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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28343
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:20-FEB-1961
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson C.19
Owner/operator:Technical Training Command Comms Flt, Royal Air Forc
Registration: VL312
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near North Barrule, Isle of Man -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Destination airport:RAF Jurby, Isle of Man
Narrative:
Flew into a hillside 1,480 feet above sea level while in cloud. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("The Times, Tuesday, February 21 1961"):

"SIX KILLED IN RAF ANSON CRASH INTO MOUNTAIN
FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN, FEB 20
Six lives were lost when a Royal Air Force Anson aircraft crashed into North Barrule mountain in fog in the Isle of Man today. The aircraft was bound from Wyton, Huntingdonshire, to Jurby, Isle of Man.

The aircraft was carrying a pilot and navigator and four others. The six bodies were brought to Ramsey. The point where the wreckage was found was about 300 ft from the mountain top, which is about 2000 ft high.

The six killed were Wing Commander J.L. Aron, Brampton, Huntingdonshire; Squadron Leader C. Heseltine, Brampton; Flight Lieutenant H.D. Furness, Bedford; Flight Lieutenant B.H. Miller, Huntingdon; Master Technician E.N. Robinson, Brampton; and Flight Sergeant R.J. Bridgeman, Cambridge."

Note that the "Times" press report differs from the reports published on line by the next of kin of Flt Sgt Bridgeman, which states that the aircraft was en route to RAF Aldergrove, Belfast (see link #7). It is possible that VL312 was diverted to RAF Jurby due to adverse weather conditions (fog) and/or a refuelling stop.

Sources:

1. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATID=-895337&CATLN=7&accessmethod=5&j=1 (File Ref AVIA 5/40)
3. http://www.sohamgrammar.org.uk/postWW2-dead.htm
4. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1961.htm
5. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1961/archives/crash-of-an-avro-652-anson-in-isle-of-man-6-killed/
6. Royal Air Force aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
7. http://undyingmemory.net/Burwell/bridgeman%20russell.html
8. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
9. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=162657441


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
15-Dec-2011 16:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2012 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source]
09-Apr-2012 15:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-May-2013 13:40 bill Updated [Narrative]
20-Mar-2014 00:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2015 20:44 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
21-Dec-2015 20:46 TB Updated [Departure airport, Source]
23-Sep-2017 21:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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