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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18001
Last updated: 22 October 2019
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Date:12-MAY-1953
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic AUS6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster AOP.6
Owner/operator:1903 Flt Royal Air Force (1903 Flt RAF)
Registration: VF574
C/n / msn: 2532
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Imjin River, Korea -   South Korea
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort George, Korea
Destination airport:Fort George, Korea
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 12/5/1953: sustained engine trouble, hit overhead cables during low-level reconnaissance and crashed into the Imjin River, Korea.

Per eyewitness report: "The one exception however which had a profound effect upon everyone in the flight, was the death of Leading Aircraftman L.A.C. Goodfield. In his last letter home my father recounted the episode: Goodfield had gone up with Major Ken Perkins on a regular sortie but on their way back experienced some engine trouble. They limped home but did not quite make the airstrip. They came down in the Imjin River swollen by winter floods and the aircraft flipped over onto its back. Ken Perkins managed to get clear but Goodfield got tangled up with some flotsam, was carried swiftly downstream and drowned."

Crew - one killed, one survived:
Army Pilot (Captain)Major Ken Perkins - survived OK
Leading Aircraftman K. Goodfield 4087544 (Observer) Drowned

Sources:

[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.656squadron.org/Recollections/FortGeorge.html]
http://www.auster.ukf.net/p25.htm
http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=2429
http://web.archive.org/web/20140820102958/http://britains-smallwars.com:80/korea/roh-korea/raf.html

www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=VF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
05-May-2011 09:05 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Narrative]
08-Mar-2013 15:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Mar-2013 15:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
06-May-2013 14:37 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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