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Wirraway A20-160

Aircraft Model:CAC CA-7 Wirraway
Manufacturer:Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation
Constructor's No.:160
Units:No. 4 Squadron, RAAF
No. 3 Service Flying Training School, RAAF


12 November 1940Received by No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex CAC.
23 November 1940Allotted to No. 3 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
9 December 1940Serviceable at No. 3 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
7 April 1941Issued to No. 2 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
9 April 1941Port undercarriage collapsed on landing at Amberley.
17 April 1941Aircraft force landed at Coolangatta Aerodrome due to drop in engine revolutions.
Pilot: LAC VIVAN ARTHUR COLLYER, RAAF 402935 (Uninjured)
27 April 1941Serviceable at No. 3 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
25 May 1941Issued to No. 7 Service Flying Training School, RAAF.
31 May 1941Allotted to No. 4 Squadron, RAAF.
25 March 1942Aircraft force landed at Melbourne after suffering an engine failure.
Observer: Sgt CLIVE HADLEY, RAAF 14242 (Uninjured)
16 November 1942Proceeded to Port Moresby.
22 December 1942Aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire during a tactical reconnaissance mission to Buna.
Pilot: F/O GEORGE HOCKINGS, RAAF 405250 (Killed)
Passenger: Maj WILLIAM FRANCIS O'HARA, AIF NX100719 (Killed)
11 January 1943Approval given for write-off.


Temporary graves of F/O G. Hockings and Maj W.F. O'Hara


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1942, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Service Flying Training School 1 to 3 May 40 - Apr 42, A9186, 475.

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

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Wirraway A20 [Accidents Part 7], A9845, 107.

Pacific Wrecks 2018 CA-7 Wirraway Serial Number A20-160. Retrieved 17 June 2018 from <https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/wirraway/A20-160.html>.

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

Record updated on 17 June 2018.


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