Aircraft Type Photos
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.
Photo from Flight
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF Avro Anson Mk.I / L9153
Aircraft Type Nickname: Faithful Annie
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 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:
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.
Photo: © 1939 - 2013 Bert Leishman
(Kindly made available by Alan Leishman)
BELOW: One of the two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah radial engines from Anson L9153.
Photo: © 1994 - 2013 Alan Leishman
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 9 Jan 1939
Corserine (Rhinns of Kells)
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.)
Registration or Serial: L9153
Operator: RAF (1 CANS (Civil Air Navigation School))
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).
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.
RAF and Related Links
Related Hill Walking Route Maps
Rhinns of Kells (including Corserine, Millfire, and Meikle Millyea).
Articles and photos of the Avro Anson type are available at the following sites:
Scramble (Dutch Aviation Society).
Hill Walking Links
(Hillwalking and Mountaineering)
Hillwalking (The Scottish Mountaineering Club)
Hillwalking.org.uk (Equipment, etc.)
Mountain Guides (Routes, maps, advice and guidance compiled by Steven Fallon)
OutdoorScotland.co.uk (Directory of Clubs, Associations, and Mountain Rescue Teams)
WalkingScotland (The official Walking site of Scotland's national tourism organisation)
Emergency Services Link
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Avro Anson L9153
Corserine, Rhinns of Kells