Avro Anson DG787

Corserine, Rhinns of Kells

 
     
 
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BELOW: An Avro 652A T21 Anson (WD413 / G-VROE) of Air Atlantique Classic Flight at Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire, England.

 

RAF Hullavington

 

Presevered Avro Anson at Air Atlantique Classic Flight

 

Photo: 2005. Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.

 


 

BELOW: An Avro Anson Mk I. This was the Anson variant featured on this page.

 

A mark 1 Avro Anson similar to the type featured on this page.

 

Photo from Flight

Source: 1000 Aircraft Photos Johan Visschedijk

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Avro Anson Mk.I  / DG787

 


 

Aircraft Type Nickname: Faithful Annie

 

 

The Avro Anson was an adaption of the civilian Avro 652 in use by Imperial Airways.

 

The Anson was the first aircraft in RAF service to be equipped with a retractable undercarriage. The aircraft type was flown initially by No. 48 Squadron of RAF Coastal Command.

 

The Anson was used for coastal reconnaissance and maritime patrols. Latterly, it was used for crew training, light transport, and communications purposes. Among crew members, however, the Anson was considered to be a cold, draughty, and very noise aircraft.

 

Although the Anson was a solidly-built and reliable aircraft, it was nevertheless slow and vulnerable to attack. For this and other reasons, it was inevitable that the Anson would be replacedas indeed it was, with the Lockheed Hudson bomber.

 

Later generations of Ansons (the Anson C.19 series) remained in use with the RAF until 1968.

 

Usually, Mark I Ansons were powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetahs. These were radial engines. Occasionally, however, other types would be substituted. The Anson had a top speed of about 188 mph (164 knots or 303 km/h) at 7,000ft (2,100m).

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

 

Anson DG787 took off from Jurby on the Isle of Man to carry out a night navigation exercise (Navex). However, contact was lost with the aircraft; and, when it failed to return to Jurby at the expected time, it was reported missing.

 

Two days later, a report was received that the Anson had been located. It had crashed at Corserine in the Rhinns of Kells, an area now within Dumfries and Galloway. An RAF Mountain Rescue Team proceeded to the crash site, but they found no survivors.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Those who lost their lives in this accident were:

 

  • Sgt Joseph Gerard Millinger (32), Pilot, RAFVR.
    (Buried, Section 2A, Grave 50, Liverpool Yew Tree) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Lancashire.

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  • Sgt Charles Lunny (22), W.Op./Air Gnr., RAFVR.
    (Buried, Section 1, Grave 2821, New Stevenston (St Patrick's) Roman Catholic Cemetery, North Lanarkshire.)

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  • Sgt Petr Haas (22), Navigator (u/t), RAFVR, (of the former Czechoslovakia).
    (Buried, Grave 286, Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk.) (See also here.)

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  • Flt Lt Václav Jelínek (29), Obs., RAFVR. (of the former Czechoslovakia).
    (Buried, Grave 610, Kirkinner Cemetery, Dumfries and Galloway.) (See also here.)

 

 

(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for futher details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

 

Approach Route Photos

 

 

NOTE: This wreck is about 1km west of the wreck of Mosquito DD795 so the route to reach it is the same until the summit plateau of Corserine is reached. You then veer left for the Mosquito or right for the Anson.

 

 

BELOW: Heading west across the summit plateau of Corserine and halfway between the Anson and Mosquito crash sites, the trig point on the summit can be seen (blue arrow). The Anson crash site is about 180m (c. 200yds) to the right of that.

 

Heading west across the summit plateau of Corserine and halfway between the Anson and Mosquito crash sites.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next two photos): Approaching the crash site.

 

(next two photos): Approaching the crash site.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW (next three photos): The almost circular area of rocks and debris.

 

(next three photos): The almost circular area of rocks and debris.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

Assorted Wreckage

 

 

(NOTE: The Cheetah engine found further down the slopes of Corserine is from Avro Anson L9153 which crashed in 1939.)

 

 

BELOW: You have to look closely to spot the smaller pieces of Anson amongst the rocks. Some of these pieces are indicated by the red arrows.

 

You have to look closely to spot the smaller pieces of anson amongst the rocks.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: (next two photos): This piece [a battery] is easy to spot. Of all the wreck sites I have now visited I have only found an intact battery at three: This one, the Firefly on Lochnagar, and the Oxford on Shank o Donald Young [Gary Nelson].

 

(next two photos): This piece [a battery] is easy to spot.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Close up of writing on the battery.

 

Close up of writing on the battery.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

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BELOW: (next two photos): there are very few larger parts.

 

(next two photos): there are very few larger parts.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Pieces of molten alloy.

 

Pieces of molten alloy.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: View north west.

 

View north west.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A collection of smaller parts.

 

A collection of smaller parts.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: A small cog, about 1cm in diameter.

 

A small cog, about 1cm in diameter.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: I have seen this part at other Anson sites although not as corroded as this one [Gary].

 

I have seen this part at other Anson sites although not as corroded as this one [Gary].

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: It won't be too long before pieces like this corrode away to nothing.

 

It won't be too long before pieces like this corrode away to nothing.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: An adjustable control wire linkage. Note the split pin at the top.

 

An adjustable control wire linkage. Note the split pin at the top.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 


 

BELOW: Looking over the wrecksite to Carlin's Cairn, the Belgian Dakota crashed 100m from the summit and parts are scattered down Castlemaddy Gairy to the right. The large wing section is at the bottom of the slope in the plantation.

 

Looking over the wrecksite to Carlin's Cairn, the Belgian Dakota crashed 100m from the summit and parts are scattered down Castlemaddy Gairy to the right.

 

Photo: © 2014-2015 Gary Nelson

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Page last updated: 8 Apr 2015

 



 

Accident Date: 23 Oct 1942

 

Accident Site:

Corserine (Rhinns of Kells)

[Route maps]

 

NOTE: At least two Avro Ansons and a de Havilland Mosquito crashed at Corserine.

 

Region: Dumfries and Galloway

 

Nearest town or village: St John's Town of Dalry.

 

Nearest large towns: New Galloway (SE).

 

OS Grid Ref:

 

GPS Ref. N/A

 

Present Condition: Small pieces only remain at the crash site, including parts of the landing gear.

 


 

Other air crash sites in this vicinity:

 

1) RAF Avro Anson L9153 crash at Corserine in 1939.

 

2) RAF de Havilland Mosquito DD795 crash at Corserine in 1944.

 

3) RAF Tiger Moth L6932 crash at Rhinns of Kells in 1939 while searching for Avro Anson L9153.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: DG787

 

Operator: RAF (Air Navigation & Bombing School)

 

Operating Station: RAF Jurby

 

Station Location: Jurby, Isle of Man.

 

Current Station Status:

RAF operations ceased. Closed in 1963

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

Museums

Anson at North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM).

 

 

RAF and Related Links

RAF Jurby.

 

Related Hill Walking Route Maps

Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells, Forest Lodge.

Rhinns of Kells (including Corserine, Millfire, and Meikle Millyea).

Rhinns of Kells and Cairnsmore of Carsphairn.

 

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uboat.net.

Warbird Alley.

 

 

 

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