Auster Mk.III (PH-NGK)

The history of the Dutch Auster began on June 7th 1944, when 1316 Dutch Communication Flight was activated in England. This Flight was comprised of, among others, one Auster which kept up U.K. communications with the liberated territories. In January 1945 No.6 Dutch Auster Squadron was activated, arriving with ten Austers at Gilze-Rijen on April 16th of that year. These aircraft, sporting RAF roundels and small orange triangles on their noses, flew from and to several airstrips, near Voorburg, Zeist and Breda among others.Out of a total of 61 Austers supplied, 36 went to the Dutch East Indies, flying operationally there with No.6 ARVA.These Austers were transferred to the Indonesian Air Force in 1949.In the same year the remaining Austers got registrations in the R-1 to R-20 range. These aircraft were used for island flights, as they were known. They maintained communications with the Wadden islands when these were isolated by ice-drifts. A small number of Austers were lent out to the Dutch Naval Air Service for practicing deck landings on the (first) aircraft carrier, HMS Karel Doorman.

R-18 served for a short time at Gilze-Rijen as a tow-plane with the Gilze Aviation Club “Illustrious”. In 1954 the last KLu (Dutch Royal Air Force) Auster was decommissioned . Many of these planes were sold via the KNVvL (Royal Dutch Flight Federation),  at a symbolic price to various gliding-clubs for the towing of gliders.

 

Auster and the SKHV
Serial number Type RNLAF Type civil Constr. Year RNLAF Registration PH registration
TAY-6111 Auster Mk.III Taylor AOP Mk.III 1942 R-18 PH-NGK
Technical data
Engine Gipsy Major IF
Engine Power 130 hp
Wing span 10.97 mtr
Length 7.13 mtr
Height 2.03 mtr
Max. speed 203 kmh
Max. weight 725 kg
Range 418 km
Ceiling 5500 mtr
Crew 2
In service RNLAF 61
In servie SKHV 1