Avro Anson DJ106

Ben Macdui, Cairngorm Mountains













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: An RAF Avro Anson in flight.


an raf avro anson in flight - old black and white photo


Photo: Source unknown






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Avro Anson GR1 / DJ106



Aircraft Type Nickname: Faithful Annie



The Avro Anson was an adaption of the civilian Avro 652 in use by Imperial Airways.


The Anson was the first aircraft in RAF service to be equipped with a retractable undercarriage. The aircraft type was flown initially by No. 48 Squadron of RAF Coastal Command.


The Anson was used for coastal reconnaissance and maritime patrols. Latterly, it was used for crew training, light transport, and communications purposes. Among crew members, however, the Anson was considered to be a cold, draughty, and very noise aircraft.


Although the Anson was a solidly-built and reliable aircraft, it was nevertheless slow and vulnerable to attack. For this and other reasons, it was inevitable that the Anson would be replacedas indeed it was, with the Lockheed Hudson bomber.


Later generations of Ansons (the Anson C.19 series) remained in use with the RAF until 1968.


Usually, Mark I Ansons were powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah radial engines. Occasionally, however, other types would be substituted. The Anson had a top speed of about 188 mph (164 knots or 303 km/h) at 7,000ft (2,100m).






Aircraft Accident Details



See brief details on memorial plaque below.






Aircraft Crew Casualties


Those who died in this accident were:


Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. 






Crash Site Photos (PAGE 1-A)


Memorial Photos


BELOW: The memorial cairn and plaque on Ben Macdui commemorating the air crew who lost their lives when this aircraft crashed on 21 August 1942.


Memorial to crew of Avro Anson DJ106 which crashed on Ben MacDui


Photo: 2012 Elliott Simpson


Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of  the Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.



BELOW: Another view of the above Memorial.


another view of the memorial on Ben MacDui


Photo: 2012 Elliott Simpson


Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of  the Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.



The text on the above plaque reads:



On this site on 21 Aug 42 Avro Anson Serial No. DJ106 from 19 Operational Training Unit crashed on a training flight from RAF Kinloss Morayshire killing all five members of its crew.


(The plaque then lists the names and ranks of the crew members. (See above under Aircraft Crew Casualties.))





BELOW: A Sea King helicopter (circled) flying up Lairig Ghru, and just below the Anson crash site on Ben Macdui. The red arrow points to the location of the Anson's lower Cheetah engine which lies in a stream near the crash site. (See photos below.)


(This photo was taken from the Airspeed Oxford crash site on Braeriach.)


Sea King helicopter flying up Lairig Ghru, below Anson wreck on Ben Mcdui


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson




Wreckage Photos



(NOTE: Most recent crash site photos can be seen on PAGES 1-B TO 1-E (links below)).



BELOW: One of the Anson's two Cheetah engines lying beside Allt A Choire Mhdir, just below the summit of Ben Macdui.


(See also similar photo of this engine below.)


one of the anson's two Cheetah engines lying by a burn


Photo: © 2013 Gary Nelson



BELOW: One of the two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah engines from Avro Anson DJ106. This engine lies on higher ground than that shown above.


one of the cheetah engines from the avro anson


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A closer view of the Cheetah engine, showing the fractured cylinder heads, together with the exhaust collector ring and other parts.


a closer view of the cheetah engine


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Side view of this Cheetah engine.


side view of this cheetah engine


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: The second Cheetah engine lying at the edge of a burn (Allt a' Choire Mhòir).


the second engine lying at the edge of a burn


Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel









PAGE 1-B (Ascent route photos)


PAGE 1-C (Engine and related parts)


PAGE 1-D (Undercarriage, other wreckage
    and Memorial photos.) 


PAGE 1-E (Descent Route Photos)


PAGE 1-F (Wreckage Location Legend)




(Photos taken in 2013 and kindly provided by Gary Nelson.)





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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 21 Aug 1942


Accident Site:

Ben Macdui (Beinn MacDuibh) (1,309m)


(Cairngorm Mountains)


(Memorial: NW of summit)


Region: Aberdeenshire.


Nearest towns or villages:

Kingussie, Braemar, Ballater, or Grantown-on-Spey


Nearest large towns or cities: Inverness (NW), Aberdeen (E), or Dundee (SE).


OS Grid Ref. N/A.


For GPS References, see Eddie Boyle's archive for this aircraft.


Present Condition: Both Cheetah engines and many other aircraft parts can still be found scattered around the crash site.
(Latest photo survey: July - August 2013).



Other air crash sites in this vicinity:


2 x USAF MD F-15C fighter crashes at Ben Macdui in 2001.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: DJ106


Operator: RAF (19 OTU)


Operating Station: RAF Kinloss


Station Location: Forres, Moray, Scotland.


Current Station Status: Military flying operations ceased on 31 July 2011; but airfield has been reserved as Relief Landing Ground (Emergency) for RAF Lossiemouth GR4 aircraft.


The airfield is also still used by Moray Flying Club, and 663 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.


Current Station Name: RAF Kinloss





Related Links


Accident Specific Link

A more detailed report of this accident, with photos, can be seen at the heavywhalley website.


RAF and Related Links


RAF Kinloss

RAF Kinloss at Wikipedia

RAF Lossiemouth


Other Links

Articles and photos of the Avro Anson type are available at the following sites:

Armstrong-Siddeley Cheetah IX engine

British Aircraft of World War II

Digger History

North East Aircraft Museum (NEAM)




Cairngorms National Park




Hill Walking Links


(Hillwalking and Mountaineering)

WalkingScotland (The official Walking site of Scotland's national tourism organisation)

Walking Scotland's Mountains



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