Avro Anson Mk.I DJ472 of No.1 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit, RAF, crashed on Caisteal Abhail on the Isle of Arran, 2nd August 1942
|Hugh Colin Campbell||Flight Lieutenant||Pilot||Killed|
|Henry Thomas Swain||Sergeant||Wireless Operator||Killed|
|Reginald Richard Hinton||Sergeant, RAAF||Observer (u/t)||Killed|
|Gordon Ralph Lewis||Sergeant, RCAF||Observer (u/t)||Killed|
|Kenneth Walley||Leading Aircraftman||Observer (u/t)||Killed|
On the 2nd August 1942 Anson DJ472 left RAF Wigtown to the south of Newton Stewart in Galloway for a cross country navigation flight. At about 18:00 while on a leg of the flight from Tiree to Prestwick the aircraft flew into Caisteal Abhail on the Isle of Arran, the second highest mountain on the island, just below its summit. The wreckage came to rest on the southern side of the ridge where it was destroyed by the ensuing fire.
At the time of the crash the mountains of Arran were obscured by low cloud which across the region ranged from a base of as little as 1,000ft to 3,500ft. These should not have presented much of a danger had the aircraft been on the correct track, however it was nearly 8 miles south of the direct track from TIree to Prestwick which had the aircraft crossing the high ground of Arran which at the crash site is just over 2,800ft above sea level.
Four of the five crew of the aircraft were buried at Kirkinner Cemetery close to RAF Wigtown, the fifth was buried in North London. Below are the graves of those buried at Kirkinner.