Incident Taylorcraft Auster Plus D G-AHCH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19476
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Date:Sunday 16 March 1947
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:Auster Aircraft Ltd
Registration: G-AHCH
MSN: 164
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Rearsby Aerodrome, Rearsby, Charnwood, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Rearsby Aerodrome, Rearsby, Leicestershire
Destination airport:Rearsby Aerodrome, Rearsby, Leicestershire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Ex-RAF LB293: Delivered to 20 MU RAF Aston Down on 29/8/42 before being issued to 653 Squadron at Farnborough on 7/9/42. While being used for message-dropping duties on 21/11/42 at Middle Farm, Sussex, the pilot wrongly dropped the message from the starboard window (instead of the port) and while doing so struck high-tension cables.

Although repaired, LB293 again hit high-tension cables on 24/2/43 during a low-level cross-country flight over Epsom, Surrey. Because the engine started vibrating badly, the pilot forced-landed in a nearby field, causing some damage. After further repairs, LB293 was transferred to 43 OTU on 26/3/43, but like so many OTU Austers, LB293 was subjected to a heavy landing after a stall on approach, on 10/4/43. LB293 was conveyed to Rearsby on 13/4/ 43 for repairs, and eventually, on 8/9/43, was re-delivered to 20 MU RAF Aston Down for re-allotment.

On 30/12/43 it was allotted to 22 EFTS at Cambridge, and after nearly eight months, was returned to 20 MU Aston Down for long-term storage, on 23/8/44. Finally, on 16/1/46, LB293 was sold back to Taylorcraft where it was civilianised as G-AHCH.

First civil registered 12/3/46 as G-AHCH (C of R 9932/1; C of A 7530) to Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Ltd. Changed six days later (18/3/46) to Auster Aircraft Ltd., Britannia Works, Thurmaston, Leicestershire (based at Rearsby Aerodrome, Rearsby, Leicestershire).

Written off (Damaged beyond repair) when blown over in a gale whilst parked at Rearsby, Leicestershire on 16/3/1947. (The same gale which also destroyed Auster J/2 Arrow G-AGPS). Registration G-AHCH cancelled 16/4/1947 as "damaged in a gale 16/3/47".

Note that one source (see link #3) states that G-AHCH was "damaged by Fire at Rearsby 16/3/47" (fire, not high winds!)


1. Auster Quarterly Vol 1 No 2 Summer 1975 by Mike Draper:

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
10-Dec-2012 10:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Nov-2019 00:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Nov-2019 00:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
25-Nov-2019 22:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-May-2023 13:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [[Narrative]]

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