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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19462
Last updated: 20 August 2020
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Date:02-MAY-1943
Time:
Type:Taylorcraft Auster I
Owner/operator:43 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (43 OTU RAF)
Registration: LB295
C/n / msn: 165A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oatlands Hill, Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Old Sarum, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Destination airport:RAF Middle Wallop, Hampshire
Narrative:
Delivered to 20 MU RAF Aston Down on 2/9/42, before being issued to 653 Squadron on 12/9/42. During a test of the Verey pistol in a new position at Penshurst on 7/12/42, the cartridge 'star' was accidentally fired through the cockpit floor, setting fire to the aircraft. On the following day, LB295 was conveyed to Rearsby for repairs, after which it was re-delivered to 20 MU on 18/2/43, and released for 43 OTU on the 25/2/43.

On 2/5/43, LB295 was being flown at low level in poor weather conditions when it flew into the ground at Oatlands Hill, Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire. Conveyed to Taylorcraft Auster at Rearsby for repairs on 11/5/43.

Taylorcraft later considered the aircraft to be a write-off, and so LB295 was duly struck off charge on 31/5/43

Sources:

1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly, Vol 1 No 2 Summer 1975
2. http://www.auster.ukf.net/p01.htm
3. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=3649
4. http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/airfield-finder/oatlands-hill
5. http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1407573&sort=4&search=all&criteria=hangar&rational=q&recordsperpage=10&p=30&move=n&nor=311&recfc=0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
04-Feb-2013 18:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Jun-2013 09:16 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
30-Apr-2014 00:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
30-Apr-2014 00:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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