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  CA-1  Wirraway Serial Number A20-13  

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Justin Taylan 2000

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructor Number 11.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-1 Wirraway serial number A20-13. Assigned to 2 SFTS and later 2 OTU based at Wagga Wagga Airfield. By late February 1945 this Wirraway had accumulated a total of 2,492 flying hours.

On February 25, 1945 piloted by F/O A. C. Beckworth observer AC1 J Crellin, crash landed after take off due to an engine failure, landing straight and crashing through a fence. Afterwards, repaired and returned to flying duty.

By early August 1945, this Wirraway had a total of 2,671 flying hours. On August 12, 1945 suffered another engine failure during a formation flying training mission and made an emergency landing. Afterwards, repaired and returned to flying duty.

During May 1960, A20-13 sold back to Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) for conversion into a Ceres agricultural aircraft. Instead, sold to a private individual and then acquired by an Thomas King during the middle 1960s.

In late 1967, donated by Thomas King to the The Air Museum of Papua New Guinea in exchange for the right to export A6M2 Zero 51553. During 1970, this Wirraway was donated to the Civil Aviation Training College by Bill Chapman where it was placed on display with some of the fuselage skin removed for instructional purposes.

In 1978, Bruce Hoy arranged for it to be transferred from the Civil Aviation Training College to the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) / PNG War Museum). Disassembled, this Wirraway was placed into storage in the back room of the PNG War Museum at Ahuia Street, Gordons. The wings were removed and placed on a storage shelf. The fuselage section was stored separately nearby.

During his tenure with the museum, Bruce Hoy planed to have had it painted in the markings of Wirraway A20-137, but no restoration work was ever undertaken.

Between 1978–2015, this Wirraway remained in storage in the back room of the PNG Museum until the Gordons location closed. Reportedly, this aircraft is in storage at either Murry Barracks or

in storage disassembled. , the aircraft is stored with the wings removed inside the PNG Museum. This aircraft is the second oldest surviving Wirraway in the world,

ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-13
Thanks to Bruce Hoy and Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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