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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19498
Last updated: 14 November 2020
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Type:Taylorcraft Plus C2
Owner/operator:43 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (43 OTU RAF)
Registration: HL532
C/n / msn: 117
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1/4 mile S of Steeple Langford, Larkhill, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Old Sarum, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Destination airport:
First civil registered [C of R 9155/1] as G-AFVW on 5/7/1939 to Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Ltd., Thurmaston, Leicestershire (aircraft based at Ratcliffe Aerodrome, Leicestershire). C of A 6672 issued 22/7/39. Registration G AFVW cancelled/lapsed 22/7/39.

Sold on and registration restored [C of R 9155/2] on 1/8/39 to Coventry (Civil) Aviation Ltd., Whitley Aerodrome, Whitley, Coventry, Warwickshire.

Civil registration G-AFVW cancelled when impressed into military service on 9/9/1941 as HL532. Issued to 1424 Flight, RAF at Old Sarum, Wiltshire. To Taylorcraft at Thurmaston, Leicestershire 23/2/42 for modifications to C/2 standard. Returned to service after completion of this work 13/3/42 with 651 Squadron, RAF. Transferred to 652 Squadron on 18/8/42. Following another transfer, HL531 was issued to 43 OTU on 8/11/42,

Written off (Damaged beyond repair) in a flying accident near Larkhill, Wiltshire on 21/11/1942. Crashed 1/4 mile south of Steeple Langford, when a 43 OTU pilot misjudged the height of a hill, and the climbing capability of the aircraft, while message dropping from fifty feet. Struck off charge 28/1/43 as Cat.E1


1. Mike Draper Auster Quarterly Vol 1 No 4 Winter/spring 1976 at

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
08-Dec-2012 08:36 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, Departure airport]
29-Apr-2014 01:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2018 18:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2018 18:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
25-Feb-2018 18:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Nov-2018 20:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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