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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71955
Last updated: 10 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:48 Squadron Royal Air Force (48 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K6246
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The Hermitage, St. Catherines Down, near Whitwell, Isle of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire
Destination airport:RAF Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire
This Avro Anson, K6246, was the first allied aircraft of World War II to crash on the Isle of Wight. The Anson from 48 Squadron was flying normally from Thorney Island when the returning from convoy patrol flew too low, navigating in thick fog and crashed into St Catherine's Down near the Hermitage, Little Dolcoppice Lane, north-west of Whitwell.

There was only one survivor from a crew of four, being that of Aircraftsman C.M.Ritter. He was pulled from the wreckage and latterly sent to Ryde Hospital with serious injuries.

Crew of Anson K6246 were:
Flying Officer Humphrey Brisbane Maunsell Pearson (pilot, Service Number 37983, aged 23) - KIA
Sergeant Pilot Follett Mattinson Pennell (Navigator, Service Number 580304, aged 23) - KIA
Aircraftman Francis Herbert Rook (Wop/Air gunner, Service Number 237377, aged 22) - KIA
Leading Aircraftman C M Ritter (injured)

It is worth noting that the official documents and Board of Inquiry reports into the accident (held at the National Archives Under file AIR 81/1772) are closed for 99 years - until January 1 2039


1. Battle in The Skies over the Isle of Wight (H J T Leal) Isle of Wight County Press,1988
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1772

Revision history:

28-Jan-2010 03:04 John Baker Added
19-Jan-2012 14:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source]
18-Mar-2012 08:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2012 14:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
14-Aug-2013 21:49 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
02-Feb-2015 16:27 Don Diego Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
27-Apr-2019 05:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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