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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145074
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:48 Squadron Royal Air Force (48 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8772
MSN: 970
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waddensee, 35 km SW of Texel, Frisian Islands -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
Destination airport:
Avro Anson Mk.I K8772 (OY-G) 48 Squadron, RAF
Operation: Dutch Patrol

Flight Lt [Pilot] Stephen Dodds (RAF 37086), aged 24, Mentioned in Dispatches.
Pilot Officer Bryan Seymour Booth (RAF 42045) aged 27
Leading Aircraftman Arthur Herbert Gumbleton (RAF 538552) aged 24
Leading Aircraftman Norman E. Jacobs, (RAF 526265) aged 22

Took off 17:10 hrs from RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent, in company with two other Ansons to attack nine German Motor Torpedo Boats (MTB's) in position CPOX 2706. At 19.00 hrs 35 km SW of Texel, they sighted eight or nine MTB's in convoy and attacked. Flight Lt Dodds led the attack and was hit by flak from an E-boat in the starboard wing and was forced to ditch into the Wadeensee

All crew members were killed. As no trace of the aircraft or the crew was ever found, they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


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

Revision history:

15-Apr-2012 11:56 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Aug-2012 14:11 Nepa Updated [Operator]
22-Aug-2013 18:50 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
10-Jul-2015 18:59 DG333 Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Narrative]
19-Oct-2017 13:52 A.J. Scholten Updated [Cn, Narrative]
24-Jul-2019 19:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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