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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1971
Last updated: 21 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:ANS RAF
Registration: K6174
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dovercourt Bay, near Harwich, Tendring, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Destination airport:
Avro Anson Mk.1 K6174, School of Air Navigation, RAF Manston, Kent: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 1/12/38 when ditched after engine failure in poor visibility at Dovercourt Bay, Essex. The crew was conducting a night training exercise and was flying along the coast when an engine failed. The pilot decided to reduce his altitude and attempted to ditch the aircraft in the Dovercourt Bay, off Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex. The aircraft was lost while the crew were rescued. At the time of the accident, the weather conditions were poor.

According to a contemporary newspaper report (which mistakenly describes the Anson as a "Flying boat"!):

"Saturday 03 December 1938,
Essex Newsman, Essex, England

After making a forced landing in Dovercourt Bay on Thursday night, the crew of an R.A.F. flying-boat were taken off by a motor launch which put out from the Felixstowe station response to flares. The machine came down about a mile from the Felixstowe shore, and was not damaged. The 'plane was seen flying very low just over Dovercourt Lower Parade. It alighted on the water and sent up flares for help. The motor launch, using searchlights, immediately went to the crew's assistance."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 50)

Revision history:

14-Feb-2008 02:27 JINX Added
16-Jul-2013 04:20 JINX Updated [Source]
12-Jan-2016 20:21 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature]
20-Mar-2018 19:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2018 09:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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