Her spinner and most of the intact engine
The team found some id number on
the edge of the flaps.
Type Auster VI
Serial No 260 AA
DRG No EKH.77
Serial NO TAY 260AA
and TAY154 inside a circle and I
believed it was some constructor stamping. So far we don't know her exact
Army Registration Number.
At least 33 Auster ranging from
Auster 6 to Auster 9 were lost in Malaya. Most of Auster was operated by 656
Squadron based in Nobblefield Kuala Lumpur ( Now MINDEF ).
Another report which shocked our
mind was another aircraft was found on top of the tree and believed was to
be crashed 50 years ago. So Museum Army Team dispatched a small team which
took them a whole week just to reach the site.
We suspected that the aircraft
must be a light type since it can landed on a tree without injuring the
crews. From witness who rescued the pilot told us that the aircraft was 2
crews plane and the pilot managed climbed down from the aircraft and walked
several days until he was found by native people and send to Gua Musang town
where the authorities give 2 pairs of shotgun to show their grateful of
kindest of these native people helping their crews.
Her instruments panel with her pilot throttle
The team arrived at the location
and found out that the aircraft was not on the tree anymore. It was lying
below the tree and the effect of crashing down must damaging most of her
frames. The fabrics covering were rooting away leaving the skeleton of metal
frames. Most of engine cowling and cover which made of aluminum were intact
plus several control surface. The main undercarriage still there minus the
rubber tyres. But the tail wheel still intact together with her aileron and
rudder control. Her flaps which identical on MkVI still present.
Her instruments panels still
intact but most of the meters were damaged. The pilot seat was attached
firmly to the frames but the plexiglas was gone. The aircraft was upside
down position and broken on the tail section. The wings still there but
minus the fabric covered skin. The spinner still have the red color but the
props were missing due to hitting the trees.
Main large parts in upside down position