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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25168
Last updated: 23 June 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson T Mk 22
Owner/operator:TC Royal Air Force (TC RAF)
Registration: VS603
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Widdington, 3 miles S of RAF Debden, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Debden, Essex
Destination airport:
On 15 September 1952 two RAF Avro Ansons collied near Widdrington, Essex. Anson VS603 hit the tailplane of VS598 whilst rejoining formation, and both aircraft killing their pilots. The Times from 16th September 1952 stated:

Two RAF Anson's flying from Debden Airfield, Essex, collided and crashed near Widdington, five miles away. The pilots, Flight Lieutenant K. Jarvis and Flight Lieutenant P. Sherriff, were killed.

This aircraft and Anson VS598 were part of a mixed formation with some Oxfords in a Battle of Britain flypast. On completion of the flypast, the Ansons left the Oxfords to overfly the airfield again in line-astern. However they collided and both crashed. Flight Lieutenant P. Sherriff was in Anson VS603
I am trying to find out more information of his service history, and would appreciate any further information. C.Main (


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
06-Apr-2012 21:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Apr-2012 21:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
06-Jan-2013 14:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
12-Jan-2013 07:17 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
30-Sep-2013 14:53 C.Main Updated [Narrative]
05-May-2017 18:19 adsams19 Updated [Location]

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