Incident Avro Anson Mk I K6317,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145078
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Date:Friday 12 January 1940
Time:10:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:269 Sqn RAF
Registration: K6317
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Wick, Caithness
Destination airport:RAF Wick, Caithness
Avro Anson Mk.1 K6317 ("UA-V") of 269 Squadron, RAF (Flying Officer Haley Bell) upon landing at Wick severely damaged - total loss after air combat with flying boat.The twin engine aircraft overshot and landed long. After touchdown, the aircraft failed to stop within the remaining distance, overrun and collided with a concrete wall. All four crew members were injured while the aircraft was destroyed.

NOTE: Reports that the pilot of K6317 was killed are confusing this accident with an earlier incident involving the same aircraft on 19th September 1939. K6317 did engage a flying boat on 19th September 1939, in which the Pilot, Pilot Officer Dennis Samuel Burrell was shot and died instantly (National Archives File AIR 81/11) .The aircraft was flown back to Wick and safely landed by the Navigator 527769 Sergeant William Edward Willits (Award of DFM London Gazette 3rd November 1939, awarded DFC on 9th July 1943).

Extract from Form Blue signed by Wing Commander F.N. Pearce, Officer Commanding No 269 Squadron: "reports seeing enemy Flying Boat to North. A/C 'V' went to attack as Flying Boat circled two tankers. ‘V’ gave chase and was about to open fire on rear of Flying Boat when a burst of fire from Flying Boat killed pilot instantly. Navigator managed with difficulty to get pilot out of seat and took control bringing A/C back. The Air Gunner had no chance of bringing gun to bear at any time. Flying Boat last seen flying out of range. Position QSSV 2737. 10:10 hours approx."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File Air 81/11:

Revision history:

15-Apr-2012 12:23 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Jun-2012 11:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
18-Jul-2013 22:04 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
12-Aug-2014 14:32 Jixon Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-May-2019 18:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2019 17:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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