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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18036
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:657 Squadron Royal Air Force (657 Sqn RAF)
Registration: TW561
MSN: 1931
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Monks Gate, one mile West of Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Middle Wallop, Hampshire (EGVP)
Destination airport:
Auster AOP.6 TW561, 657 Squadron RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6 September 1953 when hit overhead telephone wires and crashed near Monks Gate, one mile West of Lower Beeding, Sussex. Aircraft overturned on impact with wires, and the pilot Captain G H Lakes, was injured.

The reported crash location of Monk's Gate is a hamlet in the civil parish of Nuthurst, in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. It lies on the A281 road 3 miles (5 km) southeast from Horsham, and one mile west of Lower Beeding, a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England.

Note that some published sources give the crash locations as "Bishops Waltham" which is in Hampshire, and some 44 miles to the west.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.150 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 410
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
11-Feb-2013 15:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 20:47 Nepa Updated [Operator]
03-Feb-2020 02:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-May-2021 15:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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