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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19495
Last updated: 20 May 2020
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Date:25-SEP-1942
Time:day
Type:Taylorcraft Plus C2
Owner/operator:651 Squadron Royal Air Force (651 Sqn RAF)
Registration: HH985
C/n / msn: 115
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Shrewton to Tilshead Road, Old Sarum, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Old Sarum, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First civil registered as G-AFVB on 23/6/1939 [C of R 9135/1] to the Luton Flying Club Ltd., Luton Airport, Luton, Bedfordshire.

Civil registration G-AFVB cancelled, and aircraft impressed into military service as HH985 on 31/8/1941. HH985 was flown to Taylorcraft at Rearsby on 7/11/41 from the R.A.E. at Farnborough where it had been on detachment since 18/9/41 for experimental wireless trials. One of the problems encountered during the early A.O.P. exercises was the ability of the 'enemy' to listen in to pilot-to-gunner transmissions, and the aircraft was used at Farnborough in an effort to seek an effective wireless screening device.

At Rearsby HH985 was modified to Taylorcraft C/2 specficiation between 1/4/42 and 29/4/42. After its conversion to Model C/2 standard, HH985 was returned to 651 Squadron at Old Sarum.

Damaged in an accident on 28/6/42, which occurred east of Otterburn, Northumberland, when a pilot landed in a rough field. (The incident is also reported as taking place on 29/6/42).

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed on 25/2/43; the pilot allowed his speed to drop too low while on approach to a field, and spun into the ground from an altitude of thirty feet over the Shrewton to Tilshead road, near Old Sarum in Wiltshire

Sources:

1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly Vol 1 No 4 Winter/Spring 1976 at http://austerhg.org/auster_mags/Auster%20Quarterly%20Volume%201%20Number%201.pdf
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/80-register-gb-g-af
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AFVB.pdf
4. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A11.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
08-Dec-2012 07:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 13:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]
29-Apr-2014 01:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2018 23:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2018 23:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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