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  CA-6 Wackett Serial Number A3-139  
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Pilot ┬áJames Knight (missing)
MIA  January 14, 1962

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors Number 373. Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Post War
On October 1, 1945 offered for sale without an engine by CDCat Ballarat Airfield. Sold to Huppert and Co for 20 Pounds during March 1946. Registered as VH-BEC on April 10, 1953 until 1955. Then again registered from 1959 until 1962 when it was lost.

Crash
On January 14, 1962 took off from Ceduna, bound for Cook, Sout Australia, but failed to arrive and was never seen again.

Wreckage
Discovered accidentally on March 28, 1965, two hundred miles North of Cook. Knight had remained with the aircraft after it force-landed and inscribed a diary and his last will and testament onto the fuselage panels. The last diary entry was made on January 20, 1962, meaning he survived for at least six days after the crash. The crash site investigation determined the mounting for the magnetic compass was loose and displayed headings that were 30 degrees in error.

Recovery & Display
During 1977, the wreckage was recovered and is displayed at the Central Australian Aviation Museum.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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