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Date:07-JUN-1948
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic J1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster J/1
Owner/operator:Galilee Sqn Israeli AF (IDF/AF)
Registration: 0115
MSN: 2024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Jenin, West Bank, at Coordinates: 3227′N, 3518'E -   Israel
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Al-Malkiyya, Lebanon
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Late May and early June 1948 also witnessed the Galiilee Squadron of the IDF/AF support Israeli forces operating in the vicinity of Jenin. At least two Austers were used for artlllery spotting and forward air control. Bombing missions were flown against the local police station, though Israeli forces were ultimately forced to withdraw

One Auster was shot down by an Egyptian Hawker Fury piloted by Abu Zayid over Jenin, West Bank, at Coordinates: 3227′42.51″N 3518′4.88″E during these operations. Both crew were killed

*The exact aircraft involved cannot be positively identified due to Multiple re-use of civil registrations to disguise covert operations - 9 aircraft were successively registered VQ-PAI, 2 as VQ-PAJ, and 2 as VQ-PAS. Nine Austers were still in use on 9 September 1948 - 4 operational and 5 in repair.

However, circumstantial evidence points to the Auster being shot down on 7/6/1948 as IAF/DF 0115 (ex-A-32) which was c/no 2024 ex-G-AHHV. This aircraft was delivered to Palestine in July 1946 with Aviron as VQ-PAS, to Sherut Avir in Nov 1947, thence to A-32 with the Galilee Squadron, thence to IAF/AF 0115 upon formation of the IAF/DF

Sources:

http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_271.shtml
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galilee_Squadron
http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/waf/aa-mideast/israel/af/types/auster.htm
http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AHHV.pdf
http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=1920

Media:

Galilee Squadron Auster

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Dec-2012 05:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Country, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2012 05:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
30-Apr-2013 20:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
13-Sep-2013 06:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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