DAP Beaufort A9-141

7 Squadron

7 Squadron RAAF - History

Formed in 1918 in England, Number 7 Squadron was responsible for training aircrew for the reconnaissance tasks carried out by 3 Squadron. The start of World War II saw the squadron flying anti-submarine patrols and convoy escort missions off the east coast of Australia.

After being re-equipped with the DAP Beaufort, the Squadron moved to the Northern Territory - from where it conducted patrols over Australia's northern waters. Although generally uneventful, the Squadron's history during this period records a successful attack on a Japanese submarine, as well as the destruction of a number of Japanese "Jake" Floatplanes. 7 Squadron flew its last mission of the War on 15 August 1945 when twelve aircraft struck targets in the Maprik area just hours before Japan's surrender.

DAP Beaufort Bases

7 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
  • Place
  • Nowra, New South Wales
  • Ross River, Queensland
  • Detachments At:
  • Horn Island, Queensland
  • Wards Strip, Papua New Guinea
  • Townsville, Queensland
  • Detachments At:
  • Wards Strip, Papua New Guinea
  • Jacquinot Bay, New Britain
  • Higgins Field, Queensland
  • Kingaroy, Queensland (Until 3 January 1946)
  • Arrival Date
  • Unknown
  • 11 November 1942
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  • -
  • -
  • January 1943
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • March 1944
  • 25 October 1944

DAP Beaufort Aircraft

7 Squadron operated from the following Bases with their DAP Beauforts:
Serial Number Squadron Code Picture/Description - Location/Reference Source - Date/Source
  • A9-48
  • A9-65
  • A9-108
  • A9-112
  • A9-118
  • A9-120
  • A9-124
  • A9-129
  • A9-131
  • A9-132
  • A9-133
  • A9-135
  • A9-136
  • A9-138
  • A9-140
  • A9-141
  • A9-143
  • A9-144
  • A9-145
  • A9-182
  • A9-196
  • A9-205
  • A9-220
  • A9-223
  • A9-225
  • A9-241
  • A9-255
  • A9-256
  • A9-277
  • A9-294
  • A9-295
  • A9-323
  • A9-327
  • A9-329
  • A9-341
  • A9-345
  • -
  • A9-356
  • -
  • A9-364
  • A9-377
  • -
  • A9-381
  • A9-389
  • A9-397
  • A9-412
  • A9-431
  • A9-440
  • A9-448
  • A9-461
  • A9-466
  • A9-471
  • A9-481
  • A9-502
  • A9-509
  • A9-607
  • A9-623
  • A9-637
  • A9-646
  • A9-647
  • A9-649
  • KT-Z
  • KT-T
  • KT-A
  • KT-T
  • KT-?
  • KT-Q
  • KT-L?
  • KT-Q
  • KT-?
  • KT-?
  • KT-?
  • KT-?
  • KT-?
  • KT-Y
  • KT-A
  • KT-W
  • KT-F
  • KT-?
  • KT-Z
  • KT-X
  • KT-?
  • KT-?
  • KT-M
  • KT-L
  • KT-?
  • KT-H
  • KT-K
  • KT-?
  • KT-F
  • KT-?
  • KT-S
  • KT-N
  • KT-B
  • KT-D
  • KT-V
  • KT-W
  • -
  • KT-O
  • -
  • KT-V
  • KT-?
  • -
  • KT-S
  • KT-Q
  • KT-U
  • KT-D
  • KT-K
  • KT-G
  • KT-O
  • KT-Y
  • KT-W
  • KT-A
  • KT-B
  • KT-C
  • KT-Q
  • KT-W
  • KT-P
  • KT-B
  • KT-K
  • KT-M
  • KT-F
  • On the ground at Wards Air Strip, Papua New Guinea (1943)
  • Accident in Papua New Guinea
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 July - 31 July 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 July - 31 July 1943
  • Taxying - unknown location and date
  • In Flight, early 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 March - 31 March 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 May - 31 May 1943
  • No Markings - Townsville, Queensland 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 July - 31 July 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 March - 31 March 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 March - 31 March 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 March - 31 March 1943
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Horn Island, 27 November 1943
  • Being Serviced - Ross River, Queensland (No Date)
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 July - 31 July 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 July - 31 July 1943
  • After accident, Milne Bay 1943
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 May - 31 May 1943
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 July - 31 July 1943
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
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  • In Flight - Townsville, Queensland (No Date)
  • Being Serviced - Ross River, Queensland 1943
  • Taking Off - Horn Island, Queensland 1943
  • Goggler and crew
  • From RAAF Operational Unit History Sheets - 1 May - 31 May 1943
  • In Flight - Horn Island, Queensland 1943
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Standing - Horn Island, Queensland 1943
  • On patrol out of Higgins Field, Queensland - pictured in "The Beaufort Files"
  • Standing - Papua New Guinea (No Date)
  • Crashed by Flt. Off. Heyson - Horn Island, Queensland (No Date)
  • 2 Photographs
  • (i) Close up of Nose Art "Salome - Unknown location/date
  • (ii) Ready for scrapping - Nose Art "Salome" - Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
  • Crashed as a result of a tyre burst - Tadji, Papua New Guinea 16 January 1945
  • Crashed - Higgins Field, Queensland 2 July 1944
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From SOC Sheets)
  • No Proof - Just Reference (From "The Beaufort Files" by Roger Hayward)
  • Torrcelli Ranges, Papua New Guinea (OC2464)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Flight line up 5 aircraft: A9-649 in background - Aitape, Papua New Guinea 27 June 1945
  • Personally confirmed - 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)
  • Flight line up 5 aircraft: A9-649 in background - Aitape, Papua New Guinea 27 June 1945
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