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  CA-16  Wirraway Serial Number A20-704  
RAAF
24 Squadron

Former Assignments
1 AD
7 AD

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Daniel Leahy 2001

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructor Number 1156.

Wartime History
On April 13, 1945 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-16 Wirraway serial number A20-704, delivered to No. 1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD). On April 30, 1945 received by No. 7 Aircraft Depot (7 AD) for conversion to a target tug. Rather than being converted, it was placed in storage at Tocumwal Airfield on June 25, 1945.

Post War
Remained in storage then assigned to 24 Squadron, then struck off charge in June 1959.

Today
Purchased by Murray Griffiths. Displayed at the Air World and later at Precision Aerospace at Wangaratta Airport. Painted in the markings of Wirraway A20-436. Registered in Australia as VH-BFO.

During 2014, purchased by Kermit Weeks / Fantasy of Flight (Weeks Air Museum). In October 2014, photos were shared on Kermit Weeks' Facebook page showing the disassembled aircraft being crated up for transport to the United States.

Kermit Weeks' Facebook Page - 'A Wirry on the Way!' Photo Album (October 8, 2014):
"This aircraft was owned by Murray Griffiths in Wangaratta, Australia and was part of a trade for a Sea Fury I sent down in trade for work that he was doing for me several years ago."

References
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-704
Kermit Weeks' Facebook Page - 'A Wirry on the Way!' Photo Album
RegoSearch - Wirraway A20-704

JetPhotos.net - Wirraway VH-BFO
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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