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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24821
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:220 Squadron Royal Air Force (220 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K6227
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Into sea near Penmaenbach, off Conway, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Penrhos, Caernavonshire
Destination airport:RAF Bircham Newton, Norfolk
Crashed whilst avoiding the headland of Penmaenbach. It had been one of 14 Avro Ansons taking part in bombing practice at RAF Penrhos, and was returning to their base at Bircham Newton in East Anglia, with the first leg to RAF Sealand. The formation flew into mist as it approached Penmaenmawr, and the leader gave the signal to climb.

Anson K6227 had been flying in the left of the formation, and had strayed towards the land in the mist. At a height of less than 100 feet, the pilot, Sergeant W.H.V. Rimer, pulled the Anson steeply upwards only to lose flying speed. It nose dived into the sea with the loss of the crew of 3:

Sgt William Henry Victor Rimer (aged 24) killed
AC1 Michael Kirwan (aged 23) killed
AC2 Kenneth Mark Butcher (aged 20) killed

Aircraft crashed at old ship cottages beach while avoiding Penmaenbach headland, at the intertidal point (=between the low tide and high tide points). A memorial plaque was placed near the crash site on 17/9/2017, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the crash (see link #6)


1. Air-Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s
2. E. Doylerush, No Landing Place: A Guide to Aircraft Crashes in Snowdonia (published 2002) p.90


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
03-Mar-2012 17:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2012 11:44 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Source]
15-Jul-2013 21:43 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2015 06:53 C.C.Catch Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
30-Jan-2017 19:31 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
04-Mar-2018 14:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2018 18:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date]
14-Apr-2018 20:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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