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Wirraway A20-8

Aircraft Model:CAC CA-1 Wirraway
Manufacturer:Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation
Constructor's No.:6
Units:No. 12 Squadron, RAAF
No. 2 Service Flying Training School, RAAF
No. 7 Service Flying Training School, RAAF


30 August 1939Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex CAC.
1 September 1939Issued to No. 12 Squadron, RAAF, with Engine No. B20-6.
15 July 1940Allotted to No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for modification.
27 August 1940Allotted to No. 2 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
3 October 1940Attempted landing with undercarriage retracted causing damage to airscrew.
4 November 1940Forced landing.
16 December 1940Engine No. B20-6 allotted to ANA.
14 June 1941Aircraft suffered partial engine failure causing forced landing with undercarriage retracted.
9 September 1941Aircraft landed with undercarriage retracted causing damage to undersurface of fuselage and flaps.
23 February 1942Aircraft suffered landing accident when pilot applied brakes too suddenly.
9 April 1942Received by No. 5 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
6 August 1942Received by No. 7 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
27 October 1942Aircraft crashed approximately 7 miles west of Deniliquin, NSW.
Pilot: LAC JOHN DOUGLAS BELL, RAAF 409885 (Killed)
21 November 1942Converted to components.


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1942, BELL John Douglas - (Leading Aircraftman); Service Number - 409885; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Wirraway A20-8; Place - Deniliquin, New South Wales; Date - 27 October 1942, A705, 163/91/603.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Aircraft status cards - Wirraway A20-1 to A20-305, A10297, BLOCK 107.

Wilson, S. 1991 Wirraway, Boomerang & CA-15 in Australian Service. Fyshwick: Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd.

Record updated on 8 October 2017.


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