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Anson N9857

August 6, 2012

Anson N9857 – Beinn an Fhurain

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Photographs taken 24th July 2012   ©Katie Johnston

The Anson N9857 is reported to have left RAF Kinloss on the 13th April 1941. The planned route would take the crew to Inverness, Oban, Stornoway, Cape Wrath, Achnashellach Station and back to RAF Kinloss.

The unpredictable Scottish weather conditions lead to the Anson coming down on the summit of Beinn an Fhurain 2,200 ft. Due to the remoteness of the crash site a search for the missing crew ended in vain and it was a shepherd who eventually came across the wreckage on the 25th May 1941. A report at the time suggested that three of the six crew members had survived the crash. Five of the crew however, were found in the fuselage of the aircraft wrapped in their parachutes. The sixth body of Sergeant Mitchell was found half a mile away sheltered by a rock, it is thought that he had set out to find help but had succumbed to the harsh conditions.

A cairn was erected at the site and the natural stone underwent gradual erosion until 1985 when Air Cadets from No 2489 (Bridge of Don) squadron, under the command of Flight Lieutenant Niall Aslen, set out to rebuild and refurbish the cairn. In May this year the Commonwealth War Graves Commission announced that they intended to place a new memorial over the crash site of the Anson N9857. A large granite slab now sits at the site and a plaque to commemorate the crew, whose lives were lost on that fateful April day.

The Anson N9857 crew

 

Name: DREW, WILLIAM EDWARD

Initials: W E

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Pilot Officer (Obs.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force

Age: 28

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 45356

Additional information: Son of William and Mary Drew; husband of Edwardena Drew, of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: EMERY, JACK

Initials: J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Age: 20

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 976995

Additional information: Son of Henry William and Nancy Emery; husband of Maureen Patricia Emery, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: KENNY, THOMAS BRENDON

Initials: T B

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Flight Sergeant (W.Op.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force

Age: 20

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 551620

Additional information: Son of Thomas and Helen Kenny, of Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: MITCHELL, CHARLES MCPHERSON

Initials: C M

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Sergeant (Obs U/T)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Age: 31

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 992122

Additional information: Son of William and Mary Jane Mitchell; husband of Violet Helen Mitchell, of Aberdeen.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: STEYN, JAMES HENRY

Initials: J H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force

Age: 23

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 42275

Awards: D F C

Additional information: Son of Henry George Arthur Steyn, and of Daisy Frances Ann Steyn (nee Cole), of Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: TOMPSETT, HAROLD ARTHUR

Initials: H A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Age: 20

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 931417

Additional information: Son of Harold Spencer Tompsett and Annie Elizabeth Tompsett, of Croydon, Surrey; husband of Anabeth Eva Amelia Tompsett (nee Nipper).

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

Information from the CWGC website

 

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