Incident Taylorcraft Auster I G-AHUH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19456
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Date:Sunday 17 July 1949
Type:Taylorcraft Auster I
Owner/operator:Joseph Lionel Merrick
Registration: G-AHUH
MSN: 150
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Ballard Down, Purbeck Hills, near Swanage, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset (EGHA)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Taylorcraft Model D Auster I G-AHUH: Ex-RAF LB279. As such, Delivered to 20 MU RAF Aston Down, Gloucestershire, 13/8/42, before being issued to 653 Squadron on 26/8/42. An accident on 7/3/43 at Scotts Farm ALG, Berkshire when while landing into the sun, LB279 hit a hidden slit trench and overturned, caused its return to Taylorcraft on 23/3/43 for repairs.

On 3/8/43 it was released for 2 TAF Communications Flight, but in fact used by 34 Wing Communications Flight. While at Odiham on August 20th, a pilot opened the throttle with the parking brake still on causing LB279 to tip onto its nose, damaging the engine and cowl. On 21/2/44, it was transferred to 83 Group, and was issued to the RAF Turnhouse Station Flight on 15/3/44. Two months later it was returned to 20 MU Aston Down on 7/ 5/44 where it was found to be Cat.B and duly conveyed to Rearsby for repair on 5/6/44. For a third time, it was re-delivered to 20 MU RAF Aston Down, on 3/8/44, and subsequently issued to RAF Northolt, on 29/5/45.

Finally, LB279 was flown to 5 MU RAF Kemble for disposal, and was sold to the Royal Flying Club on 16/5/46, and civilianised as G-AHUH. First registered (C of R 10353/1; C of A 8076) 5/6/46 to the Royal Artillery Aero Club Ltd., Whitehall, London SW.1. Registration cancelled 20/3/49

Registration restored (C of R 10353/2) on 13/4/49 to Joseph Lionel Merrick, Wareham, Dorset.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Ballard Down, Purbeck Hills, near Swanage, Dorset, on 17/7/49. Registration cancelled same day (17/7/49) by the Secretary of State, Air Ministry due to "destruction or permanent withdrawal from use of aircraft"


1. Auster Quarterly Vol.1 No.2 Summer 1975:
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 217/2547:
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 217/2566:

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
10-Dec-2012 11:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 17:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 17:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Dec-2019 16:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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