Avro Anson K6320

Howwood / Elderslie, by Paisley













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]


Avro Anson Mk.I


Photo: 2012 L-Bit


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BELOW: An Avro Anson C19.


avro anson c-19


Photo: Courtesy, wheels-and-wings.org.uk






Aircraft Type and Background



RAF Avro Anson Mk.I  / N9589



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.



BELOW: An Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah X engine.


an armstrong siddeley cheetah X engine


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:

  • Sgt Alexander Sutherland, Pilot, RAF.

  • Cpl Robert Hunter, RAF.





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).


some wreckage from the Anson close to Whittlemuir Dam, which has since been drained.


Photo: © 2014 Alan Thomson



BELOW: Another view of the Anson's debris field.

One of the farms can be seen at the right hand side of the photo.


another view of the anson wreckage near howwood or elderslie by paisley.


Photo: © 2014 Alan Thomson





(Crash site map and newspaper articles.)




















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 1 Apr 1938


Accident Site:

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.)


Region: Renfrewshire


Nearest towns or villages:

Neilston (E), Barrhead (E), or Howwood (W)


Nearest large towns:

Paisley (NE), or Johnstone (N)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Unknown.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: K6320


Operator: RAF (269 (General Reconaissance) Squadron)


Operating Station: RAF Abbotsinch (Coastal Command). (From 1940, Abbotsinch also included RNAS Abbotsinch & HMS Sanderling)


Station Location: Abbotsinch [map] near Paisley or Glasgow


Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport.


Current Airport Name: Glasgow Airport.




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