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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21647
Last updated: 2 December 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:12 ERFTS RAF
Registration: L7949
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Misty Law Hill, near Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Prestwick, Ayrshire
Destination airport:RAF Woolsington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
This aircraft departed from No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) at RAF Ayr (Heathfield) Aerodrome (now, incorporated within Prestwick Airport). The EFTS used both Avro Ansons and Fairey Battles for flight training purposes.

Anson L7949 is understood to have been on a flight from Prestwick to RAF Newcastle on 19/9/38. However, while flying over the Renfrewshire hills, the pilot - Lt Commander John Charsley RN - encountered low cloud and mist. Unable to establish his true position, he flew into the hilly ground in the proximity of Lairdside Hill.

After the accident, Lt Commander Charsley set out to seek help. Soon, he came to Muirfauldhouse Farm, a short distance east of the crash site. There, he managed to raise the alarm, and assistance was soon on its way from the nearby village of Lochwinnoch, and also from the nearest RAF station.

Pilot:Lt Commander John Charsley RN injured.
Hubert Jordan injured.
Percival Davidson injured.
William Nichol injured.

Engine and some fragments found by Clyde Muirshiel Ranger Service in 1987


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Revision history:

09-Jul-2008 00:04 JINX Added
19-Mar-2012 04:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jun-2012 12:39 dne Updated [Narrative]
23-Jul-2013 04:30 JINX Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2016 20:23 JIXN Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 23:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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