Arms and Uniforms: Second World War Part 2 by L. Funcken, F. Funcken

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It had crashed about 20 miles east of Aberdeen. he Avro Anson, or 'Faithful Annie' as she was affectionately known to many thousands of wartime and post-war aircrew, was one of the most long-lived RAF aircraft, having served in various forms for 32 years when it was finally withdrawn in 1968. T Hawker Hart Trainer K586l '25' oi No 7 Service Flying TraiIllng School at Peterborough around 1940 (MAP photo) Specification (Mark I) Power plant: Dimensions: Weights: Performance: Two 350 hp Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX Span 56 it 6 in, length 42 it 3 in, height 13 it lin, wing area 410 sq it.

W-Willie was reckoned to be our best aircraft, being 10 knots faster than any of the others, but one day It suffered an undercarriage malfunction. lt would not lock down and couldn't be retracted again, so the aircraft was put down on the grass after a fast flat approach with flaps raised to minimise damage. lt gently descended onto its belly and slithered through the boundary hedge, across the ShawburyGrinshill road, coming to rest in a field The crew lost no time getting out of it and retreatmg to a safe distance, and were still out of breath when the Flight Commander, who had followed the fire tender and ambulance to the scene, asked them to 'Go back and do it again, more slowly, as I missed it l ' On another occasion, Y-Yoke was taking part in an aerial search in South Wales, based on Pembrey, Fighter Command OCU.

Both crew members were rescued to recover from their injuries, and some years later the aircraft was dredged up by chance in a fishing trawl. It had crashed about 20 miles east of Aberdeen. he Avro Anson, or 'Faithful Annie' as she was affectionately known to many thousands of wartime and post-war aircrew, was one of the most long-lived RAF aircraft, having served in various forms for 32 years when it was finally withdrawn in 1968. T Hawker Hart Trainer K586l '25' oi No 7 Service Flying TraiIllng School at Peterborough around 1940 (MAP photo) Specification (Mark I) Power plant: Dimensions: Weights: Performance: Two 350 hp Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX Span 56 it 6 in, length 42 it 3 in, height 13 it lin, wing area 410 sq it.

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