Avro Anson Mk.I N5297 of No.2 (O)AFU crashed on Shalloch-on-Minnoch on the 2nd July 1942
|William Thomas Gale||Flight Sergeant, RCAF||Pilot||Killed|
|James Cameron Campbell||Leading Aircraftman||Observer (u/t)||Killed|
|Joseph Arthur Wild||Leading Aircraftman||Observer (u/t)||Killed|
|John Benson Hall||Sergeant||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner||Killed|
|Ernest Everall||Aircraftman 2nd Class||Wireless Operator / Air Gunner (u/t)||Killed|
The aircraft was being used for a cross country navigation training flight with a crew of five, a staff pilot and wireless operator along with three trainees. After taking off from Millom in Cumbria at 11:00 the aircraft was seen by the Royal Observer Corps north west of Dumfries flying at 3,000ft. After then there were no sightings of the aircraft and no radio communication.
When it failed to return it was presumed that the aircraft may have flown into one of the mountains of southern Scotland which had been covered with cloud that day.
Two days later a shepherd discovered the wrecked aircraft on the eastern side of the summit of Shalloch-on-Minnoch. Despite having flown into relatively level ground all five on board had been killed. The shepherd returned from the hill and reported the crash to the local Police who then informed RAF Turnberry. By the time a party from RAF Turnberry reached the top of the hill it was dark and they left the hill for the night, returning during the 5th July to recover the bodies of the crew.
On the 9th July the aircraft’s Pilot and Wireless Operator were buried at Dunure Cemetery near Turnberry, while the other three crew were returned to their families for burial. The two who are buried at Dunure have the date 3rd July inscribed on their headstones, the reason for this is unknown as none of the crew survived the crash and it occurred during the day on the 2nd July.