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Beaufort Squadrons : 11-August-2011
Beaufort Squadrons : 11-August-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A tree commemorates those who served on Beaufort Bombers in World War Two.

The Beaufort was the main general reconnaissance-strike bomber for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the South West Pacific theatre during the Second World War. The aircraft was primarily used for bomber-torpedo operations, general reconnaissance, anti-submarine and convoy patrols, and for providing close air support for ground troops. The Beaufort was colloquially referred to as the RAAF’s “workhorse”. Seventeen operational squadrons were equipped with Beauforts, including 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 32, and 100 Squadrons, as well as another 26 communication, training, and other support units.

During the war 2,150 RAAF aircrew trained on Beauforts, at 1 Operational Training Unit, Bairnsdale and East Sale, Victoria, while 9,500 ground crew served and maintained the aircraft.1.



Address:Princes Highway, Beaufort Memorial Gardens , Bairnsdale, 3875
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830728
Long: 147.609967
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th November, 1990
Front Inscription

This tree was planted on 10 November 1990 by AIR COMMODORE W.H.GARING, OBE, DFC, DSC (USA) in recognition of those who served in RAAF Beaufort Squadrons in World War 1939 - 1945

(second plaque) 

In memory of our esteemed Patron AIR COMMODORE W.H.GARING, OBE, DFC, DSC(US) Who died on 1 January 2004, Aged 93


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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