THE LOSS OF WIRRAWAY A20-212  

On the 30th of December 1950 at 11:00 in the morning, 23 Squadrons Wirraway A20-212 crashed onto Maroochydore Beach while on Shark Patrol.   
The GPS position is S26 39.533S 153 06.195E.
This Wirraway was no stranger to drama.   On 19 Mar 43 while assigned to 7 SFTS, she had suffered an engine failure and a resultant forced landing.   However, on that occasion the pilot was uninjured and the aircraft repaired.  The accident at Maroochydore clearly destroyed the aircraft although ultimately the engine, a Pratt and Whitney Wasp, was considered to be only 50% damaged and therefore repairable.

It appears that, in 1950 23 Squadron based at RAAF Archerfield was engaged in shark spotting as a service to the community, the result of a request by no less than the Acting Prime Minister Arthur Fadden (later Sir Arthur Fadden).    There had been two shark attacks in the previous fortnight, one being fatal, and there was,he said, concern for the safety of the populous.   Certainly the Wirraway, with an excellent view from both the cockpits,


On the 30th of December 1950 at 11:00 in the morning, 23 Squadrons Wirraway A20-212 crashed onto Maroochydore Beach while on Shark Patrol.
The GPS position is S26 39.533S 153 06.195E.
This Wirraway was no stranger to drama. On 19 Mar 43 while assigned to 7 SFTS, she had suffered an engine failure and a resultant forced landing. However, on that occasion the pilot was uninjured and the aircraft repaired. The accident at Maroochydore clearly destroyed the aircraft although ultimately the engine, a Pratt and Whitney Wasp, was considered to be only 50% damaged and therefore repairable.

It appears that, in 1950 23 Squadron based at RAAF Archerfield was engaged in shark spotting as a service to the community, the result of a request by no less than the Acting Prime Minister Arthur Fadden (later Sir Arthur Fadden). There had been two shark attacks in the previous fortnight, one being fatal, and there was,he said, concern for the safety of the populous. Certainly the Wirraway, with an excellent view from both the cockpits,


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