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Beaufort Bomber Squadrons Association 1941-1945 Plaque

Description
Brionze plaque dedicated to the RAAF personnel who maintained and flew the Australian built Bristol Beaufort Bombers, in service operations between 1941 and 1945. The plaque lists the Squadrons who utilised the aircraft and areas of service, particularly in South-East Asia and the South-Western Pacific theatres. A special commemoration is made to those who made the supreme sacrifice.
Location
Shrine of Memories, ANZAC Square, Brisbane Qld 4000

Location of Beaufort Bomber Squadrons Association 1941-1945 Plaque

Inscription

1941 [RAAF Crest] 1945

DEDICATED

TO THE MEMORY OF

THE RAAF PERSONNEL WHO

MAINTAINED AND FLEW THE 700

AUSTRALIAN BUILT BRISTOL BEAUFORT BOMBERS

[Squadrons] Operational Areas [Squadrons]

Conflicts commemorated
Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit Memorials
Memorial type
Plaque
Commemorative services held
The Shrine is utilised for commemorative events.
Additional information

The Beaufort bomber was a twin-engined, Australian-built front line strike aircraft. They were used in the role of torpedo bombing, bombing reconnaissance and army support. They had little glamour but they did have an important role to play. Beauforts had something of a 'rogue' reputation. There were a number of unaccountable losses, sometimes torpedoes didn't run after delivery and some bombs triggered prematurely causing mid-air explosions but nobody can decry the job the Beauforts did in the theatres of war where they were used.

The first unit formed was 100 Squadron at Richmond, New South Wales, on 25 February 1942 under the command of Wing Commander Sam Balmer. It first went into action off Lae and Salamau operating from Mareeba in Queensland. In August 1942 they were stationed at Milne Bay (New Guinea) primarily for torpedo attacks on enemy warships and shipping.

During the campaign in the South West Pacific area the number of Squadrons expanded to ten. These were 1,2,6,7,8,13,14,15,32 and 100 Squadrons. They finished the war credited with sinking many ships, shooting down of enemy planes, sinking of submarines, bombing of enemy positions, fuel dumps and aerodromes - and commendation from Army and Naval forces for their support.

Recorded by
Matt Smith, QLD War Memorial Register
Date recorded
26 August 2009

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