Avro Anson N5064

Gallow Hill, Sidlaw Hills, Angus

 
     
 
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Aircraft Type Photo

 

BELOW: Avro Anson of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan with its distinctive yellow livery.

 

avro anson of british commonwealth air training plan with distinctive yellow livery

 

Photo: Courtesy, National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

RAF Avro Anson/ N5064

 


 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Earlier in its lifetime, Avro Anson N5064 spent some time with 320 and 321 (Dutch) Squadrons, and with No. 14 OTU before being transferred to No. 3(O)AFU based at RAF Halfpenny Green.

 

While with the Dutch squadrons, the Anson was involved in an accident on 22 July 1941, but was repaired and returned to service.

 

At the time of the accident recorded here, the Anson was on a ferry flight between bases. However, in bad weather and poor visibility, the aircraft descended too low and flew into Gallow Hill, a few miles north of Dundee, Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Pilot Casualty

 

Tragically, the pilot of this aircraft was killed in the accident. He was:

Flt Sgt Mayne's body was laid to rest in Ford Park Cemetery (Formerly, Plymouth Old Cemetery), (Pennycomequick).

 

 


 

Memorial Photos

 

BELOW: The memorial stone and plaque at the crash site.

 

memorial stone at the crash site

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: A closer view of the memorial plaque, surmounted by an embellished cross and the RAF Wings.

 

a closer view of the memorial plaque

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Part of the actuator mechanism for the undercarriage / landing gear.

 

landing gear mechanism

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Landing gear wheel bracket and actuator mechanism.

 

landing gear wheel bracket

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the actuator drive for the landing gear.

 

closer view of actuator

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Fragmented aluminium (U.S., aluminum) skinning from the Avro Anson.

 

fragments of alumium skinning from the Avro Anson

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: More aluminium sections.

 

more aluminium sections

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Larger sections of aluminium skinning from the aircraft.

 

larger sections of aluminium skinning from the aircraft

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the wreckage sections.

 

another view of the wreckage sections

 

Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

Earlier photo

 

BELOW: A general overview of the Anson crash site at Gallow Hill in Angus.

 

overview of remaining anson wreckage at gallow hill

 

Photo: © 2008 James Allan

 

 


 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date: 23 Jun 1945

 

Accident Site:

Gallow Hill (379m)

(Sidlaw Hills)

 

Region: Angus (Strathmore)

 

Nearest town or village:

Tealing or

Milton of Ogilvie

 

Nearest large towns:

Dundee (S) or Forfar (NE)

 

OS Grid Ref. NO 388 410 (approx.) (Corrected reference.)

 

GPS Ref. N/A

 

Route Map: Geograph

 

Present Condition: Assorted fragmented wreckage can still be found onsite.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: N5064

 

Operator: RAF (3 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit (3 (O)AFU))

 

Operating Base: RAF Halfpenny Green (formerly, RAF Bobbington)

 

Base Location: Bobbington, South Staffordshire (formerly known as Worcestershire), England.

 

Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport (Private).

 

Current Airport Name:  Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport (EGBO).

 

 

 

Related Links

 

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

Lancaster Museum

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)

Scramble (Dutch Aviation Society)

uboat.net

Warbird Alley

 

RAF and Related Links

RAF Halfpenny GreenA Brief History

RAF Halfpenny Green (Bobbington) at ControlTowers.co.uk

 

 

 

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