Avro Anson Mk.I EF935 of No.1 (O)AFU crashed on Corney Fell near Bootle, Cumbria, on the 8th January 1945
|Stewart Anderson Stephen||Sergeant||Pilot||Survived|
|Harold Biffen||Warrant Officer||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Killed|
The aircraft was on a night navigation exercise from RAF Wigtown in Southern Scotland when it crashed on Corney Fell above the village of Bootle in the south western Lake District. After failing to return a search was started for the aircraft, a Warwick from No.281 Sqn at Great Orton near Carlisle was tasked with following its route around the Irish Sea. It was later diverted to the Cumbrian coast when the missing Anson was spotted by another aircraft.
The crash site was first reached by a farmer who was lower down the hill when one of the searching aircraft made a number of low passes over him heading in the direction of the wrecked aircraft before circling and then repeating the manoeuvre. The injured airmen were rescued by a Mountain Rescue Team from RAF Millom and then transferred to hospital, all had suffered serious leg injuries which had prevented any of them from leaving the site.