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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181438
Last updated: 28 December 2019
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Date:06-DEC-1939
Time:morning
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:206 Squadron Royal Air Force (206 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K6189
C/n / msn: VX-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 70 miles North of Texel -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Narrative:
Avro Anson Mk.1 K6189 ("VX-R") of 206 Squadron, RAF: took off from RAF Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk at 09:25, and failed to return from an operational flight. Collided in combat with Bf.110 from II/ZG26 which also crashed, killing both crew. The aircraft was on a recon around Maas & Haaks L.V's (Light Vessels). Total fatalities: six - four in the Anson, two in the Bf 110.

Crew:
Pilot: 41237 Pilot Officer John Henry Grimes RAF killed.
Co-pilot: 526547 Sgt. Victor Donald MacMillan RAF killed.
550939 Corporal Harold John Cockayne RAF killed.
528459 AC.1 John Charles Bagley RAF killed.

No trace of the aircraft or crew was ever found; all four crew of Anson K6189 were commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War Vol 1. p 20
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 50)
3. The Anson File (Ray Srutivant, Air Britain, 1988 p 40)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/53: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142170
5. https://www.oldcicestrians.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/The-Fallen-Victor-Donald-MacMillan.pdf
6. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-avro-652-anson-i-north-sea-4-killed-0
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1798926/grimes,-john-henry/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1079678/macmillan,-victor-donald/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1084650/cockayne,-harold-john/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1083145/bagley,-john-charles/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Nov-2015 07:03 JINX Added
07-Jan-2016 20:58 JIXN Updated [Operator, Narrative]
01-Dec-2017 10:42 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
04-Jun-2019 01:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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