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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53932
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:500 (County of Kent) Squadron Royal Air Force (500 (County of Kent) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N5227
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:North Sea, off Dunkerque, Pas de Calais -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
Destination airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
Avro Anson Mk.I N5227 (MK-L) 500 (County of Kent) Squadron, RAF: Written off (presumed destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from a "Shamrock Patrol" on 29 May 1940. All four crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry File into the incident (File AIR 81/678): "Anson N5227 failed to return from patrol over Dunkirk, France, 30 May 1940. Sergeant H W Johnson, Leading Aircraftman F H Giles, Sergeant R G T Soper and Pilot Officer I S Wheelwright: missing presumed dead"

Took off 15:35 hrs from RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent. Last seen on the surface of the sea in position VXWY 1357 near destroyer T61 at 18:00 hrs. The body of LAC F H Giles was washed ashore on 30th of July 1940.

Crew of Anson N5227:
Pilot Officer Irvine Syme Wheelwright, RAF (AAF) 91003, posted 30/05/1940, as missing presumed dead
Sergeant Herbert William Johnson, RAF 521711, age 26, posted 30/05/1940, as missing presumed dead
Leading Aircraftman (Wireless Op.) Frank Howard Giles, RAF 812052, killed in action 30/05/1940, body washed ashore 30/07/40, buried at Ameland (Nes) General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands
Flight Sergeant Russell George Theophilus Soper, RAFVR 903332, age 22, posted 30/05/1940, as missing presumed dead.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/678:
3. Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 (1939-1941), Midland publishing, 2003. ISBN: 1 85780 128 8
4. The Anson File (Ray Sturtivant, Air Britain, 1988 p 53)
11. Detling Airfield: A History 1915-1959 By Anthony J. Moor

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
18-Mar-2012 09:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2012 14:12 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
14-Jun-2013 18:17 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
14-Aug-2013 21:50 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
03-Jun-2015 16:10 Z. Zeeland Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
22-Feb-2016 10:46 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
28-Feb-2016 10:45 BlB Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Dec-2017 10:42 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
28-May-2019 16:53 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Aug-2019 19:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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