On 10 June 1944 the squadron began operations from Tadji strip near Aitape on the northern coast of New Guinea where the focus of its operations was to attack barges between Wewak and Manchu Island. W/C PLB Gibson was the new commanding officer and he was killed the day after arriving when A19-115 swung on takeoff and hit a bulldozer. His place was taken by Jack Sandford. On 16 June A19-120 and its crew was lost over Manchu Island.
The worst was yet to come when on 13 July three aircraft and their crews were lost in the one day: A19-174 was shot down near But NG, A19-146 was shot down and crashed near Boram strip and A19-185 went missing over Manchu Island. Then on 23 July A19-173 crashed on take off and the crew was killed.
During the time the squadron spent at Tadji it was hampered by lack of spare parts and also by the fact that almost a third of the squadron was travelling to the next base at Kamiri Island, which in turn greatly increased the work load of the groundstaff at Tadji.
On 4 August 1944 the squadron began operations from the Kamiri strip on Noomfoor Island working with PT Boats. Later the focus was to bomb Japanese airstrips to make them unserviceable which resulted in twenty five sorties being flown in a single day.
On 11 August A19-194 received a direct hit in the navigators compartment which killed F/O Webster instantly.
On 10 September A19-171 crashed into the sea whilst on a test flight and the pilot was lost. On 19 September A19-209 crashed and burnt, however, the crew escaped only to be betrayed and captured then executed by the Japanese.
On 29 October A19-216 crashed into the sea in Amboina Bay and the crew was killed.
On 15 November A19-206 swung on take off crashed and burned with both crew being killed, however, two ground crew standing behind the pilot as passengers being flown to Morotai both escaped with minor injuries.
On 12 November 1944 the squadron began operations from Wama strip on Morotai Island and on arriving from Noomfoor A19-186 blew a tyre and ground looped. The crew was not hurt but the aircraft was a write-off.
On 6 December A19-202 was shot down whilst strafing near Cape Binta.
On 30 December A19-149 went missing near Mt Danap in the Celebes and was the last aircraft lost during 1944. The focus of operations from Morotai was on enemy shipping and vital installations, such as bridges, and to make the task easier the Beaufighters were now equipped with 8 rockets.