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  Taylorcraft Auster Mark III Serial Number A11-7  
RAAF
17 AOP

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AWM May 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Taylorcraft as Auster Mark III. Constructors Number 287. Fuselage code TAY4885.  Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number MZ162. Disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard SS Samanco departing July 30, 1944 from Liverpool, United Kingdom bound for Australia arriving at Melbourne on September 4, 1944.

Wartime History
During September 1944, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). On September 29, 1944 assigned to 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On October 2, 1944 assigned serial number A11-7.

On October 24, 1944 assigned to No. 17 Air Observation Post Flight (17 AOP) and operated in New Guinea. During May 1945, Auster A11-7 operated from Hayfield Airfield and was used as an aerial ambulance to evacuate casualties to But Airfield. Later, operated from Bougainville.

Mission History
On August 2, 1945 crashed landing at Piva South Airfield on western Bougainville. The crash sustained 10% damage to the fuselage and undercarriage and 5% damage to the engine cowling.

On October 22, 1945 to 15 ARD for repairs then returned to 17 AOP on November 18, 1945. This aircraft was officially converted to components on February 7, 1946.

References
ADF Serials - Auster A11-7

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January 31, 2018

 

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