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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27176
Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Time:01:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:1 FTS RAAF
Registration: N4887
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Richmond Golf Course, Richmond, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAAF Richmond, NSW
Destination airport:RAAF Point Cook, Victoria
Ex-RAF Anson Mk.I N4887 (No RAAF serial issued). TOC by RAAF at No.1 Aircraft Depot 17.1.39. Issued to 1 FTS 18.7.39 at Richmond, NSW.

Crashed into the Richmond Golf Course almost immediately after take-off from Richmond, NSW, in the early hours of the morning on a flight to Point Cook, Victoria, on 18.12.39. The aircraft took off at about 1.30 am, seconds before another aircraft was to take-off. Ground crew heard a loud roar then the sound of a crash. Many of the ground crew ran with torches and flares to the area of the sounds and found the aircraft debris scattered over a wide area. One engine had been driven deep into the earth.

All five crew - Flight Lieutenants Arthur Moorhouse Watkins and Hugh B. Horner, Flying Officers Henry Parker Fitzgerald and Malcolm Musgrave McInnes and Leading Aircraftsman Leonard J King - died instantly, some bodies being found a significant distance from the aircraft.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
06-Feb-2012 14:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2016 20:31 JIXN Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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