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    As promised, here is a summary of aircraft losses from either 6 AOS or at Staverton by other units. The list is for the first 3 years of the war only. More when I can search the computerised database. The list is in addition to the three aircraft discussed elsewhere in this Thread.

    6 AOS:
    23/1/42 N5324 Anson
    26/8/42 DJ181 Anson
    21/9/42 N9745 Anson
    6/11/42 N5281 Anson
    12/12/42 EF932 Anson

    Other Units:
    19/2/42 K6728 Hind 1 FTS
    8/4/42 N9092 Hereford 8 FPP
    11/9/42 DL642 Master 268 Sqn
    20/12/42 DN269 Typhoon 9 FPP
    10/12/40 R3402 Anson 18 OTU
    28/3/41 L8724 Blenheim 219 Sqn
    22/4/41 T4278 Whitley 602 Sqn
    2/1/42 L6837 Blemheim 604 Sqn

    FPP = Ferry Pilots' Pool (mostly Air Transport Auxiliary but also some others depending on a range of factors)

    The lists relate to aircraft which were written off. There will be others where the damage was repaired and the aircraft returned to service. These might be recorded as an event in the Form 540 and there will probably be a Form 1180 raised but my interest does not extend to 'minor' damage.

    Colin Cummings

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    Colin
    Many thanks, it's greatly appreciated.

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    The 70th anniversary of the accident involving Anson I N5324 is approaching. Google reveals some names on another thread on this forum, but does anyone have any more details?

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    Here is the summary information I have recorded for this accident and taken from the RAF Form 1180. You will note that the accident did not happen at Staverton but I don't have a definitive position for the crash . As the Severn is rather a long river, even when just talking about 'near Gloucester', I cannot be more precise!!

    23-Jan-42 N5324 Anson I 6 AOS River Severn, near Gloucester 4
    The crew was flying a map reading exercise which ought not to have been authorised, given the weather conditions at the time of take-off and the aircraft was not fitted with windscreen wipers. Whilst flying at low level, the aircraft struck HT cables and crashed into the river. The subsequent investigation exposed a ‘press on’ attitude, which higher authority did not believe justified, if it was to place trainees at unacceptable risk.
    Sergeant Philip PANTOOCK 20
    Leading Aircraftman Robert Stuart PALMER 29
    Leading Aircraftman Reginald Walter BANKS 35
    Aircraftman 2nd Class Herbert AMOORE 21


    I'd be interested to know if there is any variation to the above on the website to which Google took you.

    Colin Cummings

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    Gents,

    I have a note that the a/c came down at Rodley.

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    Gents
    Many thanks, that's very helpful. There are 300ft high tensions which cross the Severn at Rodley. Whether they were there or not in 1942 is anyone's guess, but it would make sense.

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    The cables are marked on a map dated 1949 revised 1953.

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    The anniversary of the accident involving DJ181 is approaching. Does anyone have the 1180?

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    Hi Darren,

    A copy is spooling up to you by email at the moment.

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    Not sure what other information Ross will have emailed but it's unlikely that the 1180 will have the full crew details.

    For the record, I think they were:

    Sgt Edward Cecil PERKINS 20 (my copy of the 1180 also has another name crossed out).

    The other two on board were LACs Laurence William ROPER 29 and Brian CROSS 21

    Colin Cummings

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