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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 165873
Last updated: 14 November 2020
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Type:Taylorcraft Auster I
Owner/operator:183 Squadron Royal Air Force (183 Sqn RAF)
Registration: LB328
C/n / msn: 187
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Barrow Gurney, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Swansea
Destination airport:RAF Barrow Gurney, Somerset
Delivered to 652 Squadron 11/10/42, but flown to 47 MU RAF Sealand, Cheshire, on 12/12/42 for packaging, and taken to Glasgow docks on 21/1/43 for shipment. However, LB328 remained in the UK and returned to 652 Squadron on 8/2/43 until passed on to 656 Squadron on 20/3/43. On 24/4/43, a move was made to 400 Squadron at Dunsfold for a brief period until transferred to 430 Squadron on 19/5/43.

A return to 20 MU was made during April 1944, but on 3/5/44, LB328 was found to have sustained Cat.B damage, necessitating a return to Taylorcraft Auster at Rearsby on the 19/5/44 for repairs.

On 7/7/44, LB328 was allotted to 84 Group Communications Squadron. Much later, on 13/3/45 it was taken over by 124 Squadron, and from 31/8/45 by 183 Squadron. Finally, on 3/11/45, a 183 Squadron pilot encountered unexpected bad weather and was forced to land in a small field near Barrow Gurney, Somerset. Unfortunately the aircraft hit a hedge on approach and turned over.

Initially, damage was confined to Cat.B, but on 7/12/45, LB328 was declared a write-off and struck off charge. This may have been connected to the fact that 183 Squadron was disbanded on 15/11/45 (twelve days after the accident) and was re-numbered 43 Squadron, RAF, making the damaged LB328 surplus to requirements


1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly, Vol 1 No 2 Summer 1975

Revision history:

30-Apr-2014 01:16 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Nov-2014 07:09 Glock G19 Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
23-Jul-2015 23:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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