-20 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Ballantyne | Elliott | Kidd | Piddington
   1944-March-09 Classified Instructional CA A 384 2020-06-12
   1947-March-28 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 487 | 1968 509

Beaufort W6486

s/n
 W6486

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-March-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ian MacLean 2022-01-21

Beaufort W6489

s/n
 W6489

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-January-15 KIA RCAF Sergeant Dave Stewart Craik 2024-05-12
1941-January-15 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Jack Rowland Fishwick 2021-05-13

Beaufort W6520

s/n
 W6520

Known Squadron Assignments: ;39

last update: 2024-February-19
1942-January-04 Died RCAF Pilot Officer Frederick James William Saunders 2023-09-03

Beaufort W6522

s/n
 W6522

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-June-13 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ralph Loudon Blackmore 2021-08-28

Beaufort W6539

s/n
 W6539

Known Squadron Assignments: ;1

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-June-30 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Keith Dingle Williams 2021-07-08

Beaufort W9834

s/n
 W9834

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19

Beaufort W9939

s/n
 W9939

Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19

Beaufort X8916

s/n
 X8916

Known Squadron Assignments: 3 (C) OYU

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-May-29 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Stanley John Tyson 2023-02-08

Beaufort X8921

s/n
 X8921

Known Squadron Assignments: ;22

last update: 2024-February-19
1941-June-02 PoW RAF Flying Officer William David Gaynel McCaw 2023-09-12
1941-June-02 KIA RAF Sergeant Frederick William O'Brien 2021-12-30

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