Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: An RAF Avro Anson in flight.
Photo: Source unknown
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Avro Anson GR1 / R9584, ZT-J
Aircraft Type Nickname: Faithful Annie
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 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.
Usually, Mark I Ansons were powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah 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).
BELOW: An Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah X engine.
Photo: 2006 Stahlkocher
Aircraft Accident Details
Avro Anson R9584 of 20 OTU took off from RAF Lossiemouth on a training exercise. However, during the flight, one of the Anson's engines is thought to have failed.
Aircraft Crew Casualties
Those who died in this accident were:
Crash Date / Site
Page last updated: 27 June 2015
Accident Date: 7 Aug 1941
Little Drum Loin / Little Garvoun
Region: Moray (Glen Avon)
Nearest town or village:
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: Significant amounts of wreckage still at the site; but crash site is remote and difficult to access.
Registration or Serial: R9584, coded ZT-J
Operator: RAF (20 Operational Training Unit (OTU); (later transferred to No. 91 Group))
Operating Station: RAF Lossiemouth; (RAF No. 91 Group Bomber OTU. Operating base also for No. 46 Maintenance Unit (MU), and RN HMS Fulmar.)
Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Base (RAF).
Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)
[Lossiemouth is the only remaining RAF Station in Scotland.]
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Avro Anson R9584
Little Drum Loin, Moray