Avro Anson DJ106

Ben Macdui, Cairngorm Mountains

 
     
 
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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:

 

THEY SHALL  NOT GROW OLD

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

 

 

 


 

 

MORE RECENT PHOTOS ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES:

 

 

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

19 OTU RAF

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)

uboat.net

Wikipedia

 

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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