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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18063
Last updated: 19 July 2019
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Date:27-JAN-1951
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic AUS6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster AOP.6
Owner/operator:651 Squadron / 1910 Flt Royal Air Force (651 Sqn / 1910 Flt RAF)
Registration: VX106
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barentu -   Eritrea
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Barentu, Eritrea
Destination airport:
Narrative:
When the UN discussed the future of territory, in 1950, matters became worse, and to better support the EPFF, the British were forced to deploy also No.1910 Flight, equipped with Auster AOP.6s, from Tripoli to Agordat and Barentu, to fly reconnaissance-, liaison- and supply sorties. Austers also acted as forward controllers, designating targets for Tempests. Brigand light bombers of No.8 Squadron, and Spitfire FR.18s of No.208 Squadron from Aden and Fayid, respectively, were deployed to Asmara in August of the same year, and their detachments remained in Eritrea until summer 1951. Spitfires were subsequently replaced by Meteor FR.Mk.9s, and these were very active in support role later in 1951.

During these operations, VX106 flew into hill attempting to climb out of the valley at Barentu, Eritrea, on 27/1/1951

Sources:

http://www.auster.ukf.net/p38.htm
http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=174
http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=4209
http://www.acig.info/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=137&Itemid=47


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
10-Nov-2012 14:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 13:32 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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