Auster (Taylorcraft) A.O.P. 6

Single engine two seat light communications- and observation aircraft

   In 1947 the first of 22 Austers ordered to equip an observation squadron, 369 Squadron at Brasschaat, were delivered. As this base was still under construction the aircraft were at first stored at Wevelgem and a some were used for training at Schaffen (Diest).  In 1952 the first Piper Super Cubs were delivered that replaced the Austers. However it took until 1955 before the unit (redesignated 15 Squadron Light Aviation) would stop operating the Austers. A few aircraft remained active with N° 42 Squadron at Wahn (Germany) until 1956-1957 and one single aircraft with 1 Wing at Beauvechain until 1958.

A-01

C/N

2816

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Mar 1955

History

VT977 (RAF), A-1, equipped with oblique cameras, crashed at Wahn (D.) on 23 Mar 1955

A-02

C/N

2823

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1958

History

VT984 (RAF), A-2, equipped with oblique cameras, equipped to tow gliders, South-Pole Expedition, 05 Dec 1958 Crashed at Mount Belgica (Antarctica)

A-03

C/N

2818

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT979 (RAF), A-3, Equipped with oblique cameras, OO-FDA, to Royal Army Museum (stored Vissenaken)

A-04

C/N

2819

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Jun 1954

History

VT980 (RAF), A-4, crashed at Ophasselt on 29 Jun 1954.

A-05

C/N

2815

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Jan 1953

History

VT976 (RAF), A-5, Fatal crash at Haccourt (Oupeye) on 13 Jan 1953

A-06

C/N

2822

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1953

History

VT983 (RAF), A-6, Crashed at Brasschaat on 18 Dec 1953.

A-07

C/N

2820

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT981 (RAF), A-7, equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDB, to Royal Army Museum (stored Vissenaken)

A-08

C/N

2824

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT988 (RAF), A-8, OO-FDC, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

A-09

C/N

2817

Date In

Aug 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT978 (RAF), A-9, OO-FDD, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

A-10

C/N

2828

Date In

Sep 1947

Date Out

Dec 1950

History

VT989 (RAF), A-10, crashed at Etterbeek after mid-air collision with A-19 on 4 Dec 1950.

A-11

C/N

2826

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT990 (RAF), A-11, OO-FDE, Royal Army Museum, Brussels

A-12

C/N

2827

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT991 (RAF), A-12, OO-FDF, crashed at Virton on 27 May 1962.

A-13

C/N

2825

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT986 (RAF), A-13,OO-FDG, crashed at Gent at on 12 May 1962

A-14

C/N

2830

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Jan 1957

History

VT987 (RAF), A-14, G-BKXP, being restored.

A-15

C/N

2834

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT995 (RAF), equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDH, To Royal Army Museum, Gate Guardian at Brasschaat as "A-16", restored with parts of A-22, Gate Guardian Bierset. Stored 'Artillerymuseum Gunfire', Brasschaat.

A-16

C/N

2835

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT996 (RAF), A-16, equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDI, Royal Army Museum as A-16, exchanged with museum at Kbely (Czech Republic)

A-17

C/N

2832

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT993 (RAF), A-17, equipped to tow gliders, OO-FDJ, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

A-18

C/N

2831

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT992 (RAF), A-18, OO-FDK, to Royal Army Museum (wreck stored at Vissenaken).

A-19

C/N

2924

Date In

Dec 1947

Date Out

Dec 1950

History

VT985 (RAF), A-19, crashed at Etterbeek after mid-air collision with A-10 on 4 Dec 1950.

A-20

C/N

2833

Date In

Dec 1947

Date Out

Mar 1957

History

VT994 (RAF), A-20, spare part source for restauration of A-14/G-BKXB.

A-21

C/N

2821

Date In

Jan 1948

Date Out

Jul 1957

History

VT982 (RAF), A-21, OO-OVL, crashed at Temploux on 27 May 1960.

A-22

C/N

2836

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

VT997 (RAF), A-22, OO-FDL, to Royal Army Museum, stored Vissenaken, spare part source for restauration A-15 gate guard Bierset.

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