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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181381
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Time:18:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:269 Squadron Royal Air Force (269 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N4961
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cullen Bay, Moray Firth, Banffshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Wick
Destination airport:RAF Wick
Avro Anson Mk.I N4961 ("UA-S") of 269 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 6/11/39 when ditched at 8:30 hours local time, due to fuel shortage, while on parallel track search. Aircraft came down in Cullen Bay, Moray Firth, Banffshire. Both crew were rescued:
Pilot: Flight Lt. H.G.Mossford OK
Co-pilot: Pilot Officer Brinsden OK

Four men at once put out to stage a rescue in the motor vessel MV "Quest". A light south-westerly wind was blowing, with a slight swell, but the aircraft had ditched near the rocks, and the rescue boat was at risk of drifting onto those rocks.

The task of rescuing the crew was made much more dangerous by the fact that the Anson was carrying live bombs but the four men in the rescue boat succeeded in rescuing the crew of the Anson without any further mishap. The Fraserborough lifeboat also took part in the search for the aircraft


1. Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War Vol 1 by Ross McNeil (page 18)
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)

Revision history:

16-Nov-2015 07:27 JINX Added
07-Jan-2016 20:46 Heil Updated [Operator, Narrative]
01-Dec-2017 10:42 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Apr-2018 17:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2018 07:40 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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