Avro Anson Mk.I MG827 of No.10 (Observer) Advanced Flying Unit crashed on Criffel near New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway on the 4th November 1944
|Clive Eric Johnson||Flying Officer (RAAF)||Pilot||Survived|
|Hugh Gunn||Flying Officer||Navigator||Survived|
|Neil Jackson||Warrant Officer||Wireless Operator||Survived|
|Norman Albert Burt||Wing Commander||Passenger (Navigator)||Survived|
|Roger Hutton White||Flight Lieutenant||Passenger||Survived|
The aircraft was being used for a daytime cross country navigation flight from RAF Dumfries when it flew into the north western side of Criffel, an 1,800ft high mountain on the Solway coast 11 miles from the airfield, in poor visibility. The aircraft did not break up too severely on impact, though all onboard were injured. After the crash the wireless equipment was still operational which allowed the Warrant Officer Jackson to communicate with Dumfries and summon assistance.
A rescue party under the command of the Station Medical Officer, Flight Lieutenant Meiklejohn, set out to New Abbey to locate the crash site. When they arrived in the area they found that the navigator, Flying Officer Gunn, had despite a broken arm and lacerations descended from the crash site in search of help. Instead of going to hospital for treatment he turned around and guided the rescue party to the crash site, speeding up the arrival of medical help for the other injured airmen who were still in the wrecked aircraft sheltering from the 75 mph wind.
Both Flying Officer Gunn and Warrant Officer Jackson received Log Book Commendations from the Officer Commanding No.10 (O)AFU for their actions following the crash.