FLYPAST – MEN BEHIND THE BEAUFORT

.beaufortThe Spotlight feature in the February 2017 edition of the magazine focuses on the Bristol Beaufort.  It operated from UK bases attacking enemy shipping with bombs and torpedoes, a role it also fulfilled in the Mediterranean where it saw a great deal of action, despite heavy losses.  The RAAF operated the aircraft in the anti-shipping and bombing roles in the southwest Pacific.  My article looks at the careers of three men;

  • Lloyd Morgan DFM a pilot on No. 217 Squadron who attacked targets in western France and the Bay of Biscay.
  • Lionel Daffurn DFC a pilot on No. 39 Squadron flying from landing grounds in North Africa to attack ships resupplying Rommel’s Afrika Corps.
  • Charles Walsh DFC a pilot with No. 100 (RAAF) Squadron flying from island bases in the Pacific to bomb targets in New Britain, Rabaul and Japanese airfields.

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