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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181220
Last updated: 6 November 2019
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Date:09-SEP-1939
Time:22:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:500 (County of Kent) Squadron Royal Air Force (500 (County of Kent) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N5066
C/n / msn: MK-B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, off Seasalter, Kent. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
Destination airport:RAF Detling, Maidstone, Kent
Narrative:
Avro Anson Mk.I N5066, 500 (County of Kent) Squadron RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 9/9/39 when ran out off fuel & ditched into the English Channel, off Seasalter, Kent, while on recon mission in fog, over North Sea. A small number of vessels were launched, including the lifeboats from Southend-on-Sea (Essex) and Margate (Kent). All four of the crew were found and rescued

Crew:
Pilot: Pilot Officer Lane OK
Co-pilot: Pilot Officer E.N. Harris OK.
812107 AC.2 Ronald Harold Coomber R.Aux.AF OK, (died 10/10/41 in Blenheim V6171 while still with 500 Sqn.).
812204 AC.2 William Joseph Smith R.Aux.AF OK, (died 05/06/40 while still with 500 Sqn.).

Sources:

1. Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War Vol 1 by Ross McNeill page 14
2. https://www.aviationartprints.com/airframe_data.php?FrameID=25159
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1084907/coomber,-ronald-harold/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2655313/smith,-william-joseph/
5. 500 Squadron RAF ORB (Air Ministry Form 540) September-October 1940: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2504588
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasalter


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Nov-2015 09:15 JINX Added
11-Nov-2015 16:58 JINX Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 21:17 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities]
07-Jan-2016 21:18 JIXN Updated [Total fatalities]
29-Jan-2016 20:50 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
22-Feb-2016 08:16 Lorenzo Lamas Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
14-Nov-2016 00:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
02-May-2018 20:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-May-2018 20:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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