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  CA-8 Wirraway Serial Number A20-406  
RAAF
5 SFTS

Former Assignments
1 AD
ANA

Pilot  Sgt A. C. Dawson, 408672 (survived)
Observer
  P/O L H Farrow (WIA)

Ditched  March 17, 1943 at 10:40

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructor Number 608. Assigned to RAAF 1 AD on October 29, 1941. Next assigned to 5 SFTS on November 14, 1941 based at Uranquinty Airfield.

Wartime History
On December 10, 1941 took off on a training flight piloted by LAC D. Spowart landing at Uranquinty Airfield flipped on back through excessive use of brakes. Damaged were the fin, rudder, canopy, port wing tip, engine and airscrew. Afterwards, repaired.

On July 31, 1942 piloted by LAC N Sullivan, while performing aerobatics, the engine seized, and landed wheels up at Yarracundry Relief Landing Ground and was repaired afterwards.

On September 15, 1942 forced landed wheels up prior to landing at Uranquinty Airfield. Crew, F/O L K Harris and WAG Sgt I D Rendell were uninjured and the Wirraway was repaired afterwards.

Next on November 2, 1942 over shoot landing causing damage to mainplane when aircraft ground looped. P/O I T Wickens and P/O C Jones uninjured.

Afterwards returned to CAC on November 12, 1942 and then to ANA and 1 AD on on February 15, 1943 and assigned to RAAF Armaments School.

Mission History
On March 17, 1943 made a force landing into six inches of water 400 yards offshore of Lake Corangamite near Colac, Victoria. Officially stricken on May 11, 1943.

Wreckage
Rediscovered in 2005 when the aircraft was was exposed by receding water levels in Lake Corangamite and reported by Parks Victoria officers to Heritage Victoria. The site appears intact and remains mostly submerged.

References
RAAF Status Card - Wirraway A20-406
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-406
Newsletter of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) March 2008 [PDF]
Note: some sources incorrectly list this aircraft as Wirraway A20-405
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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