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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19483
Last updated: 18 May 2020
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Date:26-APR-1945
Time:
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:126 Squadron Royal Air Force (126 Sqn RAF)
Registration: LB335
C/n / msn: 194
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Hunsdon, Hertfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk
Narrative:
Initially, LB335 was put into storage at Taylorcraft Auster, Rearsby, Leicestershire on 29/10/42, but, after only a month, was delivered to 654 Squadron on 20/11/42. After a brief period at 47 MU, RAF Sealand, Cheshire, it was allotted to 656 Squadron on 23/3/43, but was transferred to 43 OTU on 7/4/43.

On 5/2/44, LB335 was flown to 20 MU RAF Aston Down for long-term storage until released for 501 Squadron on 16/3/45.

On 26/4/45 it was allotted to 126 Squadron, but when arriving at RAF Bentwaters the same day, LB335 tipped onto its nose after hitting a tree stump while taxying across a grass area. Initially, damage was restricted to Cat.A(C), but, after return to Taylorcraft Auster at Rearsby on 10/5/45 it was re-categorised E on the 29/5/45 and struck off charge on 14/6/45

Sold to Auster Aircraft Ltd, and civil registered to them as G-AHSE on 24/8/1946. However, civil registration G-AHSE cancelled by the CAA on 24/10/1947 as "dismantled". This would indicate that LB335 was not converted for civilian use, and was instead broken up for spares at Rearsby

Sources:

1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly, Vol 1 No 3 Winter 1975
2. http://www.auster.ukf.net/p01.htm
3. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AHSE.pdf
4. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=80


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
08-Dec-2012 07:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 13:21 Nepa Updated [Operator]
30-Apr-2014 01:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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