Incident Taylorcraft Auster Plus D G-AHAH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19473
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Date:Thursday 10 July 1947
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:John Black (Clark) Mustarde (regd. owner)
Registration: G-AHAH
MSN: 199
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Musbury, 2¹⁄₂ miles from Axminster, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Exeter Airport, Exeter, Devon (EXT/EGHE)
Destination airport:
Ex-RAF Taylorcraft LB340. Stored at Rearsby with LB335 on 30/10/42, until released for 652 Squadron on 12/12/42. On 23/2/43, it was transferred to 655 Squadron and shortly afterwards, on 7/4/43 to 657 Squadron. A move to RAF Dunsfold took place on 10/5/43 where LB340 was used by both 400 and 430 Squadrons.

However, only five days after its arrival at Dunsfold a 430 Squadron pilot was taxying LB340 along the grass beside the runway to avoid damaging the tail-skid, but unfortunately the starboard wheel fell into a hole, causing the aircraft to tip onto its nose! During January 1944, LB340 suffered another accident causing its removal to Rearsby for repairs on 25/1/44, after which it was delivered to 20 MU for storage on 21/6/44. Finally, on 11/1/46 LB340 was sold to Taylorcraft Auster and civilianised as G-AHAH. First registered as such (C of R 9883/1; C of A 7424) on 1/2/46 to Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Ltd, Thurmaston Works, Leicester.

Converted to civilian Taylorcraft Plus D and sold on 3/4/46 to Arthur Frank Earys, Oakham, Rutland (based at Rearsby, Leicestershire). Sold on, and re-registered 27/6/46 to Cecil William Blakely, Costerworth, Grantham, Lincolnshire. Sold again 10/2/47, and re-registered 2/4/47 to John Black (Clark) Mustarde, Nottingham.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Musbury, 2¹⁄₂ miles from Axminster, Devon on 10/7/47. Registration G-AHAH cancelled 16/8/48 as "destroyed"

Musbury is a village and civil parish in the East Devon district of Devon, England. It lies approximately 2 miles (3 km) away from Colyton and 2+1⁄2 miles (4 km) away from Axminster, the nearest towns


1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly, Vol 1 no 3 Winter 1975:


Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
09-Dec-2012 10:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Apr-2014 02:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Apr-2014 02:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-May-2023 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [[Narrative]]
30-Aug-2023 14:19 Anon. Updated [[[Narrative]]]

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