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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19473
Last updated: 10 November 2020
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Date:10-JUL-1947
Time:day
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:John Black Mustarde (regd. owner)
Registration: G-AHAH
C/n / msn: 199
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Musbury, 2⁄₂ miles from Axminster, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Exeter, Devon (EXT/EGHE)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Ex-RAF Taylorcraft LB340. Stored at Rearsby with LB335 on 30/10/42, until released for 652 Squadron on 12/12/42. On 23/2/43, it was transferred to 655 Squadron and shortly afterwards, on 7/4/43 to 657 Squadron. A move to RAF Dunsfold took place on 10/5/43 where LB340 was used by both 400 and 430 Squadrons.

However, only five days after its arrival at Dunsfold a 430 Squadron pilot was taxying LB340 along the grass beside the runway to avoid damaging the tail-skid, but unfortunately the starboard wheel fell into a hole, causing the aircraft to tip onto its nose! During January 1944, LB340 suffered another accident causing its removal to Rearsby for repairs on 25/1/44, after which it was delivered to 20 MU for storage on 21/6/44. Finally, on 11/1/46 LB340 was sold to Taylorcraft Auster and civilianised as G-AHAH. First registered as such (C of R 9883/1; C of A 7424) on 1/2/46 to Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Ltd, Thurmaston Works, Leicester.

Converted to civilian Taylorcraft Plus D and sold on 3/4/46 to Arthur Frank Earys, Oakham, Rutland (based at Rearsby, Leicestershire). Sold on, and re-registered 27/6/46 to Cecil William Blakely, Costerworth, Grantham, Lincolnshire. Sold again 10/2/47, and re-registered 2/4/47 to John Black Mustarde, Nottingham.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Musbury, 2⁄₂ miles from Axminster, Devon on 10/7/47. Registration G-AHAH cancelled 16/8/48 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly, Vol 1 no 3 Winter 1975: http://www.austerhg.org/auster_mags/Auster%20Quarterly%20Volume%201%20Number%202.pdf
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHAH.pdf
3. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=80
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musbury


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
09-Dec-2012 10:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Apr-2014 02:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Apr-2014 02:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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