Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
  CA-3 Wirraway Serial Number A20-51  
4 Squadron

Former Assignments
21 Squadron
2 AD
22 Squadron
23 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Arthur Kenneth Dineen, 400972 (survived) Thornbury, VIC
Gunner  Sgt Lawrence Leslie Winter, 28395 (MIA / KIA / BR) Collinswood, SA

Crashed  December 11, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors Number 49.

Wartime History
On March 18, 1940 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 21 Squadron based in Malaya. No known nickname or nose art.

On October 15, 1941 damaged at Seletar Airfield. Afterwards, disassembled and loaded aboard ship and transported to Australia on November 25, 1941. This aircraft was one of only four Far East Wirraways that escaped Malaya.

Arrived at 2 AD on December 16, 1941 and repaired. Assigned to 22 Squadron on March 2, 1942. Next assigned to 23 Squadron on June 1, 1942. Afterwards to 4 Squadron on October 23, 1942.

Wartime History
On December 11, 1942 took off from Berry Drome (12 Mile) near Port Moresby on a bombing mission against Buna. Missing between Port Moresby and Buna and failed to return. Pilot Dineen bailed out over the Owen Stanley Mountains and while descending, he thought he saw his gunner also parachute. Also lost was Wirraway A-20-485 (MIA).

Fates of the Pilot
Dineen parachuted safely to the ground. He was later found by natives who brought him to Nauro on the Kokoda Trail and was transported to Port Moresby.

This Wirraway crashed near Munuma to the west of the Kokoda Trail.

Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, the remains of Winter were located and recovered.

Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Winter was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of Winter's remains, he was permanently buried at Bomana War Cemetery at B2, F, 23.

No. 4 Squadron Operations Record Book (ORB) - December 18, 1943
"18/12/42 –  Signal received from Station Commander, NAURO, advising: - F/O A. K. DINEEN brought in by natives; gun shot wound right foot; He had arranged transport out; F/O A. K. DINEEN and No. 28395 Sgt. WINTER L. L. had bailed out from A20-51 on 11th. December, 1942, approximately five (5) miles west of The Gap [Kokoda Gap]; F/Sgt WINTER still missing - natives search has been sent."
RAAF Casualty Card - Wirraway A20-51
"Body of Sgt Winter has been recovered" (footnote without date)
CWGC - Lawrence Leslie Winter
World War Two Nominal Roll - Arthur Kenneth Dineen
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-51
RAAFDB - CAC CA-3 Wirraway A20-51
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information.

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
June 29, 2019


Tech Info

1 Missing

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram