ADF-SERIALS
Australian & New Zealand Military Aircraft Serials & History

RAAF A20 CAC CA-16 Wirraway
A20-701 to A20-772

Powered by FreeFind

Site search
Web search
Hosted by:
Integrity Technical Solutions

Wirraway A20-750
81 Wing RAAF 
BCOF Japan
Photo via Gordon Birkett

     
 

CAC Wirraway Main page   CAC Wirraway Image Gallery

 
     
 
RAAF.Serial Aircraft Type C/No Aircraft History
A20-701 CA-16 1153 Rec 1AD ex CAC 09/04/45.Modified for target towing at 1AD per Wirraway Order #101 dated 16/12/44 . Rec 7AD ex 1AD modified 22/04/45. Tfr 7AD S/R 02/07/45. Rec 7AD Store 22/10/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 17/08/48. Held Det B 1AD 01/07/52. Rec CAC F/B ex Det B 1AD 17/11/53. Rec Det B 1AD ex CAC F/B 08/10/54. Rec 1BFTS ex Det B 1AD 23/02/55. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 18/01/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to CAC F/B 04/12/58 for conversion to a CA28 Ceres with Eng#14878. Delivered CAC 03/03/59. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-702 CA-16 1154 Rec 1AD ex CAC 16/04/45.Modified for target towing at 1AD per Wirraway Order #101 dated 16/12/44 . Rec 7AD ex 1AD modified 23/04/45. Tfr 7AD S/R 02/07/45. REc 7AD Store 22/10/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 17/08/48. Held Det B 1AD 17/08/48. Rec CAC F/B ex Det B 1AD 30/09/48. Rec Det B 1AD ex CAC F/B 04/05/50. Tfr Point Cook ex Det B 1AD 30/08/50. Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex Point Cook 02/04/51. Accident 1135hrs 09/08/51 when the engine failed at 130 feet when flying over the coast forcing the pilot to make a wheels up forced landing on the beach near the mouth of the Werribee River Victoria during a aerial search for a missing launch. Pilot; F/Lt M Holdsworth Serv# A021992 and passenger F/Lt T D Fitzsimmons Serv# A0257 , both of 1FTS were not injured. Rec Det B 1AD ex Point Cook Base Sqn 27/09/51. Held U/S Det B 1AD 1951 to 1958. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to CAC F/B 10/12/58 for conversion to a CA28 Ceres with Eng#673. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-703 CA-16 1155 Rec 1AD ex CAC 30/04/45.Modified for target towing at 1AD per Wirraway Order #101 dated 16/12/44 . Rec 7AD ex 1AD modified 15/05/45. Tfr 7AD S/R 02/07/45. Rec 7AD Store 22/10/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 17/08/48. Held Det B 1AD 01/07/52. Rec CAC F/B ex Det B 1AD 08/12/53. Rec Det B 1AD ex CAC F/B 15/12/54. Rec 1BFTS ex Det B 1AD 15/06/55. Accident 13/10/55 when aircraft suffered a Port Wing Scrape on landing at Uranquinty. Pilot, T/Plt P C Price Serv# A32466 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 14/02/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58 with Eng#16709. The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59 per Docket# SV42257. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.
A20-704 CA-16 1156 Rec 1AD ex CAC 23/04/45.Modified for target towing at 1AD per Wirraway Order #101 dated 16/12/44 . Rec 7AD ex 1AD modified 30/04/45. Tfr 7AD S/R 25/06/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 17/08/48. Held Det B 1AD 01/07/52. Rec CAC F/B ex Det B 1AD 15/12/53. Rec Det B 1AD ex CAC F/B 15/12/54. Rec 24 (F) Sqn CAF ex Det B 1AD 08/11/55. Served with No 24 (City of Adelaide) SQN based at Mallala SA during the period 1955-1959. Incident at Mallala 07/09/58 when aircraft emitted smoke and fire on start from right exhaust stack. Pilot; F/Lt K J Duffy Serv# 4979 not injured. Repaired. Accident 05/02/59 when taxying to Runway 26 at Mallala SA, aircraft struck post damaging underside of starboard mainplane. Pilot: Sgt A Hincenbergs Serv# A218504 not injured. Authorised for disposal from Mallala 21/05/59. Purchased and held by Airfarm Associates, Tamworth, NSW, 1966-1968 as a source of spares for their Ceres fleet. Was with Air World (Know as Drage Air World, now closed)in the 70's. Obtained by Les Arthur/Toowoomba Aero Museum, Toowoomba, Queensland, in 1974 until 1985. Purchased by Murray Griffiths in 1985 and relocated at Denilquin, NSW, then Moorabbin Vic in 1997. Registered as VH-BFO from 22/01/97 and painted as A20-436, in 4 Sqn Codes BF-F. First flight, 16/06/97.
Sold to Kermit Weeks and exported to USA 2012/2014

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-704

A20-705 CA-16 1157 Rec 1AD ex CAC 23/04/45. Modified for target towing at 1AD per Wirraway Order #101 dated 16/12/44 . Rec 7AD ex 1AD modified 30/04/45. Tfr 7AD S/R 25/06/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 23 (F) Sqn CAF Archerfield ex Det B 1AD 08/06/48. Accident 1530hrs 25/11/51 when engine failed on take-off with the aircraft making a wheels up forced landing 1/2 mile north of Archerfield Aerodrome. Pilot, Cadet B J Trousdell Serv# A15015 not injured. SOC 21/03/52. Stripped airframe allocated 3AD Amberley following spares recovery by 23Sqn (F) CAF 17/04/52.
A20-706 CA-16 1158 Rec 1AD ex CAC 07/05/45. Modified for target towing at 1AD per Wirraway Order #101 dated 16/12/44 . Allocated 1FBRD ex 1AD for 13 days for dummy parachute dropping 18/05/45. Tfr 7AD S/R 01/06/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 23 (F) Sqn CAF Archerfield ex Det B 1AD 08/06/48. Accident 06/06/54 scraping wing on landing at Archerfield. NFDs Pilot: Cadet Pilot L J Potts not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 23 (F) Sqn CAF 16/01/59. Approval granted to dispose 21/05/59 with Eng#641.The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-706

A20-707 CA-16 1159 Rec 1AD ex CAC 14/05/45. Rec 7AD S/R 28/05/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 478(M) Sqn, 78 Wing Williamtown NSW ex Tocumwal CMU 06/10/47 for BCOF (Japan) Pilot training per Orders QC1164 27/08/47. Rec East Sale ex 78 Wing 09/04/48. Rec CFS ex East Sale 04/02/49. Rec 78 Wing ex CFS 31/05/49. Accident 29/03/50 on landing at Williamtown. NFDs. T/Plt B G Dorrington not injured. Rec R/S Williamtown ex 78 Wing 30/06/50. Approved to convert to components 02/10/50. Airframe remains and Eng#662 to be issued to School of Land Air Warfare 02/10/50.
A20-708 CA-16 1160 Rec 1AD ex CAC 21/05/45. Rec 7AD S/R 28/05/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 25 (F) Sqn CAF ex Tocumwal CMU 25/06/48.Accident 18/05/52 damaging Port Wing and Oleo and airscrew following landing at Pearce Aerodrome. Pilot; F/Lt L Brett ,not injured. Repaired and in service by 15/09/52. Accident 05/02/53 when Port wing scraped on cross-wind landing at Pearce Aerodrome. Pilot: P/O D N Hampton, Serv# A032557 not injured. Repaired and in service by 28/05/53. Accident 06/08/54 when undercarriage retracted whilst taxying at Pearce Aerodrome. W/O M A Walker Serv#A5848 not injured. Repaired and in service by 11/11/54. Rec Det B 1AD ex 25 (F) Sqn CAF 16/01/59. Approval granted to dispose 21/05/59 with Eng#406.The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-708

A20-709 CA-16 1161 Rec 1AD ex CAC 21/05/45. Rec 7AD S/R 01/06/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 25 (F) Sqn CAF ex Tocumwal CMU 01/07/48. Accident 18/01/50 when aircraft suffered engine failure and forced landed on Rottnest Island WA. Pilot; F/Lt K R Rodd not injured. Repaired and in service 01/03/51. Rec Det B 1AD ex 25 (F) Sqn CAF 14/12/55. Approval granted to dispose 30/10/58 with Eng#58.The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.
A20-710 CA-16 1162 Rec 1AD ex CAC 12/06/45. Rec 7AD S/R 16/07/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 21 (F) Sqn CAF ex Tocumwal CMU 03/06/48. Grounded at direction of DTS 17/07/52. Rec Det B 1AD ex 21 (F) Sqn CAF 23/04/53. Held Cat E 01/05/55. To be converted to components 16/12/56.Instr Eng #663 listed for disposal 02/01/57.SOC and listed as scrap metal 02/05/57.
A20-711 CA-16 1163 Rec 1AD ex CAC 25/06/45. Rec 7AD S/R 03/07/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 1AD ex Tocumwal CMU 20/04/48. Rec 21 (F) Sqn CAF ex 1AD 21/04/48. Incident forcing an emergency landing at Laverton Aerodrome 02/07/54 when a oil leak was noticed. Pilot: Sgt J C Williams Serv# A26353 was uninjured. Repaired. Accident 25/11/55 when aircraft struck port wing tip and aileron of Vampire A79-111 at Laverton Aerodrome. Crew; Wg Cdr D E Moseley Serv# 033014 and Cdt/P G E Simonson (21 (F) Sqn CAF) Serv#A311292 were not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 21 (F) Sqn CAF 16/01/59. Approval granted to dispose 21/05/59 with Eng#395.The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.

Wirraways A20-711

A20-712 CA-16 1164 Rec 1AD ex CAC 25/06/45. Rec 7AD S/R 02/07/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 22 (F) Sqn CAF ex Tocumwal CMU 21/05/48. Accident 01/09/50 on landing at Bankstown Aerodrome when aircraft tipped on nose damaging airscrew. Pilot; F/O M J McKay not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 22 (F) Sqn CAF 29/10/53. To be converted to components 16/12/56.Instr Eng #680 listed for disposal 02/01/57. SOC and listed as scrap metal 31/05/57.
A20-713 CA-16 1165 Rec 1AD ex CAC 16/07/45. Rec 7AD S/R 09/08/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 22 (F) Sqn CAF ex Tocumwal CMU 21/05/48. Rec 2OTU ex 22 (F) Sqn CAF 23/10/52. Held Cat B 2OTU 07/11/52. In Service 2OTU 31/03/53. Accident 1700Hrs 16/07/53 when the aircraft crashed on night test flight at Cox's Lane approximately 3 miles south east of Williamstown, NSW. Pilots; Sgt Ian Keith Walters Serv# A25480 and Sgt Owen Neil Furner Serv# A26485 both killed. SOC 14/08/53.
A20-714 CA-16 1166 Rec 1AD ex CAC 09/07/45. Rec 7AD S/R 09/08/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 21/05/48. Accident 1100 hrs 05/11/48 when aircraft made a precautionary landing at Echuca due to engine cutting out in flight. Pilot; F/Lt P W Symons Serv#432616 and F/Lt W D Ephgrave Serv#2878 both not injured. Repaired. Accident 1030hrs 20/10/50 when flying low level navigational exercise (No 17)at 50 feet over Lake Corangamite after taking off from Point Cook 0948hrs; the pilot, proceeding to re-synchronise Direction Indicator with compass, in-advertently applied forward stick pressure which caused the airscrew to strike the water surface. He immediately attempted to climb but at 50-100 feet the engine vibration and the inability of the aircraft to climb, forced him to ditch the aircraft, canopy opened and tail down, on the lake. The aircraft had settled in 8 feet of water and 2-3 feet of mud. Pilot; T/Plt Vance Drummond Serv#A336624 injured slightly after striking forehead and nose on cockpit (He would become a Pilot in 77Sqn and would be shot down and captured in North Korea. Sadly on 17/05/67 he would be killed in a Mirage crash) After being rescued by local Camperdown resident, he was flown back to Point Cook by Oxford. Approved for conversion 22/01/51. Tail section recovered 06/02/51. The fuselage and wings remain on site this very day. S R Wasp Eng # 647 fitted at time of crash.

Wirraway A20-714
 Lake Corangamite
 Photo by Peter Edwards

A20-715 CA-16 1167 Rec 1AD ex CAC 16/07/45. Rec 7AD S/R 05/09/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 13/05/48. Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex 1FTS 01/03/51. Accident 11/11/53 when aircraft landed heavily at Point Cook, causing undercarriage to collapse. NFDs. Repaired. Incident 05/02/57 when engine rocker arm broke on run up. at Point Cook. Pilot: T/Plt PG Compton Serv#A217784 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex Point Cook 12/01/59. Approval request to dispose 02/02/59. Approval granted to dispose 21/05/59. The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-715

A20-716 CA-16 1168 Rec 1AD ex CAC 23/07/45. Rec 7AD S/R 05/09/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 19/05/48. Accident 1415hrs 15/10/48 when engine failed on take-off after reaching 100 feet at Point Cook, forcing the pilot to force land the aircraft on beach at the south end of the strip. Pilot; S/Ldr A N Mather Serv# 402519 un-injured, and Passenger F/Lt W Ephgrave Serv#2878 being slightly injured. Rec Point Cook ex 1FTS 26/11/48. Approved for conversion to components 17/11/48.
A20-717 CA-16 1169 Rec 1AD ex CAC 09/08/45. Rec 7AD S/R 16/10/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec East Sale ex Tocumwal CMU 06/08/48. Rec CFS ex East Sale 06/08/48. Tfr East Sale R/S ex CFS 25/08/50. Cat B East Sale R/S 26/01/51. Rec East Sale U/E to replace A20-735 ex East Sale R/S 15/06/51. Issued 1BFTS ex East Sale 11/04/52. Accident 1345hrs 28/04/52 when pilot held off too high on landing, damaging port wing and aileron at Uranquinty NSW. Crew; W/O W B Robertson Serv# A4442 and T/Plt E B M Janes Serv# A13540 both uninjured. Repaired. Accident 1530 hrs 11/03/53 when pilot after completing aerobatic exercise, performed an emergency forced landing 4 1/2 miles north of the Rock due to engine failure. Pilot; T/Pil P J Good Serv#A32717 was un-injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 10/07/53.Held Cat G 01/08/56. To be converted to components 10/12/56. Instr Eng #648 listed for disposal 02/01/57. SOC and listed as scrap metal 31/05/57
A20-718 CA-16 1170 Rec 1AD ex CAC 14/08/45. Rec 7AD S/R 05/09/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 21/04/49. Accident 1000 hrs 07/08/50 when aircraft stalled on approach striking starboard wing on landing during a precautionary landing at Point Cook. Pilot, Lt A G Cordell (RAN) not injured. Repaired. Accident 25/01/51 when aircraft suffered wing drop (Port) on landing at Laverton Aerodrome. Crew; Sqn Ldr W M Coombes Serv#021987 and T/Plt R Knight Serv#A33818 both not injured. Repaired. Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex 1FTS 01/03/51. Accident 1120hrs 08/05/57 when aircraft ditched following engine failure in flight a half mile south of mouth of Werribee River in Port Phillip Bay in 14 feet of water (Location Lat 37/59/15 south and Long 144/41 East). Pilot, PNA (P) Franklin, J R (RAN Serv#R52044) Eng#7937 at time of accident. Airframe hours of A20-718 at time of accident 1875.15 hours. Aircraft approved and used by Fire Section Point Cook for Fire Fighting Course 01/05/58. Photo held of aircraft being lifted from water.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-718

A20-719 CA-16 1171 Rec 1AD ex CAC 03/09/45. Rec 7AD S/R 16/09/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat E 29/07/46. Upgraded Cat C Special Reserve 29/07/46. Accident 1010 hrs 07/12/49 when dive bombing on Greenhills Bombing Range , starboard side engine panel detached and struck front windscreen panal and shattered it. Made safe return flight. Pilot; T/Plt (P3) K Shaw Serv#434041 not injured, with T/Pil B R Dorrington Serv#450895 receiving abrasions to face. Repaired. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 22/10/48. Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex 1FTS 01/03/51. Accident 11/11/53 when landing heavily causing the under carriage to collapse at Point Cook. Pilot: R A Baddams Serv#041522 and A/Cdt A L Furniss Serv# A34499 was not injured. Repaired. Accident 28/08/57 when aircraft nosed over and damaged airscrew at Point Cook. Pilot: A313263 T/Plt RJ Bomball Serv#A313263 not injured. Rec Det B 1AD ex Point Cook Base Sqn 21/01/58. Approval granted for disposal 30/10/58. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Resold to CAC 25/03/60. Delivered to CAC 05/04/60. Disposed by CAC 11/63, to W. Gordon Scrap Metals, Werribee. Held by Pearce Dunn/Warbirds Aviation Museum, Mildura from 1967 to 1982. Obtained and restoration was commenced by Jack McDonald during 1982 to 1988. Owned by Robert Greinert/Historical Aircraft Restoration Society during 1991 to 1994. Restored to airworthy 17/08/94. Owned by Robert Greinert & Associates, Sydney, from 1994 to 1999 The aircraft was reregistered as VH-WRX and painted as A20-458 when in service with 5SFTS. The aircraft crashed 30/05/99 at an airshow at Nowra, NSW. The pilot Owen O'Mally (a World-War II veteran) and observer Phil Lloyd were both killed in the crash.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-719

A20-720 CA-16 1172 Rec 1AD ex CAC 10/09/45. Rec 7AD S/R 16/09/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec 478(M) Sqn, 78 Wing Williamtown NSW ex Tocumwal CMU 23/09/47 for BCOF (Japan) Pilot training per Orders QC1164 27/08/47. Allocated CFS Fighter Conversion Flight ex East Sale 23/03/48. Incident when fire started in carburettor on starting 8/04/48 at Laverton Vic. Pilot; F/Lt D H Rowley not injured. Allocated 1AD ex 78 Wing 15/04/48 for repairs. Rec CFS Fighter Conversion Flight ex 78 Wing 29/04/48. Tfr to East Sale R/S ex CFS 25/08/50. Held serviceable East Sale 24/10/52. Accident 06/05/53 aircraft damaged on landing following partial engine failure at Moorabbin Vic. Pilot; F/Lt C P Pivash Serv#031718 not injured. Repaired. Accident 1450 hrs 13/07/54 when aircraft crashed when carrying out forced landing practices with power off and wheels down, when the aircraft went into a slow spin in some 3 miles south west of West Sale Aerodrome. Pilot; P/O Alex Gordon Pritchard Serv# 041034 was killed after abandoning aircraft when baling out at an extremely low altitude. SOC and converted to components 26/08/54.
A20-721 CA-16 1173 Rec 1AD ex CAC 10/09/45. Rec 7AD S/R 16/09/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Issued Point Cook Cat B ex CMU Tocumwal 15/10/48. Rec 1FTS ex Pt Cook 22/10/48. Accident 19/04/49 when the aircraft was forced landed at Mortlake Vic after striking overhead power lines. Pilot; T/Pilot R W Wittmann Serv#423373 was not injured. Rec Point Cook ex 1FTS 20/05/49. Rec CAC Fisherman Bend ex Pt Cook 10/08/50. Rec East Sale R/S ex CAC F/B 24/06/51. Rec 1BFTS ex East Sale R/S 08/05/52. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal ex 1BFTS 10/07/53.Held Cat G 01/08/56. To be converted to components 10/12/56. Instr Eng #633 listed for disposal 02/01/57. SOC and listed as scrap metal 31/05/57
A20-722 CA-16 1174 Rec 1AD ex CAC 24/09/45. Rec 7AD S/R01/10/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Issued Point Cook Cat B ex CMU Tocumwal 15/10/48. Rec 1FTS ex Pt Cook 22/10/48. Involved in accident per A20-614 on 08/05/50, though not damaged. Tfr Pt Cook ex 1FTS 01/03/51. Accident 28/09/54 at Point Cook. NFDs. Pilot: PNA(P) K C W Henry Serv# A49438 not injured. Repaired. Accident 08/11/54 at Point Cook Aerodrome. NFDs. Pilot: Senior Air Cadet P J Scully Serv# A25033 not injured. Repaired. Accident 16/08/55 when pilot made forced landing some 15 miles West of Point Cook due to engine failure. Pilot; Snr Air Cadet R J R Plumber Serv#A25230 was un-injured. Repaired. Accident 05/07/56 when pilot held off on landing at Point Cook. Pilot; Senior Cadet K F North Serv#A15898 not injured. Approved for disposal 18/08/58 with Instr Eng #17248. SOC following spares recovery 30/10/58 at Point Cook. Remains obtained by farmer near Horsham, Victoria. Recovered with several other airframes (A20-512 and A20-731)by Borg Sorenson, Melbourne, Victoria, in 1984 and held pending restoration during period 1984-1994. Registered VH-CAC from 22/09/94. First post restoration flight 08/06/2002. Registered in 2009 as VH-CAC to Borg SORENSEN, Borg of WHEELERS HILL VIC

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-722

A20-723 CA-16 1175 Rec 1AD ex CAC 01/10/45. Rec 7AD S/R 114/10/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec 478(M) Sqn, 78 Wing Williamtown NSW ex Tocumwal CMU 23/09/47 for BCOF (Japan) Pilot training per Orders QC1164 27/08/47. Allocated CFS Fighter Conversion Flight ex East Sale 23/03/48. Rec CFS ex 78 Wing 09/04/48. Tfr AAS ex CFS 20/03/50. Tfr RS East Sale ex AAS 25/08/50. Serviceable East Sale 27/02/51. Rec 1BFTS ex East Sale 27/03/52. Accident 29/10/52 when aircraft stalled on landing at Forest Hill Airstrip scrapping starboard wing tip. Pilot; F/O R J Hornetty? and T/Plt D G Robertson not injured. Repaired. Accident 04/11/54 when undercarriage collapsed on landing at Uranquinty. Pilot: T/Plt D W Picton Serv# A216484 not injured. Repaired. Accident 05/07/55 when on landing at Uranquinty, stalled and dropped wing causing damage to starboard wing tip. Pilot: T/Plt G J Tilly Serv#A42540 not injured. Repaired. Accident 02/11/56 when on take-off, aircraft swung violently to port and ground looped. Pilot: F/O K M Price Serv# A041580 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS Uranquinty 06/02/57. Approval granted to dispose 30/10/58 with Eng#121.The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 02/60 Tocumwal.
A20-724 CA-16 1176 ec 1AD ex CAC 01/10/45. Rec 7AD S/R 16/10/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Issued Point Cook ex Tocumwal CMU 15/10/48. Rec 1FTS ex Point Cook 22/10/48. Accident 30/03/49 at Point Cook when on landing, bounced and dropped wing which caused airscrew contact with the concrete runway. Pilot; T/Plt A H Dowrick Serv# 4654 and T/Plt R H Jones Serv#444943 not injured. Repaired. Accident 26/09/50 when aircraft was landed in precaution, due to dropping oil pressure caused by a loose oil plug. Pilot; F/Lt J S Gooch Serv#05826 was un-injured. Repaired. Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex 1FTS 01/03/51. Accident 28/03/51, during a night training exercise at Point Cook Flight Training School this aircraft crashed into the sea almost immediately after take-off due to engine failure. At 10.15 pm James Thomas Cass (Trainee Pilot) Serv# A33820 began flying several circuits with J.P. Bird (Instructor) in A20-648 and on the last approach this plane had an "almost complete hydraulic failure". Bird instructed Jim Cass to get the spare plane (A20-724) started, which he did. Bird checked the new plane and taxied it into starting position. F/Sgt Ronald Keith Johnstone (Instructor) Serv#033214 (Accident report has him as F/Lt but casualty report has him as F/Sgt, but Serv# prefix 0 means Commissioned Officer) then took over from Bird in the second plane. There was then a loud bang and a shower of sparks as if the ignition switch had been turned off. The switches were then re-tested and everything seemed okay. It was about 10.55PM by this point. The plane then took off reaching 400 feet before the engine cut out, restarted, cut out again, restarted again and cut out a third time. The plane banked steeply to the left and then spun until reaching about 150 feet. At this time, about 11.02PM, a radio call from Ronald Johnstone was heard by the Flight Officer in the control van - "Charlie Charlie, emergenc..". The Officer immediately looked out of the van and saw the plane heading straight downwards at about 150 feet, no longer spinning at this point, and it hit the sea about 300 yards offshore, in about 8 to 10 feet of water. The crew, F/Sgt Ronald Keith Johnstone (Instructor) 033214 and James Thomas Cass (Trainee Pilot) A33820 were both killed instantly upon impact and the plane was destroyed. The bodies of the pilots were not recovered for 3 days on 31st March 1951. Rec Point Cook 08/04/51. SOC and Converted to components 27/06/51.
A20-725 CA-16 1177 Rec 1AD ex CAC 15/10/45. Rec 7AD S/R 26/11/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 27/04/49. Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex FTS. Accident 22/02/50 on landing at Point Cook. Pilot; A H Dowrick Serv#4654 (Instructor) and T/Plt M E Colebrook Serv# A442156 not injured. Repaired. Tfr to Point Cook Base Sqn ex FTS 02/04/51. Accident 26/01/54 when aircraft was forced landed near You Yangs, Victoria due to engine failure. Pilot: W/O R A Wood Serv# A33174 not injured. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal ex Point Cook 08/10/54. Repaired. Issued 22Sqn (F) CAF ex Det B 1AD Tocumwal 02/02/56. Accident 28/08/58 when aircraft overturned on landing on Runway 28 at Richmond RAAF Base. Pilot: Cdt Off R D Judd Serv#A220295 injured slightly. Airframe total on A20-725 at time of accident was 1607.35 hours with SRW Eng#14741 being 414.43hours. Rec 2AD ex 22Sqn (F) CAF 24/09/58. Approval for disposal granted 05/11/58. SOC 2AD 18/12/58.
A20-726 CA-16 1178 Rec 1AD ex CAC 29/10/45. Rec 7AD S/R 26/11/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 22/10/48. Accident 06/10/49 when aircraft was forced landed due to a lack of fuel some 3 miles west of Bunyip Vic. Pilot; T/Plt (P3) A Philip Serv#435467 and T/Plt M J Ridgway Serv#450904 were un-injured. Repaired. Accident 1430hrs 14/02/50 when pilot overshot Little River Satellite Strip and overturned aircraft after applying brakes. Pilot; T/Plt L V Boxwell Serv# A36677 was uninjured. Rec Det B 1AD ex point Cook 24/05/50. Allocated CAC Fishermens Bend for survey 02/10/51 ex Det B Tocumwal. Canc. Converted to components completed 23/07/56 and SOC 02/08/56.
A20-727 CA-16 1179 Rec 1AD ex CAC 12/11/45. Rec 7AD S/R 26/11/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec 1FTS ex Tocumwal CMU 22/10/48.Ground accident 03/02/50 when fuselage was damaged by fire caused by over priming on engine start. Pilot; P/O K N Martin Serv#421357 slightly injured with burns to face. Repaired. Accident 1140hrs 06/08/50 when pilot over ran aerodrome when landing and crashed into trees near boundary. Pilot; T/Plt B C Brikman Serv#A27412 (RAN) uninjured. Rec CAC F/B ex Point Cook 21/09/51. Rec Det B 1AD ex CAC F/B 27/11/51. Rec 22Sqn (F) CAF ex Det B 1AD 24/01/52. Accident 10/03/54 on landing at Richmond NSW when wing contacted runway. Pilot: Wg Cdr I S Podger IS (Serv#0354) not injured. Repaired. Accident 08/10/55 when engine failed some 1000 yards from Richmond Airfield. Crew; Pilot F/Lt L J Hoare Serv#033138 and Cadet J A Pearson Serv#A211038 ,were not injured. Approval to convert to components granted 27/02/56. Conversion completed 2AD and SOC 19/06/56. Engine at time of accident, SRW Eng #163.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-727

A20-728 CA-16 1180 Rec 1AD ex CAC 12/11/45. Rec 7AD S/R 26/11/45. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 18/10/47. Accident 1130 hrs 15/06/50 when pilot failed to switch fuel tanks in a 1000 foot circuit at East Sale forcing the pilot to make a forced wheels up landing some 2 miles west of East Sale Aerodrome. Pilot; T/Plt (P3) J P Bird Serv#436394 was un-injured. Tfr R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Rec CAC F/B ex R/S East Sale 18/09/50. Rec Det B 1AD ex CAC F/B 17/12/51. Rec 22 Sqn (F) CAF ex Det B 1AD 24/01/52. Accident 15/07/53 Williamtown NSW when landing during gusting winds causing aircraft to crab and nose over damaging airscrew and undercarriage. Pilot; Cadet RJ Sims was uninjured. Repaired. Rec 2AD ex 22 Sqn (F) CAF 03/09/57. Rec Det B 1AD ex 2AD 26/05/58. Approval granted for disposal 21/05/59.The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.
A20-729 CA-16 1181 Rec 1AD ex CAC 12/11/45. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 29/07/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 07/08/47. Accident 27/05/49 when aircraft was forced landed 3 miles south west of Bunyip Vic. Pilot; T/Plt A V Jackson un-injured. Repaired. Tfr to R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/05/50. Rec 1BFTS ex R/S East Sale 01/05/52. Accident 01/12/53 on landing at Uranquinty when aircraft scrapped wing tip. Pilot; F/O K J Hall not injured. Repaired. Accident 08/12/53 whilst performing practice forced landing procedures, engine failed due to fuel exhaustion forcing the pilot to make a wheels up landing some 4 miles south west of Uranquinty. Pilot T/plt A R Reed Serv# A52363 not injured. Repaired. Accident 12/04/54 when pilot was forced to land aircraft with oil leak and fouled plugs at Uranquinty airfield. Pilot; Flg Off W T Mansell Serv#022819 not injured. Repaired. Accident 17/02/55 when aircraft was damaged on landing at Uranquinty. Pilot; PNA (P) P E Brown-Greaves Serv# A50120 was not injured. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 27/05/55. Approval to convert to components 19/07/55. Completed 23/07/56. SOC 02/08/56.
A20-730 CA-16 1182 Rec 1AD ex CAC 03/12/45. Rec 7AD S/R 09/01/46. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 11/09/47. Tfr to R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. In service East Sale 1950-1955 with CFS. Accident 15/09/51 when landing at Wynyard Vic. Nfds. Pilot; F/Lt E A Turner not injured. Repaired. Accident 24/10/55 when aircraft suffered brake failure when taxying on tarmac at East Sale. Pilot; F/O B F Goy Serv#033210 not injured. Rec Det B 1AD ex East Sale 15/10/57. Approval granted to dispose 30/10/58. The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.
A20-731 CA-16 1183 Rec 1AD ex CAC 03/12/45. Rec 7AD S/R 09/01/46. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 08/09/47. Issued and Rec AAS ex CFS 12/08/49. Accident 1420hrs 19/09/49 when aircraft was ground looped at East Sale Aerodrome on landing. Crew; F/Lt E Rosman and Pilot under instruction, F/Lt C A Voges were both un-injured. Issued R/S East Sale ex AAS 15/05/50. Rec Det B 1AD ex R/S East Sale 13/10/50. Approval to convert to components granted 18/02/55.Residue for disposal 13/01/56. Residue sold to L & M Newman (Newmarket) 22/05/56.
A20-732 CA-16 1184 Rec 1AD ex CAC 17/12/45. Rec 7AD S/R 15/01/46. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 12/08/47. Tfr to East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. In service East Sale (CFS) 1950-1957. Rec Det B 1AD ex East Sale 04/10/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Resold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-733 CA-16 1185 Rec 1AD ex CAC 17/12/45. Rec 7AD S/R 15/01/46. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 28/08/47. Tfr to East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. In service East Sale (CFS) 1950 onwards. Accident 20/10/55 on main runway at East Sale. Nfds. Crew; Pilot: F/Sgt R L Bastin Serv# A37554 and F/O R W Hibben Serv#037568 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex East Sale 15/10/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-734 CA-16 1186 Rec 1AD ex CAC 07/01/46. Rec 7AD S/R 15/01/46. Cat B Storage 22/03/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 03/08/47. Tfr to East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50.Rec 1BFTS ex R/S East Sale 27/08/52. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal 10/07/53 Cat C Storage. Cat G 01/08/56. Approval to convert to components 16/12/56. Listed as scrap metal and SOC 31/05/57.
A20-735 CA-16 1187 Rec 1AD ex CAC 07/01/46. Rec 7AD S/R 15/01/46. Rec 99Sqn RAAF 17/01/46. Issued 482Sqn RAAF ex 99Sqn RAAF 17/04/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 482 Sqn RAAF 20/09/46. Rec 78 Wing RAAF ex CMU Tocumwal for BCOF Pilot Training 01/09/47. Accident 22/11/47 when forced landed due to fuel exhaustion at Bulga Strip whilst on cross country flight. Pilot, W/O R A May un-injured. Repaired. Accident 1310hrs 25/02/48 when aircraft was forced landed due to fuel shortage at Warkworth Strip, some 10 miles west of Singleton NSW. Pilot; F/Lt N Felmingham Serv#414666 and passenger not injured. Repaired. Rec CFS ex 78 Wing RAAF 09/04/48. Tfr to R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Rec 2AD ex R/S East Sale 25/06/51. Rec Det B 1AD ex 2AD 25/01/53. Rec 1BFTS ex Det B 1AD 19/03/52. Held R/S Cat B under cover 01/07/52. In U/E service 1BFTS 04/02/55. Accident 11/10/55 when undercarriage failed on landing at Uranquinty due to loose LBA Washers. Pilot: Flg Off L B Weymouth Serv#03427 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 14/02/57.Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-735

A20-736 CA-16 1188 Rec 1AD ex CAC 14/01/46. Rec 7AD S/R 05/04/46. Cat B Storage 05/04/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 12/08/47. Tfr to East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Accident 02/04/51 when landing striking wing tip on runway. Crew; F/Lt H V Hahn and F/O K K Wilson not injured. Repaired. Accident 27/07/53 with AAS when on take-off, engine seized with pilot making a forced wheels up landing at East Sale. Pilot; T/Plt (P3) Bruce Gogerly and W/O L Hill not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex R/S East Sale 04/10/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-737 CA-16 1189 Rec 1AD ex CAC 06/02/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 29/07/46. Rec CCU(F) Williamtown ex Tocumwal CMU 21/11/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex CCU(F) 29/01/47. Rec 78 Wing RAAF for BCOF Pilot training ex CMU Tocumwal 08/09/47. Rec CFS ex 78 Wing RAAF 06/04/48. Tfr to R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Rec 1BFTS ex R/S East Sale 27/03/52. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal 10/07/53 Cat C Storage. Cat G 01/08/56. Approval to convert to components 16/12/56. Listed as scrap metal and SOC 31/05/57.
A20-738 CA-16 1190 Rec 1AD ex CAC 06/02/46. To be stored Cat C 29/07/46. Rec Point Cook R/S ex 1AD 23/10/46. Rec CFS ex Point Cook R/S 12/02/47. Tfr to East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Accident 09/09/54 when landing during crosswind at East Sale when wing was dropped, scrapping on runway. Pilot: Plt Off D W Pinkstone Serv#02925 not injured. Repaired. In service East Sale to 1957. Rec Det B 1AD ex East Sale 13/02/57.Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 26/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-739 CA-16 1191 Rec 1AD ex CAC 12/02/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. Rec AAS (Air Armament School) ex CMU Tocumwal 28/10/46. Allocated CFS ex AAS 19/05/49. Canc. Allocated 30(T/T) Sqn ex CMS 15/03/49. Canc. Rec FTS ex AAS 08/08/49. Accident 03/11/49 when damaged on landing at Point Cook. Crew; Pilot T/Plt (P3) G H Kilby Serv#438315 and T/Plt G V Hollands Serv#450897 were un-injured. Repaired. Accident 1545hrs 23/08/50 when aircraft was forced landed wheels up at Werribee due to engine trouble. Pilot; Lt J A Matthew (RAN) not injured. Repaired. Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex FTS 01/03/51. Accident 06/03/51 when aircraft was forced landed 7 miles south of Ballan Vic. Pilot, PNA(P) A R Folbigg Serv#A35188 (RAN) not injured. Repaired. Accident 29/08/52 at Point Cook. NFDs. Pilot T/Plt D J Killin not injured. Repaired. Accident when aircraft was forced landed some 3 miles north of Geelong 03/05/57. Crew; T/Plt W J Shepherd Ser#A214552 and D M G Menzies not injured. Rec Det B 1AD ex Point Cook 22/12/58. Approval to dispose granted 21/05/59 with SRW Eng #11619. Sold to R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60.
A20-740 CA-16 1192 Rec 1AD ex CAC 19/02/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. Rec 2AD ex CMU Tocumwal per allocation to 81 Wing RAAF. Rec 81 Wing RAAF BCOF Japan ex 2AD 26/03/48. Was based with 77 Squadron RAAF in Japan. Rec 91 Wing ex 77 Sqn (F) RAAF 07/12/50. In service 91 Wing RAAF Japan 1950-1956 with 30 Transport Unit (Later 36Sqn RAAF) Japan. Approval granted to convert to components 27/03/56. SOC and residue disposed locally 23/04/56.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-740

A20-741 CA-16 1193 Rec 1AD ex CAC 19/02/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. Rec Darwin RAAF ex CMU Tocumwal 17/04/47. In Service Darwin RAAF Base Flight. Accident 03/12/52 when aircraft caught fire on engine start at Darwin Aerodrome. Pilot, W/O J V Turnbull was not injured. Repairable within Unit. Repaired. In Service Darwin RAAF Base Flight 1952-1957. Rec Det B 1AD ex Darwin RAAF 03/06/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58 with SRW Eng #367. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-742 CA-16 1194 Rec 1AD ex CAC 04/03/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46.Rec CFS ex CMU Tocumwal 20/09/46. Accident 23/01/48 when aircraft forced landed West Sale Aerodrome without damage. NFDs. Rec AAS ex CFS 12/08/49. Tfr R/S East Sale ex AAS 25/08/50. Accident 30/11/51 when aircraft made forced wheels up landing at East Sale. Pilot; F/Lt C S Pivash was un-injured. Repaired. Rec 1BFTS ex East Sale 27/03/52. Accident 12/07/55 with slight wing scrap on landing at Uranquinty. Pilot: F/O M A Outhwaite Serv#033837 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 14/02/57. Sold to CAC 04/12/58 with SRW Eng# 14882 . Delivered CAC 03/02/59. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-743 CA-16 1195 Rec 1AD ex CAC 12/03/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46.Rec Garbutt RAAF R/S ex CMU Tocumwal 31/03/47. Issued 10 Sqn (GR) RAAF ex Garbutt RAAF R/S 13/07/49. Accident 13/03/51 on landing at Townsville. NFDs. Pilot, F/Lt R A E Taylor Serv#05811 not injured. Repaired. Accident 30/01/52 when port mainplane struck ground on landing at Garbutt. Pilot, F/O Sharp and passenger not injured. Repaired. Accident when taxying aircraft collided with Bituman Machine at Garbutt. Pilot: Sgt D W Picton Serv#A216484 not injured. Repaired. Accident 14/10/56 when aircraft forced landed due to engine failure some 2.5 miles north west of Bluewater Creek and 14 miles north west of Garbutt FNQ. Pilot: F/O P J Reed Serv#035030 not injured. Rec Det B 1AD ex 10 Sqn RAAF at Garbutt 01/11/56. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal ex Det B 1AD (Garbutt)10/12/56. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58 with SRW Eng #16035. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 28/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-744 CA-16 1196 Rec 1AD ex CAC 19/03/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46.Rec Pearce RAAF R/S ex CMU Tocumwal 31/03/47. Rec 25Sqn (F) CAF ex Pearce RAAF 23/06/49. In service 25 Sqn (F) CAF 1949 to 1959. Rec Det B 1AD ex 25 Sqn (F) CAF 02/02/59. Approval granted for disposal 21/05/59 with SRW Eng#14909.The aircraft was sold to the R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60 Tocumwal.
A20-745 CA-16 1197 Rec 1AD ex CAC 26/03/46. To be stored Cat C 28/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. Rec 2AD ex CMU Tocumwal per allocation to 81 Wing RAAF 25/08/47. Rec 81 Wing RAAF BCOF Japan ex 2AD 26/03/48. Was based with 77 Squadron RAAF in Japan. Rec 91 (Composite) Wing ex 77 Sqn (F) RAAF 03/11/50. Accident circa 1000 hrs 16/06/52 when the aircraft struck power lines (at 80-90 feet) and crashed into the Hiji River near Nagahaka, (Shikoku) Japan. Crew; Sgt Sgt James Dargin Codd Serv#A33623 (30 (T) Unit RAAF ) was seriously injured (Broken leg and fingers) and Cpl Raymond James Waddell Serv#A2638 would later died of injuries. SRW Eng#18194. SOC 15/07/52.
A20-746 CA-16 1198 Rec 1AD ex CAC 10/04/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. Rec Darwin RAAF ex CMU Tocumwal 31/03/47. In Service Darwin RAAF Base Flight. Accident 29/01/54 whilst taxying when pilot braked causing aircraft to tip on nose damaging airscrew and cowl on taxyway Darwin RAAF. Pilot: Sgt J A W Laming A37575 not injured. Repaired. In Service Darwin RAAF Base Flight to 1957. Rec Det B 1AD ex Darwin RAAF 04/03/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58 with SRW Eng #367. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-746

A20-747 CA-16 1199 Rec 1AD ex CAC 17/04/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec AAS ex 1AD 03/10/46. Rec FTS ex AAS 06/07/49. Ground accident 1420hrs 03/02/50 at Point Cook when over primed engine on start causing fire damage to port fuselage fabric. Crew; T/Plt (P1) K N Martine Serv#421357 not injured and T/Plt (P3) L R Watkin Serv#440308 being slightly injured. Repaired. Accident 03/10/50 when stationary, A20-531 (T/Plt (P3) Kilby) taxied into aircraft at night.Tfr Point Cook Base Sqn ex FTS 01/03/51. Accident 28/02/51 when aircraft precautionary landing at AGRS Ballarat. Pilot; PNA(P) C A Dakin Serv#A39448 not injured. Repaired. Accident 21/10/54 when in flight, pilot exceeded maximum airspeed causing several panals to be lost in flight. Aircraft landed safely. Pilot, S/A/Cdt P J Reed Serv#A35030 not injured. Repaired. Accident 09/12/55 when aircraft suffered engine failure and forced landed wheels up approximately 10 miles north of Mortlake Vic. Pilot: PNA(P) K A Douglas Serv#A36551 (RAN) not injured. Rec 1AD ex Point Cook 23/11/56. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1AD 10/12/56 as Class 5. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. Delivered to CAC 24/05/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-747

A20-748 CA-16 1200 Rec 1AD ex CAC 08/05/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46.Rec Garbutt RAAF R/S Cat B ex CMU Tocumwal 04/12/47. Issued 10 Sqn (GR) RAAF ex Garbutt RAAF R/S 21/01/49. Accident 18/09/55 when landing at Garbutt Aerodrome. NFDs. Pilot: Sgt M J Edwards Serv#A37124 not injured. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal ex 10(MR) Sqn Garbutt 27/03/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60.
A20-749 CA-16 1201 Rec 1AD ex CAC 08/05/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. Rec 1APU ex CMU Tocumwal 10/10/46.Accident at Laverton on 25/05/49. NFDs. Pilot - F/O A J See not injured. Repaired. Rec ARDU (Mallalah Det) ex ARDU 16/06/49. Rec ARDU ex ARDU (Mallalah Det) 30/09/49. Rec ARDU Trials Flight ex ARDU Laverton 14/09/50. Rec CAC Fisherman Bend ex ADRU Trials Flight 24/08/51. Rec Det B 1AD ex CAC F/B 03/03/52. Issued 1BFTS ex Det B 1AD 20/03/52. Accident 20/04/53 on landing at Point Cook. NFDs. Pilot, F/Lt M J Tate not injured. Accident 05/05/54 on landing at Point Cook. NFDs. Pilot: PNA(P) A D Howelis Serv#A49440 not injured. Accident 17/02/56 in vicinity of Scarsdale engine began loosing power. On landing airscrew was damaged at Point Cook. NFDs. Pilot: T/Plt E D Stewart Serv#A114629 not injured. Repaired. Accident 1101 hrs 04/11/57 when aircraft was carrying out line astern chase at 4000 feet on lead aircraft, flicked in inverted position and then continued to flick until ground impact some 3 miles NW of Junee, NSW. Crew; Pilot Senior Air Cadet P A Vear Serv#N377258 and LAC Laclan Laird McLachlan Serv#A16464 were both killed. SOC 11/02/58.
A20-750 CA-16 1202 Rec 1AD ex CAC 08/05/46. To be stored Cat C 22/03/46. Ground accident at Laverton whilst during engine start fire damaged fuselage fabric. Airframe used as exhibit for Royal Adelaide Show (RAFO) 07/02/47 and returned 14/03/47. Repaired. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD (RAFO) 07/07/47. Rec 2AD ex CMU Tocumwal per allocation to 81 Wing RAAF 13/08/47. Rec 81 Wing RAAF BCOF Japan ex 2AD 26/03/48. Was based with 77 Squadron RAAF in Japan. Rec 91 (Composite) Wing ex 77 Sqn (F) RAAF 03/11/50. In service 91 (Composite) Wing RAAF Japan 1950-1952 with Transport Flight Japan. Accident 20/07/51 when aircraft was forced landed at Sahaya Japan (Lat 32'50" North and Long 130' 05" East). Crew; F/O K J Blight Serv#031569 and Passenger W/O A W McEachum were injured. SRW Eng #14144. Approval granted to convert to components 15/12/52. SOC and residue disposed locally 17/03/53.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-750

A20-751 CA-16 1203 Rec 1AD ex CAC 15/05/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. To be stored Cat B 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 20/09/46. Tfr to East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Rec 1BFTS ex R/S East Sale 27/03/52. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal 10/07/53 Cat C Storage. Cat G 01/08/56. Approval to convert to components 10/12/56. Listed as scrap metal and SOC 31/05/57.
A20-752 CA-16
CA-20
1204 Rec 1AD ex CAC 22/05/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/07/46. To be stored Cat B 29/07/46. Rec CFS ex Tocumwal CMU 20/08/46. Accident 1520hrs 08/12/47 when aircraft scrapped starboard wing on landing at East Sale. Pilot, FLt J M Nairns was not injured. Issued 1AD ex CFS 02/08/48. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1AD 09/02/50. Rec 2AD ex Det B 1AD 17/03/52.
Selected to be modified to CA-20 and transferred to the RAN 19/09/52.
Issued ex 2AD to Naval Station Nowra 01/10/52.
Released to Navy 25/08/52.
The aircraft wore the navy number 971 during service.
Retired from Navy service.
The aircraft was sold to Lund Aviation Pty Ltd.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-752

A20-753 CA-16 1205 Rec 1AD ex CAC 29/05/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/07/46. To be stored Cat B 29/07/46. Rec CCU(F) Williamtown ex Tocumwal CMU 23/09/46. Rec 78 (F) Wing ex CCU(F) 04/07/47. Rec CFS ex 78 (F) Wing 07/04/48. Tfr R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Accident 06/11/52 on take-off when engine failed with aircraft making forced landing at East Sale Aerodrome. Pilot, F/Lt Mackinder un-injured. Repaired. Accident 07/07/54 when aircraft was forced landed at East Sale. NFDs. Pilot: Flying Officer R D Guthrie Serv#O22139 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex East Sale 13/02/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60.
A20-754 CA-16 1206 Rec 1AD ex CAC 20/05/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/06/46. To be stored Cat B 29/07/46. Rec CCU(F) Williamtown ex Tocumwal CMU 23/09/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex CCU(F) 29/01/47. Rec 4 Sqn (AC) Canberra ACT ex CMU Tocumwal 21/01/48. Rec 3Sqn (F) RAAF when 4Sqn renumbered 01/03/48. Accident 0845hrs 28/08/48 when taxying along Runway 35 at Fisherman's Bend prior to take-off when aircraft pilot noticed object ( a single bale of hay), applied brakes, with the tail rising, released brakes and nosed over damaging the airscrew and port wing. Pilot; F/Lt William Hamilton Carter Serv#421532 (3 (F) Sqn) not injured. Repaired. In service 3 Sqn (F) RAAF to 1952. Issued R/S Canberra ex 3 (F) Sqn RAAF03/04/52. Rec 1BFTS ex 3 (F) Sqn 01/05/52. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 10/07/53. Cat G 01/08/56. Approval to convert to components 10/12/56. Listed as scrap metal and SOC 31/05/57.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-754

A20-755 CA-16 1207 Rec 1AD ex CAC 09/06/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 1AD 07/07/46. To be stored Cat B 29/07/46. Rec CCU(F) Williamtown ex Tocumwal CMU 23/09/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex CCU(F) 04/07/47. Rec 78 (F) Wing ex CMU Tocumwal 11/09/47. Rec CFS ex 78 (F) Wing 09/04/48. Tfr R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Accident 08/06/54 when aircraft was forced landed at Benalla aerodrome due to engine firing intermittently . Pilot: Flt Lt J Murray Serv#022053 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex East Sale 15/10/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58. Sold to R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-755

A20-756 CA-16 1208 Rec CMU Tocumwal direct ex CAC 12/07/46. To be stored Cat B 29/07/46. Rec CCU(F) Williamtown ex Tocumwal CMU 23/09/46. Rec 78 (F) Wing ex CCU(F) 26/06/47. Rec CFS ex 78 (F) Wing 06/04/48. Tfr R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Accident 20/01/55 when scrapped wing on landing at East Sale. Pilot: Sqn Ldr K C Andrews Serv# 029188 not injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex East Sale 17/01/57. Approval to dispose granted 30/10/58 with SRW Eng #14965. Sold to Horsham Foundry 11/06/59. Re-sold to CAC F/B 25/03/60. Delivered to CAC 31/05/60. No details are known at this stage on whether this aircraft was used in CAC Ceres production or for spares
A20-757 CA-16 1209 Rec CMU Tocumwal direct ex CAC 12/07/46. To be stored Cat B 29/07/46. Rec CCU(F) Williamtown ex Tocumwal CMU 23/08/46. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex CCU(F) 25/07/47. Rec 4 Sqn (AC) ex CMU Tocumwal 21/01/48. 4 Sqn (AC) renumbered 3 (F) Sqn 01/03/48. Rec 1BFTS ex 3 (F) Sqn 01/05/52. Accident 10/09/53 damage due to fuel leakage in flight near Uranquinty NSW. T/Plt D Shipman un-injured. Repaired. Rec Det B 1AD ex 1BFTS 14/02/57. Approval to dispose granted with SRW Eng#14698 30/10/58. Sold to R. H. Grant Trading Company 09/12/59. Delivered 12/02/60

Highlight for Album: Wirraway A20-757

A20-758 CA-16 1210 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-759 CA-16 1211 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-760 CA-16 1212 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-761 CA-16 1213 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-762 CA-16 1214 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-763 CA-16 1215 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-764 CA-16 1216 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-765 CA-16 1217 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-766 CA-16 1218 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-767 CA-16 1219 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-768 CA-16 1220 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-769 CA-16 1221 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-770 CA-16 1222 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-771 CA-16 1223 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
A20-772 CA-16 1224 Ordered but later cancelled prior to delivery.
CA9-763 CA-9 771 This has been positively identified by Derek Buckmaster as A20-570 (based on CAC records),
It was earlier thought to be A20-562 but this was based on the construction plate of -562 being incorrectly affixed to the airframe
Carried identification mark CA9-763. Used radio call sign VH-AAZ
Operated by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation as a Ceres pilot conversion trainer.
Dismantled at conclusion of Ceres program.
Known as "The Blue Wirraway" various parts have turned up being used in a number of Wirraway restorations.

Highlight for Album: Wirraway CA9-763

 
     

The Author of this page is Gordon Birkett.

Source: Australia/Townsville at War Website, Australian Aviation Magazine, Australian Aviation Annual 2001/2002, National Archives, Flightpath Magazine, Glory in Chaos, RAAF Wirraway Accident Data Cards, Darwins Air War, CASA Aircraft Records, Australian War Memorial Website and Photographs, Tom Trimble, Logbook of Roy F Goon.

Emails: Darryl Gibbs, Mark Pilkington, Alastair Hall, Daniel Leahy, Dean Norman, Chris Jamesson, Tony Broadhurst, Gordon Clarke, Gordon Birkett, Robert Brosing, Graham Smith, John Andrade, Bruce Hoy, Justin Taylan, Bill White, Leo Powning, Caroline Rode, Peter Smyth, Chris Goon, Jason Stagg, Bob Livingstone, Jan Forgsgren, Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan. Derek Buckmaster

 

Updated 6th January 2017

     

It is our policy to only show historical events, no current operational information will be displayed on this website.
 "The ADF-Serials team give permission to use the content of this page, excluding images, providing that it contains an acknowledgement to the adf-serials team and any other listed sources."