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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17990
Last updated: 18 January 2020
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Date:05-JUN-1952
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic AUS6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster AOP Mk.6
Owner/operator:656 Squadron / 1903 (AOP) Flt Royal Air Force (656 Sqn / 1903 (AOP) Flt RAF)
Registration: VF664
C/n / msn: 2868
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Korea -   South Korea
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Shot down by AAA fire, which severed the rudder cable. Aircraft stalled and crashed into a cliff. Pilot - Capt. B.T. Luscombe - was killed on impact. Per a contemporary newspaper report:

"PILOT KILLED
Korea, Sunday.- Captain B. T. Luscombe, an Australian Army pilot who flew hundreds of hours over the Communist front lines in an unarmed plane, has been killed. He was the only Australlian in an air observation group which directs the Commonwealth Division's guns from the air.

Captain Luscombe, of Cronulla, Sydney, called by the troops "The DiggerPilot," had been flying in
Korea since last October. His light Auster plane crashed after being hit by anti-aircraft fire."

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20111202084232/http://www.kmike.com:80/oz/Breen/FrameB/3.htm
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.656squadron.org/RollofHonour.swf]
https://www.awm.gov.au//collection/HOBJ3133/
http://www.auster.ukf.net/p28.htm
http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=2760
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/49246389


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
19-Jun-2009 13:07 harro Updated
25-Feb-2012 00:45 Dr, John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2012 00:45 Dr, John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2012 01:49 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
08-Mar-2013 16:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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