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    Default Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    Dear All,

    I was wondering if any members know the serial of the an Auster was was lost on the 29th August 1949. The pilot, Captain Donald Edwin Roberts, had originally served as a pilot in the RAF but had moved across the to the Army and was serving with an Army Observation Post Squadron when he crashed and was killed.

    A newspaper report notes that the aircraft came down near Market Lavington, Wiltshire, while the pilot was practising ahead of a display for Naval officers.

    I was keen to try and find out the serial number of the aircraft, and see if there was a full report at Kew.

    Any help would be great.

    Johnnie

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    Default Re: Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    VF601 according to Cummings Final Landing

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    Default Re: Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    That's great. Many thanks.

    Would there be a loss/movement card for this aircraft? I'm not sure how it works for Army aircraft.

    Johnnie

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    Default Re: Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    Johnnie - No Idea Sorry

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    Default Re: Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    A small but important point (at least that is what I think):

    AOP = Air Observation Post, NOT Army Observation Post, which makes little sense when you think about the job the pilot is doing (on normal AOP duties).

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    Default Re: Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    Not much to add I'm afraid Johnnie but 'Broken Wings' by James J. Halley lists......

    Auster AOP.6, VF601, 1901 Flight, Churchill Ranges, Wiltshire 'Stalled and spun into ground during demonstration, 1 Killed.

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    Default Re: Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    Johnnie,

    There is probably a Form 1180 at the RAF Museum. It's a long time ago since I researched this loss but I note I wrote a short summary, which probably came from the 1180 (my principal source of basic info).

    Hopefully, DORIS will get back to work anytime soon!!!!!!

    If you just want that short summary, I'll look it out for you.

    Colin Cummings

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    Default Re: Auster Crash 29th August 1949

    Many thanks for the additional replies.

    Colin - the additional summary would be great if possible.

    The newspaper account is quite helpful and basically reports that he pulled up into a steep climb to 500ft where his wing dipped and he went into a slow spin and started to drop rapidly. It seems he manged to get out of the spin, but it was too late and the aircraft crashed. The report also notes that if he'd been 50ft higher he'd have had enough height to get out of the spin fully, and he wouldn't have crashed.

    From the LG it looks like Roberts moved across to the Army in 1947, after serving with the RAF from about 1944.

    Johnnie

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