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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19456
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Type:Taylorcraft Auster I
Owner/operator:Joseph Lionel Merrick
Registration: G-AHUH
C/n / msn: 150
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ballard Down, Purbeck Hills, near Swanage, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Compton Abbas, Dorset (EGHA)
Destination airport:
Taylorcraft Model D Auster I G-AHUH: Ex-RAF LB279. As such, Delivered to 20 MU RAF Aston Down, Gloucestershire, 13/8/42, before being issued to 653 Squadron on 26/8/42. An accident on 7/3/43 at Scotts Farm ALG, Berkshire when while landing into the sun, LB279 hit a hidden slit trench and overturned, caused its return to Taylorcraft on 23/3/43 for repairs.

On 3/8/43 it was released for 2 TAF Communications Flight, but in fact used by 34 Wing Communications Flight. While at Odiham on August 20th, a pilot opened the throttle with the parking brake still on causing LB279 to tip onto its nose, damaging the engine and cowl. On 21/2/44, it was transferred to 83 Group, and was issued to the RAF Turnhouse Station Flight on 15/3/44. Two months later it was returned to 20 MU Aston Down on 7/ 5/44 where it was found to be Cat.B and duly conveyed to Rearsby for repair on 5/6/44. For a third time, it was re-delivered to 20 MU RAF Aston Down, on 3/8/44, and subsequently issued to RAF Northolt, on 29/5/45.

Finally, LB279 was flown to 5 MU RAF Kemble for disposal, and was sold to the Royal Flying Club on 16/5/46, and civilainised as G-AHUH. First registered (C of R 10353/1; C of A 8076) 5 June 1946 to the Royal Artillery Aero Club Ltd., Whitehall, London SW1. Registration cancelled 20 March 1949

Registration restored (C of R 10353/2) on 13 April 1949 to Joseph Lionel Merrick, Wareham, Dorset.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Ballard Down, Purbeck Hills, near Swanage, Dorset, on 17 July 1949. Registration cancelled same day (17 July 1949) by the Secretary of State, Air Ministry due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"


1. Auster Quarterly Vol.1 No.2 Summer 1975:
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 217/2547:
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 217/2566:

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
10-Dec-2012 11:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 17:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 17:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Dec-2019 16:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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