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    Default Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Hello!
    I am trying to find the crew of Beaufort A9-665, piloted by one Pilot Officer, later promoted Flight Lieutenant [417425] Thomas George Secker [RAAF], who piloted the plane for a few months in 1945. I'd like to also find a photo of him if it is possible, or even the plane! He was born in 1923 and died 2005. Any other information regarding Secker himself is nice, and in advance, I have seen his service record.

    TTFN.

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    Default Re: Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Hello,

    You will find a photo of 417425 Thomas George SECKER RAAF, here:

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1120929

    Other shots here: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=5262208 see:p.12 of 44.

    Secker was with No.8 Sqn RAAF, not the 9th SQN.

    No.8 Sqn RAAF ORB - 3 June, 1945 - Flying Officer T. G. SECKER (417425) Pilot and crew arrived on posting ex-No.1 Reserve Personnel Pool, Aitkenvale, Q/land - https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1339942 - see p.475 of 532.

    Secker's 1st op, 7/6/1945 - Beaufort A9-658 - p.487 of 532 - read on!

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    Hello!
    I am aware that this group photo exists, along with another.
    I was hoping to find a photo portrait of him, although his photo on enlistment is quite low quality.
    I see he is 7th from right, front row.

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    Default Re: Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Hello,

    Here is Secker's wife (a member of the Australian Women's Army Service) - https://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/vet...715338&c=WW2#R (nee JESSER).

    Col.
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    Default Re: Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Cheers for that!
    Sorry, not sure how to change the name of the thread.
    Knew the AWAS bit, but still cheers!

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    Hello,

    Can't be absolutely sure, but I think F/Lt Secker's crew is mentioned somewhere on this page (he definitely is!):

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...spx?B=30920264 - see: p.35 of 75.

    Here are the two (2) crews posted out on 3 October, 1945 (F/Lt. SECKER and F/O FULTON:

    OFFICERS.

    F/Lt. T. G. SECKER (417425) G.D.
    F/O. E. L. WHITCROFT (41180) G.D.
    F/Lt. R. H. TROON (401569) G.D.

    F/O. J. D. FULTON (411769) G.D.

    AIRMEN.

    416191 W/O. W.Op.Air (2) PRETTY, W. A.

    436987 F/S. Nav."B" (1) INKPEN, G. R.
    406867 W/O. W.Op.Air (2) PARKER, A. J.
    414539 W/O. W.Op.Air (2) DAVIS, J. B.

    Now, to match them up!

    Col.
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    Default Re: Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Hello,

    Here is Secker's crew:

    417425 F/Lt (Pilot) Thomas George SECKER RAAF
    41180 F/O (Nav."B") Edmond Leonard Ord WHITCROFT RAAF
    401569 F/Lt (W/T.Op.Air) Robert Harrington TROON RAAF
    416191 W/O (W/T.Op.Air) Walter Arthur PRETTY RAAF

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1358868 - see: p.542 of 903 - 3/10/45.

    Col.
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    Default Re: Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Your a bloody legend!
    Thank you alot!
    slight question... 2 Wireless Operators?
    P.S
    Seems like he is in here somewhere?
    https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/PRG+390
    I wonder if Secker is in the photo.
    Last edited by tankengine888; 4th April 2022 at 08:37.

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    Default Re: Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Hello,

    Australian Beauforts usually carried a crew of four - a pilot, navigator and two wireless/air gunners. The navigator was positioned in the nose of the Beaufort. The pilot was seated on the port (left) side of the aircraft, level with the leading edge of the wing. The wireless operator had his desk behind the pilot. Although facing forward, his only view from the aircraft was a port-side window as a darkened area was needed for viewing the radar screen. The gunner moved into the turret after take-off where from his exposed position facing the tail of the plane, he could keep a watchful eye on the rear of the aircraft.

    See:
    Song Of The Beauforts - No 100 Squadron RAAF and Beaufort Bomber Operations.
    King,Colin M.
    Tuggeranong (ACT):Air Power Development Centre,2008 (2nd ed.)
    p.279.

    Available to read online, here: https://www.radschool.org.au/Books/s...0beauforts.pdf

    Col.
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    Default Re: Beaufort A9-665 with 9th SQN

    Cheers!
    Another question
    Is it usual to use other aircrafts?
    On logs on the war diary [between May and July 1945], he is shown to flew the following

    9 June 1945 - A9-658 [Mispelled F/O Seker]
    17 June 1945 - A9-658
    23 June 1945 - A9-658
    24 June 1945 - A9-475
    26 June 1945 - A9-602
    27 June 1945 - A9-602
    28 June 1945 - A9-602
    29 June 1945 - A9-373
    30 June 1945 - A9-602
    1 July 1945 - A9-602
    3 July 1945 - A9-602
    4 July 1945 - A9-602
    6 July 1945 - A9-602
    9 July 1945 - A9-602
    10 July 1945 - A9-602
    15 July 1945 - A9-665
    PROMOTED - F/LT on 25 July 1945
    1 September 1945 - A9-643
    3 October 1945 - F/L T.G. Secker and crew.. J.D Fulton and Crew departed on posting to No.8 Comm. U.

    I remember, on a frame, there was a name on it, reading something like this
    "Beaufort Mk.V, Piloted by "Tom" Secker in 8th Squadron"
    The markings on it were A9-360... I recall A9-360 was sent to 1st OTU, where "Tom" later/earlier served.

    Nothing else to say, thanks alot!

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