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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210041
Last updated: 16 January 2020
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Date:28-NOV-1939
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:148 Squadron Royal Air Force (148 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N5084
C/n / msn: BS-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Simonsbath, Exmoor, 15 miles WSW of Minehead, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Avro Anson Mk.I N5084,("BS-P") 148 Squadron, RAF Harwell, Didcot, Oxfordshire: Written off (destroyed) 28/11/39 when flew into high ground at Simonsbath, Exmoor, fifteen miles west-south-west of Minehead, Somerset (at approximate co ordinates 51.1416N 3.7524W) during a night cross country navigation training flight. All five crew were killed:

Flying Officer Thomas William Storey (Pilot, Service Number 39179, aged 29) killed
Sgt Thomas Robert Moss (Observer, Service Number 518032, aged 29) killed
Sgt Gerald Roland Cecil Talbot (Observer, Service Number 580855, aged 22) killed
AC.1 Arthur John Whittaker (Wop/Air Gunner, Service Number 537645, aged 23) killed
AC.2 Frederick Challenger Overall (Service Number 632442, aged 23) killed

Aircraft initially posted as "missing"; The wreckage was found 40 hours later (on 30/11/39) in the Exmoor National Park.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. More Than Just A Name By Frank Bull, Chris Bonnett, Steve Adamson (page 293)
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2447706/storey,-thomas-william/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2949411/moss,-thomas-robert/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2436418/talbot,-gerald-roland-cecil/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2720769/whittaker,-arthur-john/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2436405/overall,-frederick-challenger/
9. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-avro-652-anson-i-exmoor-national-park-5-killed
10. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/64697736/frederick-challenger-overall
11. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/64698377


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Apr-2018 16:16 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Apr-2018 16:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Apr-2018 16:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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