Avro Anson W2630

Clints of the Spout (North), Dumfries

 
     
 
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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  / 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

 

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 


 

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

 

Passenger

 

(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

 

 

MORE PHOTOS BELOW

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

 

More (larger) photos on

 Page 1-B

 

 

And on Page

1-C

 

 


 

 

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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

 

 

Museums

Anson at North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM).

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

 

 

RAF and Related Links

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

Airwork Limited

RAF Wigtown at Control Towers.co.uk

 

Other Links

Articles and photos of the Avro Anson type are available at the following sites:

uboat.net.

Warbird Alley.

 

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