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  CA-13 Boomerang Serial Number A46-174 Code QE-Y
RAAF
4 Squadron


RAAF May 18, 1944

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Justin Taylan 2011

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) constructors number 997. Assigned to the RAAF during January 1944. Assigned to 4 Squadron and coded coded QE-Y to Flight Officer Stan Bromhead.

Wartime History
On May 18, 1944 ground looped after landing at Cape Gloucester Airfield. It was then transported to Nadzab for repairs by a RAAF salvage unit at Newton Field (Nadzab No. 4).  There, it was abandoned as it was too damaged to repair.

Wreckage
Center section remained in situ until the middle 1970s.

Salvage
The center section salvaged by Charles Darby, and recovered to Lae in the mid-1970s.

Charles Darby recalls:
"Someone in Lae told us that 'there's nothing left at Nadzab'. Being a cantankerous old bugger who doesn't necessarily believe anything he's told, I decided that we would go and look for ourselves. In the course of one afternoon we found the remains of about 30 aircraft ranging from CG-4A assault gliders to a B-25, and including four Boomerangs of which A46-174 was one. David [Tallichet] later decided he did not want the Boomerangs, so Armstrong and I later shared them out amongst ourselves."

This aircraft was sold to Kermit Weeks and transported to the Fantasy of Flight where it is was on display unrestored. As of 2010, placed into storage.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 22 (upper & left)
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-174
Australian War Memorial Collection Database - Item No P02531.021

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January 31, 2018

 

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