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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 2038
Last updated: 28 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:269 Sqn RAF
Registration: K6320
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whittlemoor Dam, Howwood, Renfrewshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Abbotsinch
Destination airport:
Avro Anson K6320 took off from RAF Abbotsinch (now, Glasgow Airport) on an exercise sortie around the Renfrewshire area. However, while flying low over moorland between the villages of Howwood and Elderslie, the aircraft entered a patch of heavy mist.

Apparently, the pilot became disorientated, and allowed the Anson to descend too low. Without warning it struck a raised area of the moor, crashing into very boggy ground.

On impact with the ground, the aircraft engine was propelled into the cockpit area, killing one of the crew. The other was thrown clear of the aircraft but died at the scene.

When the wreckage was discovered, RAF Recovery Team members, police and other personnel had to wade through waist deep bog to reach the aircraft. At one stage, a boat was employed to assist the teams.

Crew of Anson K6320:
Sgt William Alexander Sutherland killed
Cpl Robert Hunter (34) killed

This reservoir has since been drained. For location purposes, the aircraft crashed approximately midway between High Burnside Farm and Mid Hartfield Farm, near Howwood, Renfrewshire

When the wreckage was examined in 1979, live 10-pound practice bombs were still to be found in the wreckage!


1. Air-Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s

Revision history:

15-Feb-2008 10:53 JINX Added
02-Mar-2012 08:16 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
18-Mar-2012 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2012 12:01 Nepa Updated [Operator]
15-Jul-2013 21:45 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source]
12-Aug-2014 14:33 Jixon Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
26-Feb-2018 23:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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