WWII RAAF Beaufighter found off Broome’s Cable Beach

RAAF Beaufighter A19-163 crashed on 18 September 1944 while on a mission to provide protective cover for Catalina flying boats that were conducting patrols, bombing raids and mine laying operations.
After taking off at 4.30am it experienced engine trouble and crashed into the ocean about 1km off Cable Beach, killing both occupants.

The wreckage was discovered earlier this year (2014) by Broome Historical Society Vice President, Dion Marinis, and helicopter pilot Jim Miles after a painstaking two-year search.

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