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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19459
Last updated: 21 April 2020
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Date:16-APR-1943
Time:
Type:Taylorcraft Auster I
Owner/operator:657 Squadron Royal Air Force (657 Sqn RAF)
Registration: LB324
C/n / msn: 183
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Newton, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Westley, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Delivered to 654 Squadron on 5/ 10/ 42, but transferred to 652 Squadron on 27/ 10/ 42.
On 12/12/42 it was flown to 47 MU RAF Sealand, Cheshire, where it remained until released for 656 Squadron on 20/3/43. On 15/4/43, LB324 passed to 657 Squadron, but was written-off the following day, when its pilot approached a field near the village of Newton, Suffolk too fast, and attempted to go round again. Unfortunately, the aircraft flew into telegraph wires downwind and crashed, killing the pilot

Sources:

1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly Vol 1 No 2 Summer 1975
2. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=80
3. http://www.auster.ukf.net/p01.htm
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?8216-430416-Unaccounted-airmen-16-4-1943
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton,_Suffolk


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
04-Feb-2013 18:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 17:17 Nepa Updated [Operator]
30-Apr-2014 00:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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