Incident Taylorcraft Auster AOP Mk V NJ622,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19317
 
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Date:Monday 1 January 1945
Time:09:30
Type:Taylorcraft Auster AOP Mk V
Owner/operator:2nd TAF CS RAF
Registration: NJ622
MSN: 1024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Leopoldsburg, Limburg -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:B.58 Melsbroek/Brussels (Belg.)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Having encountered the enemy some 45 miles north-east of Brussels, the pilot of NJ622 [Flight Sgt Harvey] attempted immediately to land his Auster on an abandoned tactical strip near Bourg Leopold. The aircraft had not stopped rolling forward when a German attack holed the starboard wing, so he dived out and ran for cover; he had taken barely twenty paces when another attack set the Auster on fire, and in a short while it was completely burned out.

Aircraft's destruction claimed as a 'kill' by Uffz. Fritz Krüger 13/JG 27, who claimed to have 'shot down an Auster West of Brüssels at 09.30 on 1.1.45'

Sources:

http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13061-Auster-pilot-Harvey-Operation-Bodenplatte-1-Jan-1945
http://www.auster.ukf.net/p10.htm
http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=909

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
16-Jun-2012 18:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
16-Aug-2012 07:26 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
05-Nov-2019 16:37 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative, Operator]
09-Nov-2022 19:56 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
13-May-2024 08:53 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Operator]

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