Avro Anson N4939

Mullach Buidhe, Arran, N Ayrshire













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: An Avro  652A Anson T21 of Air Atlantique Classic Flight on a take-off run at Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire, England.


RAF Hullavington


preserved avro anson on take-off run


Photo: 2005. Adrian Pingstone. (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF 652A Avro Anson Mk I / N4939



Aircraft Type Nickname: Faithful Annie



The Avro Anson was an adaptation of the civilian Avro 652 aircraft in use by Imperial Airways.


The Anson was the first aircraft in RAF service with a retractable undercarriage. The aircraft was flown initially by No. 48 Squadron of RAF Coastal Command.


The Anson was used for coastal reconnaissance and maritime patrol; and, latterly, for crew training, light transport, and communications purposes. Among many of its crew members, however, the Anson was considered to be a cold, draughty, and very noisy aircraft.


Although the Avro 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).






Aircraft Accident Details


On 28 January 1941, Anson N4939 of No. 1 AONS was on a navigational training exercise (Navex) from RAF Prestwick when it flew into the high peak at Mullach Buidhe near Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran.


The aircraft was not found until 2 February.






Aircraft Crew Casualties


All five crew members died in this accident. They were:


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



[Many thanks to Alan Leishman for kindly providing these details.]






Crash Site Photos


Photos Requested


There are no crash site photos for this aircraft wreckage on Mullach Buidhe at the moment.


If anyone is able to provide photos of the crash site, or of any remaining wreckage, or of any memorial to the crew, this would be much appreciated.







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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 28 Jan 1941


Accident Site:

Mullach Buidhe (721m / 2,366ft)

(N of Goat Fell)


Region: North Ayrshire (Isle of Arran)


Nearest town or village:

Corrie and Sannox


Nearest large town or city:

Brodick (S)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Unknown.



Other air crashes in this vicinity:


(1) RAF Consolidated LB-30A (B-24) Liberator / AM261 at Mullach Buidhe.


(2) RAF Bristol 152 Beaufort  Mk I / L4479 at Goat Fell.


(3) RAF 652A Avro Anson Mk I / DJ472 at Caisteal Abhail.


(4) USAAF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress / 42-97286 at Beinn Nuis.


(5) USAAF Consolidated B-24D Liberator / 42-41030 at Beinn Nuis.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: N4939


Operator: RAF (1 Air Observer's Navigation School (1 AONS)).


Operating Station: RAF Prestwick (now, RNAS Prestwick / HMS Gannet / SAR) (See also here.)


Station Location: Prestwick, South Ayrshire.


Current Station Status:

Operational Military ATC Station (RAF) (See here for details; and also here.)


Operational Civil Airport: Glasgow Prestwick Airport. (EGPK)



Prestwick Airport (Other Operations):


National Air Traffic Services (NATS), Prestwick.


Scottish Area Control Centre (ScACC).


Shanwick Oceanic Control.






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