DAP Beaufort A9-141

Beaufort Production Figures

Beaufort Production Figures

Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) was the name of an aircraft manufacturer owned by the Government of Australia based at Fishermans Bend, in Melbourne, Victoria. It had its origins in the lead-up to World War II, during which it was known as the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP). Established just before the outbreak of World War II when the Australian government recognised that supplies of aircraft from traditional sources could no longer be assured.

To ensure supply of aircraft, in 1939 the government set up the new Department of Supply and Development with an Aircraft Construction Branch within that department; both organisations officially came into being on 1 July 1939. The organisation was set up specifically to produce the Bristol Beaufort under licence in Australia. The Beaufort was chosen as the best General Reconnaissance (G.R.) aircraft available and on 1 July 1939, orders were placed for 180 airframes and spares, with the specially formed Beaufort Division of the Commonwealth Department of Aircraft Production (DAP).The Beaufort was a large twin-engined all-metal aircraft of advanced design for the time. An initial order for 180 Beauforts was placed in July 1939, for delivery in equal numbers to the RAAF and RAF.

DAP Beaufort Construction

As Japanese forces headed towards Australia aircraft were needed for the nation's defence, so 700 Beaufort Bombers were built to protect Australia.

  • Role: Torpedo Bomber
  • Primary Users: RAAF & RAF
  • Introduced: 1939
  • Retired: 1944

Aircraft Production Figures

These vital facts of Australia's aircraft industry are an impressive record and emphasises the achievement of Australia's seven million people in establishing a strikingly successful aircraft industry under Wartime conditions
Item Type Produced by First Delivery Original Programme Completed Production -28 February 1946
Beaufort Twin-engined torpedo bomber Department of Aircraft Production August 1941 August 1944 400
Beaufighter Twin-engined intruder/attack fighter do* (1) May 1944 January 1946 364
Boomerang Single-engine interceptor-fighter do August 1942 1945 250
Dragon Twin-engined transport, trainer and ambulance do October 1942 June 1943 87
Lincoln (Lancaster) Four-engined heavy bomber do - - In Production
Tudor (Lancaster) Four-engined military transport do - - do
Mustang Single-engine high-altitude fighter do May 1945 - 59
Mosquito Twin-engined fighter-bomber/intruder do March 1944 June 1943 158
Tiger Moth Trainer De Havilland Aircraft Pty. Ltd * (3) 1940 1942 -
Wirraway Single-engine trainer Commwealth Aircraft Corporation* (2) July 1939 June 1942 739
Wackett Single-engine trainer do May 1942 -
Single row Wasp 650hp 9-cylinder, air-cooled radial Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation January 1939 September 1943 680
Twin-row Wasp 1200hp 14-cylinder, air-cooled two-row radial Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation do June 1945 870
Rolls-Royce Merlin 1650hp 12-cylinder, Vee-type liquid-cooled in-line do do- - In production
Gipsy Major 130hp 4-cylinder, air-cooled in-line General Motors Holden Ltd. September 1940 March 1944 1,300
  1. Deliveries of Beaufighter’s were terminated at 364 instead of 450 ordered.
  2. The original order was for 620 Wirraways. Deliveries against a subsequent order commenced March, 1944, and are to be terminated at 757 aircraft. The Company also developed a twin-engined bomber of which the production prototype only was manufactured, the project being terminated to enable capacity to be concentrated upon production of Mustang fighters to a total of 250. A prototype single-engine experimental fighter aircraft is being developed and has mode its first flights.
  3. De Havilland Aircraft Pty. Ltd., completed orders for 1,035 Tiger Moths in August 1942, and delivered 35 more between September, 1944, and January, 1945. The Company also designed gliders and built eight. Mosquito aircraft deliveries are to be terminated 209.
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