Avro Anson L9153

Corserine, Rhinns of Kells













Aircraft Type Photos


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  / L9153



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. 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 the 9 January 1939, RAF Avro Anson L9153 of  No. 1 CANS (Civil Air Navigation School) took off from RAF Prestwick for a Navigation Exercise (Navex).


However, while flying over the Rhinns of Kells, the aircraft struck high ground at Corserine, crashed and caught fire. The crash location is about 9 miles W of St John's Town of Dalry in Dumfries and Galloway.


It was not until the next day that the crashed Anson was discovered. A local shepherd came across the still smouldering wreckage while tending sheep on the  hills.


When he approached the crash site, the shepherd found the bodies of three of the crew outside the aircraft. The body of the fourth crew member was still within the wreckage.


The bodies of the four airmen were removed later that day by an RAF recovery team headed by a Squadron Leader D. F. McIntyre.





On the following day, and in freezing conditions, a Tiger Moth biplane (L6932) set out to search for the missing Anson. However, it too crashed on the Rhinns of Kells, although without injury to the pilot or his photographer.


Some wreckage parts from the Tiger Moth were found later by Alan Leishman at the Avro Anson crash site.





Aircraft Crew Casualties


Those who lost their lives in this accident were:

  • F/O Iain Douglas Shields, Pilot, Flight Instructor.

  • Sgt Norman Hector Duff, W/Op,

  • LAC Henry Gilbert Stewart Briggs, Pupil.

  • LAC Gordon Eric Betts, Pupil.






Crash Site Photos


BELOW: Airframe wreckage of Avro Anson L9153.


This photo was taken shortly after the aircraft crashed at Corserine by Rhinns of Kells.


airframe wreckage of avro anson L9153 following crash in 1939.


Photo: © 1939 - 2013 Bert Leishman

(Kindly made available by Alan Leishman)



BELOW: One of the two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah radial engines from Anson L9153.


one of the cheetah engines from this anson aircraft


Photo: © 1994 - 2013 Alan Leishman











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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 9 Jan 1939


Accident Site:

Corserine (Rhinns of Kells)

[Route maps]


NOTE: At least two Avro Ansons and a de Havilland Mosquito crashed at Corserine.


Region: Dumfries and Galloway


Nearest town or village: St John's Town of Dalry.


Nearest large towns: New Galloway (SE).


OS Grid Ref: NX 488 865


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Small pieces only remain at the crash site, including parts of the landing gear.



Other air crash sites in this vicinity:


1) RAF Avro Anson DG787 crash at Corserine in 1942


2) RAF de Havilland Mosquito DD795 crash at Corserine in 1944.


3) RAF Tiger Moth L6932 crash at Rhinns of Kells in 1939 while searching for Avro Anson L9153. (The aircraft on this page.)





Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: L9153


Operator: RAF (1 CANS (Civil Air Navigation School))


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 1 Oceanic Control.





1. Shanwick: A name representing two distinct ATC control centres (Shannon and Prestwick) which provide information to overflying oceanic aircraft.


Prestwick Control provides data to Shannon Control but does not communicate with the aircraft directly. Shannon uses the data sent from Prestwick to communicate directly with the aircraft pilots.





Related Links




Anson at Lancaster Museum.

Anson at North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM).



RAF and Related Links

RAF Prestwick.

RAF Ayr / Heathfield (see also here).

Difference between Air Observer and Air Navigation Schools (forum).


Related Hill Walking Route Maps

Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells, Forest Lodge.

Rhinns of Kells (including Corserine, Millfire, and Meikle Millyea).

Rhinns of Kells and Cairnsmore of Carsphairn.


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

Scramble (Dutch Aviation Society).


Warbird Alley.




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