Avro Anson W2630

Clints of the Spout (North), Dumfries













Aircraft Type Photos


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  / W2630



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.


armstrong siddeley cheetah engine


Photo: Stahlkocher


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The Anson had a top speed of about 188 mph (164 knots or 303 km/h) at 7,000ft (2,100m).






Aircraft Accident Details


At the time of the accident, Avro Anson W2630 was being flown on a night air test. The pilot was accompanied by a wireless operator. Also on board was a passenger who was a civilian employee of Airwork Ltd (or Airwork Services Limited).


During the night test flight, the aircraft flew into the northern end of Clints of the Spout at the eastern side of Cairnsmore of Fleet.






Aircraft Crew Casualties / Survivor


Two of the three people aboard this aircraft died in the accident. These were:


Crew Member




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



The one survivor was:


Crew Member

Sgt Edward Clifford Hirst, W/Op.





Crash Site Photos (Page 1-A)


BELOW: Looking toward Clints of the Spout (centre), with the eastern flank of Cairnsmore of Fleet on the left.


(Page 1-B shows more photos of the route to Clints of the Spout.)


looking toward clints of the spout from a distance


Photo: ©  2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Lochan below Clints of the Spout and Spout of the Clints.


lochan near how pot on approach to spout of the clints


Photo: ©  2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Taken from just below the cliffs, looking down the trail of wreckage.


looking down the debris field


Photo: ©  2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Small fixtures, etc., near the top of the wreckage trail.


small fixtures etc near the top of the wreckage trail


Photo: ©  2013 Gary Nelson












BELOW: Small pieces of wreckage, including these hinges, were scattered among the boulders.


small pieces were scattered among the boulders


Photo: ©  2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: A badly corroded main undercarriage leg from Anson W2630.


badly corroded main undercarriage leg


Photo: ©  2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: Another view of the undercarriage leg and some other wreckage from the Anson.


another view of undercarriage leg


Photo: ©  2013 Gary Nelson



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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 17 Apr 1942


Accident Site:

Clints of the Spout (North)

(Spout of the Clints, by Cairnsmore of Fleet.)


Region: Dumfries and Galloway


Nearest town or village: Newton Stewart (W)


Nearest large town: Newton Stewart.


OS Grid Ref: N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: As at 2013, both Cheetah engines and other (fragmented) wreckage were still at the crash site.



Other air crash site in this vicinity:


RAF Avro Anson N9589 at Clints of the Spout (South).


Although the accidents occurred just over 2 years apart, both Anson W2630 (the aircraft on this page) and Anson N9589 lie in close proximity to one another on Clints of the Spout.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: W2630


Operator: RAF (No. 1 AOS (No. 1 Air Observer School))


Operating Station: (Probably), RAF Wigtown (Baldoon)


Station Location: Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway.


Current Station Status: RAF operations ceased in 1948. Now derelict.




Related Links




Anson at North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM).

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum



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No. 1 Air Observer School. (No. 1 AOS))

Airwork Limited

RAF Wigtown at Control Towers.co.uk


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