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 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 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).
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
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
Mullach Buidhe (721m / 2,366ft)
(N of Goat Fell)
Region: North Ayrshire (Isle of Arran)
Nearest town or village:
Nearest large town or city:
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.
Registration or Serial: N4939
Operator: RAF (1 Air Observer's Navigation School (1 AONS)).
Station Location: Prestwick, South Ayrshire.
Current Station Status:
Operational Civil Airport: Glasgow Prestwick Airport. (EGPK)
Prestwick Airport (Other Operations):
National Air Traffic Services (NATS), Prestwick.
Scottish Area Control Centre (ScACC).
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Avro Anson N4939
Mullach Buidhe, Arran, N Ayrshire