Incident Taylorcraft Auster Plus D G-AHSJ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19485
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Date:Saturday 25 August 1956
Type:Taylorcraft Auster Plus D
Owner/operator:Eric Francis Thurston
Registration: G-AHSJ
MSN: 172
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Chingford, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Stapleford Tawney, Abridge, Essex (EGSG)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Built for RAF as a military Taylorcraft Auster Model D.1 LB313: Delivered direct to 654 Squadron on 18/9/42. On 24/12/42 it was flown to 47 MU at Sealand, for packing prior to overseas shipment (probably to North Africa). In the event LB313 was not, in fact, shipped overseas. Instead it was released for 43 OTU on 24/2/43. On 15/11/43 it was allocated to 20 MU RAF Aston Down, but a fortnight later was found to have suffered some damage, and so returned to Rearsby for repairs on December 16th.

Subsequently, LB313 was returned to 20 MU RAF Aston Down on 24/1/44 for release to 83 Group Communications Squadron on 30/6/44. Later, on 11/9/44, it was re-allocated to Predannock Station Flight for general 'hack' duties, until 5/7/45 when it was transferred to Harrowbeer. On 24/1/46, LB313 was flown to 20 MU RAF Aston Down before being transferred to 5 MU RAF Kemble on 4/3/46 for disposal.

First civil registered 22/7/46 (C of R 10305/1; C of A 8144) as G-AHSJ to Auster Aircraft Ltd., Britannia Works, Thurmaston, Leicestershire as a Taylorcraft Auster Plus D. Subsequent civil registration history was as follows:

13/08/46: Sold on and re-registered (C of R 10305/2) to the Edinburgh Flying Club, Macmerry, East Lothian
13/09/49: Registration cancelled/lapsed on sale
24/09/49; Sold on and re-registered (C of R 10505/3, later R.3081/3) to John Sinclair Swanson, Nigg, Aberdeenshire
12/06/55: Registration cancelled/lapsed upon sale
24/06/55: Sold on and re-registered (C of R R.3081/4) to W.S.Shackleton, Piccadilly, London W.1
05/07/55: Registration cancelled/lapsed upon sale
07/07/55: Sold on and re-registered (C of R R.3081/5) to Eric Francis Thurston, Theydon Bois, Essex
25/08/56: Written off (Damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Chingford, Essex
24/09/56: Registration G-AHSJ formally cancelled by the Secretary of State, Air Ministry as "destroyed"


1. Auster Quarterly Vol.1 No.2 Summer 1975

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
10-Dec-2012 13:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Jun-2020 17:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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