Avro Anson R9584

Little Drum Loin, Moray

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: An RAF Avro Anson in flight.

 

an raf avro anson in flight - old black and white photo

 

Photo: Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Avro Anson GR1 / R9584, ZT-J

 


 

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 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.

 

Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah Mk X engine

 

Photo: 2006 Stahlkocher

 

Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of  the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Unable to maintain altitude on the one remaining engine, the aircraft soon crashed into high ground between Little Drum Loin and Little Garvoun, about 6 miles SW of Tomintoul.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Those who died in this accident were:

 

Aircrew


Travelling as passengers

 

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

  

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

 

Memorial

 

 

BELOW: The memorial cairn at Little Drum Loin.

 

The memorial cairn at Little Drum Loin.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the memorial plaque.

 

A closer view of the memorial plaque.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 

 


 

 

Remaining Wreckage

 

 

BELOW: Hydraulic arm and gears; probably from the undercarriage assembly.

 

Hydraulic arm and gears.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Shattered remains.

 

Shattered remains.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Part of the undercarriage assembly (?)

 

Part of the undercarriage assembly (?)

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Heavily corroded bearers.

 

Heavily corroded bearers.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Aluminium skinning. Cylinder head in the background.

 

Aluminium skinning. Cylinder head in the background.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Wing section in the foreground. Assorted wreckage piled together in the background.

 

Wing section in the foreground. Assorted wreckage piled together in the background.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Wing panels and undercarriage sections.

 

Wing panels and undercarriage sections.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified casting.

 

Unidentified casting.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Part of a badly damaged Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine showing collector ring, propeller blades and detached cylinder heads.

 

Part of a badly damaged Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engine.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: The engine viewed from the front. Part of the reduction gear assembly is just visible behind the propeller hub.

 

The engine viewed from the front.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 

 

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BELOW: The yellow paintwork indicates that this Anson was a training aircraft.

 

The yellow paintwork indicates that this Anson was a training aircraft.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified framework.

 

Unidentified framework.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: The area on Little Drum Loin / Little Garvoun where the wreckage was found.

 

The area on Little Drum Loin / Little Garvoun where the wreckage was found.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW (next 3 photos) : More unidentified sections.

 

(next 3 photos) : More unidentified sections.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

 

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Wing section.

 

Wing section.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Overview of the crash site.

 

Overview of the crash site.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: More shattered pieces from an engine.

 

More shattered pieces from an engine.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Manfacturer's type / serial code appears on this part.

 

Manfacturer's type / serial code appears on this part.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: More small parts and fragments from Avro Anson R9584.

 

More small parts and fragments from Avro Anson R9584.

 

Photo: © 2015 Neil Daniel

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Page last updated: 27 June 2015
(Memorial and wreckage photos added.)

 


 

Accident Date: 7 Aug 1941

 

Accident Site:

Little Drum Loin / Little Garvoun

 

Region: Moray (Glen Avon)

 

Nearest town or village:

Tomintoul [map]

 

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.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

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.)

 

Station Location: Lossiemouth, Morayshire, 5 miles N of Elgin.

 

Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Base (RAF).

 

Current Station Name: RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)

 

 

[Lossiemouth is the only remaining RAF Station in Scotland.]

 

 

 

Related Links

 

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RAF Lossiemouth

 

Other Links

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

Armstrong-Siddeley Cheetah IX engine

British Aircraft of World War II

Digger History

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)

uboat.net

Wikipedia

 

Cairngorms National Park

 


 

Hill Walking Route

Walking directions from Tomintoul to Anson crash site near Little Drum Loin.

 

 

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