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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145075
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:48 Squadron Royal Air Force (48 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N9919
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, near Ramsgate, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
Destination airport:
Avro Anson Mk.I N9919, OY-J, 48 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when ditched into the English Channel near Ramsgate, Kent 30 May 1940. Operation: Thistle Patrol. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/767): "Leading Aircraftman K S Fish: injured; Anson OYJ shot down over the sea; picked up by HMS Vega; 30 May 1940"

Took off 15:35 hrs from RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent. Damaged by friendly fire from an armed trawler at 20:20 hrs while trying to signal the position of shipping survivors. The port engine seized and height could not be maintained so the Anson was put down into the English Channel off Ramsgate, Kent, within sight of three ships. The crew was subsequently rescued by HMS Vega.

The aircraft stayed afloat during the rescue and was later sunk by gunfire from another armed trawler. It was not until the next day that the crew was landed at Sheerness and LAC O'Reilly was admitted to RN Hospital, Gillingham.

Pilot Officer Tilson - safe
Sgt Cadenne - safe
Leading Aircraftman O'Reilly - injured
Leading Aircraftman K S Fish - injured


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/767:
3. The Anson File (Ray Sturtivant, Air Britain, 1988)

Revision history:

15-Apr-2012 12:03 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Aug-2012 14:16 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Location]
24-Aug-2013 18:09 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
10-Jul-2015 19:23 DG333 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
01-Dec-2017 10:42 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Sep-2019 19:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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