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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204895
Last updated: 2 June 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:1 ANS RCAF
Registration: 6250
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:in the middle of Oak Lake, Manitoba -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 25 February 1941 the Anson I 6250 of 1 Air Navigation School RCAF (at Rivers, Manitoba) crashed at 1500 hrs during a snowstorm into the ice in the middle of Oak Lake (about 25 miles south-west of Rivers) on a routine flight. The aircraft was wrecked and all four men aboard were killed.

Search parties from Rivers and from teh surrounding district searched all night for the plane without success. The Wreckage was found at 0800 hrs on the 26th by Earl Williams, who lived on a farm near Oak Lake. The day before he had seen the plane flying in the storm and was sure it was going to crash and actually heard it. He rode several miles on horseback to look for the crashed aircraft but could not find it because of the storm. Wreckage was strewn for 70 yards around the plane when it was found. The bodies of the crew were found in the twisted wreck.

Their bodies were returned to Rivers on the 27th. They were then sent to their families for burial.

Crew (all killed):
Sgt Joseph Goodwin Butcher (pilot, 25, from Carman, Manitoba)
Sgt William Henry Prest (observer, 20, from Lucknow, Ontario)
Sgt Harry Albert Howarth (observer, 19, from London, Ontario)
LAC Lloyd Ross Lancaster (wireless operator, 23, from Rodney, Ontario)

This aircraft, the ex RAF Anson W1675 had been taken on strength by RCAF at MacDonald Brothers Aircraft in Winnipeg on 4 December 1940. A winter conversion set was installed during assembly by MacDonald Brothers. The aircraft was then reported with Test & Development Establishment at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, but this is not confirmed by the Aircraft Record Card. It went to 2 Training Command on 11 January 1941, for use by 1 Air Navigation School at Rivers, Manitoba.

San Bernardino Sun, 28 February 1941 (available online at,_Manitoba

Revision history:

22-Jan-2018 21:09 TB Added
29-Jan-2018 10:22 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2018 20:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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