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  CA-17 Mark 20 Mustang Serial Number A68-13  
RAAF
No. 25 Squadron

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Stan Gajda 1975

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Constructors Number 110-34378. At the factory, never assigned any U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia to start production. Reassembled and completed at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in Melbourne. Constructors Number 1338.

Wartime History
On August 5, 1945 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-17 Mark 20 Mustang serial number A68-13. Afterwards, this Mustang was placed into storage until February 23, 1950. Assigned to No. 25 Squadron (City of Perth). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 2, 1950 crashed in a near vertical dive near Pearce Airfield. On September 9, 1950 the wreckage was converted to components.

Wreckage
After the crash, most of the wreckage was buried into the ground. During 1975, Stan Gajda recovered the propeller blades and one engine cylinder bank which was compressed 90 degrees by the force of the crash.

References
ADF Serials Mustang A68-13
Thanks to Stan Gajda for additional information.

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November 4, 2020

 

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