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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19459
Last updated: 21 April 2020
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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
Departure airport:RAF Westley, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Destination airport:
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


1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly Vol 1 No 2 Summer 1975

Revision history:

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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