Auster A forgotten aircraft of WW2
The Auster was a pre-war American-designed aircraft, built by the Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Limited company in Thurmaston near Leicester, England. Some 1,600 were built during World War II for the forces of Great Britain and Canada, for the role of an Observation aircraft. It was also used to transport personnel from place to place.
There were two main types of Auster, one with the long nose which had the de Havilland Gipsy Major inline engine, the other with the shorter but wider nose which was fitted with the American Lycoming flat four engine. Both engines produced 130 horsepower. The Auster had a top speed of 130 mph, cruising speed of 112 mph and a range of 250 miles. It took part in the invasion of Algeria, North Africa, and also took part in the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. After D Day the aircraft saw action as the British, Canadian and other Allied armies advanced across France and on into Germany.