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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19490
Last updated: 31 July 2020
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Type:Taylorcraft Plus C1
Owner/operator:651 Squadron Royal Air Force (651 Sqn RAF)
Registration: HH983
C/n / msn: 120
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mersley Down, Newport, Isle of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
First registered [C of R 9158/1] on 5/7/39 as G-AFVZ to Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Ltd., Thurmaston, Leicestershire (aircraft based at Ratcliffe Aerodrome, Leicestershire). Registration cancelled/lapsed 3/8/39. C of A 6674 issued 5/8/39. Sold on and re-registered [C of R 9158/2] on 18/8/39 to Derby Aero Club, Burnaston, Derbyshire.

Withdrawn from use and stored at Burnaston from 4/9/39 when all private civilian flying was prohibited due to the outbreak of WW II. Impressed into military service as HH983 on 31/8/1941. Civil registration G-AFVZ cancelled 27/9/41.

In use with 651 Squadron after its impressment until 11/11/41 when during a recce flight for suitable landing grounds, it flew into a hillside at Mersley Down, Newport, Isle of Wight. Aircraft was written off (damaged beyond repair) and HH983 was struck off charge on 3/12/41 at Cat.E1


1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly Vol 1 No 1 Spring 1975 at

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
07-Dec-2012 13:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 12:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
29-Apr-2014 18:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2018 21:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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