DAP Beaufort A9-141

32 Squadron

32 Squadron RAAF - History

No. 32 Squadron was established as a reconnaissance and bomber unit, equipped with Lockheed Hudson aircraft, at Port Moresby on 21 February 1942. It was formed from elements of other RAAF Hudson squadrons deployed from their home bases for combat operations against Japanese forces.[1] No. 32 Squadron played an important role during the early stages of the New Guinea campaign, conducting anti-submarine and anti-shipping patrols, flying bombing sorties against enemy airfields and flying boat bases, as well as conducting reconnaissance and supply missions.

Redeployed to Sydney in September 1942, No. 32 Squadron conducted anti-submarine patrols, initially from RAAF Base Richmond and then from Camden. In March 1943, the Hudsons were replaced by DAP-built versions of the Bristol Beaufort, which it used until the end of the war. The squadron was disbanded in November 1945.

DAP Beaufort Bases

32 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
  • Place
  • Formed at 7 Mile Strip, Port Moresby(from the remnants of 24Sqn)
  • Horn Island, Papua New Guinea
  • Milne Bay Fall River Strip, Papua New Guinea
  • Camden, New South Wales
  • Detachments At:
  • Bundaberg, Queensland
  • Amberley, Queensland
  • Lowood, Queensland
  • Mallacoota, Victoria
  • Moruya, Victoria
  • Cairns, Queensland
  • Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
  • Camden, New South Wales
  • Mascot, New South Wales
  • Bundaberg, Queensland
  • Arrival Date
  • 21 February 1942
  • April 1942
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  • 6 March 1943
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  • 1 July 1944

DAP Beaufort Aircraft

32 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
Serial Number Squadron Code Picture/Description - Location/Reference Source - Date/Source
  • A9-251
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  • A9-267
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  • A9-274
  • A9-276
  • A9-279
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  • A9-287
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  • A9-291
  • A9-312
  • A9-322
  • A9-324
  • A9-326
  • A9-332
  • A9-336
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  • A9-351
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  • A9-372
  • A9-432
  • A9-436
  • A9-440
  • A9-457
  • A9-476
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  • A9-490
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  • A9-492
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  • A9-494
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  • A9-545
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  • A9-552
  • A9-563
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  • A9-609
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  • A9-629
  • A9-662
  • A9-638
  • JM-W
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  • JM-X
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  • JM-Q
  • JM-R
  • JM-B
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  • JM-S
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  • JM-E
  • JM-B
  • JM-F
  • JM-G
  • JM-L
  • JM-K
  • JM-C
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  • JM-H
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  • JM-P
  • JM-T
  • JM-U
  • JM-T
  • JM-X
  • JM-M
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  • JM-J
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  • JM-T
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  • JM-F
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  • JM-F
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  • JM-A
  • JM-M
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  • JM-S
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  • JM-T
  • JM-N
  • JM-H
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • In Flight - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • In Flight - Lowood, Queensland - 1944
  • Lined Up - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Lined Up - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • In Flight - Location Unknown - Mid-1943
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • In Flight - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Lined Up - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Crashed - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • Crashed - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • In Flight - Location Unknown - Mid-1943
  • Crew Standing Beside Aircraft - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Taking Off - Camden, New South Wales (No Date)
  • In Flight - Location Unknown (No Date)
  • In Flight - Location Unknown (No Date)
  • Crew - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • In Flight - Location Unknown (No Date)
  • Crashed Rear Fuselage - Lowood, Queensland - 1944
  • Crashed Front Fuselage (Different View) - Lowood, Queensland - 1944
  • Crew Standing Beside Aircraft - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Lined Up - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • In Flight - Bundaberg, Queensland (No Date)
  • In Flight - Lowood, Queensland - 1944
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Crew Pictured On Account Standing - Lowood, Queensland - 1944
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
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