Commonwealth CA-12, CA-13, CA-14, CA-19 Boomerang
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Commonwealth CA-12, CA-13, CA-14, CA-19 Boomerang

The Boomerang was a single-seat fighter monoplane incorporating the principal features of the Wirraway, including the rectangular centre-section and tapering outer-section wings, retractable landing gear and tail unit. Designed and produced after the Japanese entered World War II as an emergency measure to strengthen the RAAF, 250 were built between 1942 and 1944 in four versions. Although not as good as the latest Japanese fighters, Boomerangs were successfully operated in New Guinea and elsewhere and also performed ground attack, target marking and reconnaissance duties.

Commonwealth CA-12, CA-13, CA-14, CA-19 Boomerang

 ENGINE1 x Pratt-Whitney R-1830-S3C4 Twin Wasp, 895kW
    Take-off weight3742 kg8250 lb
    Loaded weight2437 kg5373 lb
    Wingspan10.97 m36 ft 0 in
    Length7.77 m26 ft 6 in
    Height2.92 m10 ft 7 in
    Wing area20.90 m2224.97 sq ft
    Max. speed491 km/h305 mph
    Ceiling10350 m33950 ft
    Range w/max.fuel2575 km1600 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 20mm cannons, 4 x 7.7mm machine-guns

Commonwealth CA-12, CA-13, CA-14, CA-19 BoomerangA three-view drawing (610 x 886)

TORBJÍRN KAMPE, 18.10.2015


Tony Tubbenhauer, 28.10.2011

1945 I was flying a Liberator out of the Test Pilots Unit at Laverton dropping live bombs by radar on a rock in Bass Strait.Talking to a Boomerang test pilot in the mess,he'd taken off,climbed hard to 4000 feet,there was a big bang,he found himself still strapped in the seat with the rest of the Boomer falling away.Said he unclipped his harness,kicked the seat away,opened his chute.hat was one Boomerang that didn't come back.I flew Wirras there too.They offered a Spitfire and Mustang.Newly married,much in love,back from 3 years ops in the Middle East I said thanks but no thanks,reckoning that my good luck so far may be getting a bit shopsoiled.

laozhu, 21.06.2011

Further confusion identifies the aircraft as Wirraway, one even cited the Boomerang SN. Others claim the pilot died. Any comment

, 21.06.2011

Commonwealth CA-12, CA-13, CA-14, CA-19 Boomerang

Barry, 16.11.2010

Strong, manoeverable and not necessarily totally outclassed by the Japanese, this plane was designed by a team led by Wing Commander Laurence J. Wackett, whome I presume gave his name to the trainer mentioned elsewhere on this site. The 1200 h.p. Twin Wasp was the only engine that was available to the Australians at that time and must have curtailed the performance somewhat. 105 CA12s were produced follwed by 95 CA13s and 49 CA19s. The CA14 featured a turbo charged engine and a square cut tail.

airboss, 07.10.2010

Sanders aircraft of Chino, CA built a CA-13 A46-139 in the 1990s.

carl wollaston, 08.05.2010

did the boomerang manage to hold off the japs long enough to save Australia

Doug Tilley, 06.01.2010

The Pilot, F/O Stewart bellied landed the Boomerang on an airstrip, he suffered minor facial injuries ,

Jeff Kenneday, 27.07.2008

From ADF Serials
A46-136 CA-13 959 09/43 served with 4 Sqn; on 15/11/43 it was flying back to base when a USAAF P-38 Lightning piloted by Lt Gerald R Johnson of 9 FS (who became the 5th Air Force's 4th highest scoring ace with 22 victories) fired a burst into the port side hitting mainplane and port tailplane with the aircraft lurching to starboard and lost height finally recovering at 500ft but with the port mainplane on fire and cannon ammunition exploding it was travelling too fast to land so F/O Robert McColl Stewart (408505) lifted the a/c over the river at the strip end belly landed into scrub whereupon it burst into flames and was totally destroyed and all this happened even though it was accompanied by A46-132 and two P-40s; it was converted to components and Lt Johnson had an Australian flag painted on the nose of his P-38 along with his Japanese victories.

Q, 14.06.2008

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Philip O. Richart, 07.02.2007

Lt Col Gerald R. Johnson's P-38L of the 49th Fighter Group sported 25 flags at the end of the war, 24 Japanese and 1 Australian. The incident occurred on 15 November 1943 and evidently involved Boomerang A46-136 of No. 4 Squadron, lost that date. My understanding is that pilot survived. The story becomes garbled at this point. One source claimed he parachuted and another that he crash-landed. Further confusion identifies the aircraft as Wirraway, one even cited the Boomerang SN. Others claim the pilot died. Any comment? Phil.

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