Bristol and GAF
by Juanita Franzi
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Australian Aero illustrator Juanita Franzi has sent these profiles of two Beauforts, an RAF Bristol Beaufort Mk.I and an RAAF GAF Beaufort Mk.VIII, for HyperScale's Gallery:
22 Squadron was the first operational Beaufort unit. L4461 is shown fitted with a Mk XII torpedo.
Initially the squadron was limited to mine laying and low level sorties. The first torpedo sortie was flown by this squadron in September 1940.
The nose art on A9-500 related to the towns of Barmera and Waikerie in South Australia.
A9-500 was delivered to the RAAF in November 1943 and was received by 15 Squadron in February 1944. The squadron formed at Camden, NSW, in January 1944 and flew anti-submarine and escort missions.
In May 1944, A9-500 was selected by Headquarters to be named "Barmera - Waikerie", in honour of the funds raised by the two townships.
The aircraft survived the war with nose art recording seven supply drops and 15 bombing missions.
Image and Text Copyright © 2008 by Juanita Franzi
Page Created 27 May, 2008
27 May, 2008
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