Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: Avro Anson 652A Mk I at Ardmore Aerodrome de Havilland Mosquito Launch Spectacular, 2012. (Reg ZK-RRA, S/No. MH-120). [Wikipedia]
Photo: 2012 L-Bit
Released by the author to the public domain.
BELOW: An Avro Anson C19.
Photo: Courtesy, wheels-and-wings.org.uk
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Avro Anson Mk.I / N9589
Aircraft Type Nickname: "Faithful Annie"
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 replaced—as 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.
Photo: Courtesy, wheels-and-wings.co.uk
The Anson had a top speed of about 188 mph (164 knots or 303 km/h) at 7,000ft (2,100m).
Aircraft Accident Details
Avro Anson K6320 took off from RAF Abbotsinch (now, Glasgow Airport) on an exercise sortie around the Renfrewshire area. However, while flying low over moorland between the villages of Howwood and Elderslie, the aircraft entered a patch of heavy mist.
Apparently, the pilot became disorientated, and allowed the Anson to descend too low. Without warning it struck a raised area of the moor, crashing into very boggy ground.
On impact with the ground, the aircraft engine was propelled into the cockpit area, killing one of the crew. The other was thrown clear of the aircraft but died at the scene.
When the wreckage was discovered, RAF Recovery Team members, police and other personnel had to wade through waist deep bog to reach the aircraft. At one stage, a boat was employed to assist the teams.
Note: During the salvage operation, three members of the RAF Recovery Team sustained injuries when munitions on board the aircraft exploded.
For further details of both incidents, see Map of the crash site and Newspaper Reports on Page 2
Aircraft Crew Casualties
The two crew members who died in this incident were:
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: The crash site of Avro Anson K6320 close to Whittlemuir Dam.
This reservoir has since been drained. For location purposes, the aircraft crashed approximately midway between High Burnside Farm and Mid Hartfield Farm (see map on Page 2).
Photo: © 2014 Alan Thomson
BELOW: Another view of the Anson's debris field.
Photo: © 2014 Alan Thomson
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 1 Apr 1938
Mid Hartfield Farm / High Burnside Farm (midway between).
(Close to site of Whittliemuir Dam (now drained))
Nearest roads: B787 (A737) or B775 (then by unclassified roads.)
Nearest towns or villages:
Nearest large towns:
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref. N/A
Present Condition: Unknown.
Registration or Serial: K6320
Operator: RAF (269 (General Reconaissance) Squadron)
Station Location: Abbotsinch [map] near Paisley or Glasgow
Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport.
Current Airport Name: Glasgow Airport.
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Avro Anson K6320
Howwood / Elderslie, by Paisley