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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17985
Last updated: 4 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AUS6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster AOP.6
Owner/operator:Turnhouse CF Royal Air Force (Turnhouse CF RAF)
Registration: VF640
MSN: 2841
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1/2 mile South of RAF Leuchars, Fife -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, East Lothian
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife
Auster AOP.6 VF640: Delivered in July 1946. Known RAF service was with CFS (Central Fighter Establishment), and then with the Station Flight of RAF Leuchars, Central Sector Station Flight, and Communications Flight of RAF Turnhouse

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 20/5/1954 when dived into the ground on approach, half-a-mile south of RAF Leuchars, Fife. While approaching to land at RAF Leuchars, the aircraft was seen to roll over and dive into the ground. It is possible that the pilot misjudged the effects of reducing power, and then selecting "take off" flap settings when the aircraft was heavily loaded with three crew aboard. All three crew were killed

Crew of Auster VF640
Flight Lt Peter Podmore Barker (Pilot, aged 33)
Flight Lt Patrick Edwin Jackson (Navigator/Intelligence Officer, aged 33)
Flight Lt Anthony John Baynes Mansell (RAF Regiment Adjutant, Service Number 500496, aged 26)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.158 ISBN 0-85130-290-4
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 64)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.58

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
11-Feb-2013 15:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-May-2013 14:52 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
05-Nov-2019 22:50 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
10-Apr-2020 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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