RON SMITH COLLECTION
No. 10549. Gould-Taylorcraft Plus D Special (G-AHCR c/n 211)
Photographed at Dunkeswell, Devon, UK, by Ron Smith

Gould-Taylorcraft Plus D Special

03/31/2011. Remarks by Ron Smith: "Originally produced by Taylorcraft as a Model Plus D for the RAF (which designated it Auster Mk.I), it served with No.654 Squadron serialed LB352. Struck off charge, this aircraft was repossessed by the manufacturer on January 17, 1946.

After the company had changed its name to Auster on March 8, 1946, the aircraft was registered G-AHCR on April 15, 1946, and stayed with Auster for two years, being reregistered to a new owner on April 23, 1948. Registered to is fourteenth (!) civil owner on March 28, 1968, the aircraft was withdrawn from use as 'destroyed' on June 4, 1968.

Restored by Edward H. Gould of Bedchester, Shaftesbury and re-engined with a Continental C90, the aircraft reappeared at the civil register on August 28, 1974, as the sole Gould-Taylorcraft Plus D Special. This aircraft is often flown by myself and was photographed at Dunkeswell some years ago on its first flight after having its fabric covering renewed."

Created March 31, 2011