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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19221
Last updated: 18 August 2019
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Date:02-AUG-1944
Time:evening
Type:Taylorcraft Auster AOP.IV
Owner/operator:659 Squadron Royal Air Force (659 Sqn RAF)
Registration: MT177
C/n / msn: 883
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Le Tourneur, Calvados -   France
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
In the evening of 2 August 1944 the Auster IV MT177 of 659 Sqn took off at 2030 hrs for a reconnaissance sortie but did not return. Two days later the 181 Field Rgt reported that the remains of the aircraft had been found in pieces near Le Tourneur with the bodies of the crew, Capt David Warren Lower (Royal Artillery, attached to 659 Sqn) and LAC Prideaux Aitchison. The Auster was probably shot down.

Sources:

http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=780
http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/aop-air-observation-post-squadron-casualties.28113/page-3 (including War Diary of 659 Sqn)
http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=4547
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Tourneur
http://www.maplandia.com/france/basse-normandie/calvados/vire/le-tourneur/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
25-Dec-2018 21:19 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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