Incident Taylorcraft Auster Plus D G-AGZN,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19474
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Date:Sunday 25 January 1948
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:William Horace Ledbetter
Registration: G-AGZN
MSN: 178
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Rearsby, Charnwood, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rearsby, Charnwood, Leicestershire
Destination airport:Walsall Airport, Walsall, Staffordshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Originally built as the prototype Model E (Auster AOP.III) with Gipsy Major installation, and delivered as such to the A&AEE at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire on 27/10/42. Thereupon it seemed to spend much of its time between Boscombe Down and Rearsby; to Rearsby 4/12/42, back to Boscombe Down 17/12/ 42, Rearsby (again) 30/4/43, Boscombe Down 16/5/43.

On 17/6/43 it was despatched to 20 MU RAF Aston Down, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire for storage, but later, on 13/9/43, it was flown to Rearsby for conversion to Auster AOP.1 standard, returning to 20 MU Aston Down on 4/12/ 43 where it remained stored there until 1/12/45 when transferred to 5 MU RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire for disposal. On 11/1/46, LB319 was struck off charge and was sold to Brockhouse Ltd., of West Bromwich.

Became G-AGZN on 23/1/1946 (C of R 6865/1; C of A 7415) with registered owner John Leslie Brookhouse, West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Aircraft's registered "home port" (usual base) was Walsall Airport, Staffordshire.

Sold on and re-registered (C of R 6865/2) 20/7/46 to Willam Horace Ledbetter, Erdington, Birmingham (remained based at Walsall Airport).

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed into a pylon near Rearsby, Charnwood, Leicestershire on 25/1/1948. Registration G-AGZN cancelled as "destroyed" 25/1/1948


1. British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919-1999.
Compiled by Michael Austen
Air Britain (Historians) Ltd. 1999.
ISBN 0 85130 281 5
4. Auster Quarterly Vol. 1 No.2 (Summer 1975): p.46

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
22-Jan-2010 23:19 John Baker Updated [Country, Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2010 10:51 John Baker Updated [Location]
10-Dec-2012 11:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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