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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) during 1945. Constructor Number 1156.

Wartime History
On April 13, 1945 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and delivered to No. 1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD).

On April 30 it was received by No. 7 Aircraft Depot for conversion to a target tug. Rather than being converted it was placed in storage with No. 7 AD at Tocumwal Airfield on June 25.

Post War
After the war, remained in storage for some time. Operated by 24 Squadron, then struck off charge during June 1959.

Purchased by Murray Griffiths. Displayed at the Air World museum and later the Precision Aerospace hangar at Wangaratta Airport, Victoria. Painted in the markings of Wirraway A20-436, the aircraft was listed on the Australian civil register as VH-BFO until some time before 2012.

Today
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.

According to Kermit Weeks' Facebook page (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 his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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