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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145072
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:48 Squadron Royal Air Force (48 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8773
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel off Deal, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
Destination airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
29 May 1940 Anson I K8773 (OY-X) of 48 Squadron based at RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent. Took off 14:50 hrs on a "Shamrock" Patrol sortie. Attacked by three Bf-109s of JG 26 two miles off Oostende, Belgium, and suffered extensive damage to the wings and aileron controls. After beating off the attack an engine failed and a forced landing was made into the Channel off Deal at 18:30 hrs. All four crew survived, although one was injured:

Crew of Anson K8773:
Leading Aircraftman L S Dilnutt
Pilot Officer G C Alington
Flying Officer G H Wherry (RAF 568952)
Corporal A D C Harding (RAF 523495) - injured

The crew were rescued by a destroyer then transferred to a drifter before being landed at Ramsgate, Kent


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1976 p 73)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/691:
3. The Anson File (Ray Sturtivant, Air Britain, 1988 p 44)

Revision history:

15-Apr-2012 11:33 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Aug-2012 14:15 Nepa Updated [Operator]
24-Aug-2013 18:09 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
10-Jul-2015 19:14 DG333 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
30-Aug-2019 23:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Aug-2019 06:32 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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