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Canadian Warplanes 3: Avro Anson

Avro Anson

Data current to 27 Dec 2020.

 (NDIL Photo via Tom Walsh)

Avro Anson Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 6453), built in the United Kingdom. Taken on strength by the RCAF on 8 March 1941. Struck off strength on 27 April 1945. 6453 served with No. 1 Air Navigation School at Rivers Camp, Manitoba.

The Avro Anson was known by a number of nicknames including “Faithful Annie” or “Flying Greenhouse”.  It was the first aircraft to be flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force to have a retractable undercarriage, which was a comparative novelty in 1936.  In 1940, a Canadian government owned company, Federal Aircraft Limited, was created in Montreal to manufacture the Anson for Canadian use.  Nearly 3,000 Anson aircraft were produced and, in the early days of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), the Anson was the standard trainer for many pilots, observers (navigators), wireless operators and bomb aimers.  More than 20,000 aircrew received training on the Anson.  In Canadian service, the aircraft was substantially re-designed with the substitution of North American engines and many other airframe and equipment changes.

Avro 652A Anson Mk. I (1,528), (Serial Nos. 3541-3542), (Serial Nos. 6001-7068), (Serial Nos.10497-10499), A84, A85, A97, A103, A115, A116, K6197, K6207, K6230, K6241, K6251, K6264, K6265, K6278, K6281, K6293, K6297, K6298, K6300, K6302, K6303, K6316, K6324, K8706, K8709, K8714, K8724, K8727, K8729, K8730, K8734, K8743, K8745, K8751, K8752, K8756, K8760, K8761, K8770, K8774, K8775, K8777, K8782, K8786, K8818, K8820, K8824, K8830, L7046, L7054, L7056, L7062, L7070, L7910, L7911, L7931, L7946, L7959, L7961, L7962, L7966, L7967, L7970, L7971, L9158, L9159, N4856, N4859, N4861, N4862, N4874, N4886, N4888, N4894, N4897, N4898, N4901, N4905, N4907, N4909, N4915, N4924, N4928, N4932, N4938, N4942, N4963, N4964, N4967, N4968, N4978, N4979, N4998, N5008, N5011, N5012, N5015, N5016, N5018, N5023, N5035, N5036, N5038, N5041, N5042, N5047, N5049, N5051, N5058, N5087, N5088, N5092, N5104, N5107, N5108, N5148, N5162, N5189, N5195, N5201, N5202, N5207, N5208, N5211, N5212, N5214, N5216, N5217, N5219, N5236, N5241, N5243, N5249, N5250, N5253, N5258, N5261, N5268, N5273, N5292, N5298, N5300, N5301, N5304, N5306, N5316, N5320, N5341, N5347- N5350, N5352, N5353, N5357, N5358, N5361, N5362, N5370, N5375, N5380, N5384, N9526, N9528, N9529, N9539- N9542, N9547- N9549, N9555, N9557, N9559, N9560, N9564, N9566, N9572, N9574, N9575, N9588, N9591- N9597, N9600, N9602- N9604, N9607, N9615, N9640, N9644, N9650- N9652, N9655, N9658, N9659, N9661, N9665, N9670, N9672, N9675, N9688, N9713, N9715, N9719, N9724, N9725, N9728, N9746, N9750, N9752, N9766, N9770, N9779, N9786, N9816, N9818- N9820, N9836- N9838, N9843- N9845, N9850, N9851, N9854, N9856, N9870- N9872, N9874, N9887, N9888, N9891, N9893, N9894, N9899- N9901, N9905, N9907, N9938, N9943, N9982, N9983, N9985, R3338, R3350, R3372, R3377, R3380, R3383, R3390, R3401, R3404, R3413, R3431, R3434, R3438, R3442, R3447, R3463, R9568, R9577, R9588- R9591, R9598, R9599, R9601, R9609, R9631, R9633, R9635, R9641, R9651, R9664, R9666, R9668- R9670, R9685, R9686, R9688, R9691, R9692, R9696, R9700, R9703, R9714, R9715, R9720, R9722, R9723, R9725, R9739- R9741, R9768, R9775, R9778, R9798, R9800, R9818- R9821, R9823, R9826, W1654, W1672, W1729, W1768, W2617, W2621, W2623, W2624, W2640, W2643, W2653, W2654, W2658, W2661, W2665, AW964, AW968, AX105, AX109- AX111, AX114, AX116, AX137, AX146, AX163- AX172, AX181- AX187, AX218, AX219, AX221, AX222, AX227, AX239, AX242- AX248, AX283, AX284, AX287, AX288, AX343, AX347- AX349, AX356, AX365- AX372, AX396, AX397, AX414, AX415, AX418, AX419, AX422, AX423, AX426, AX427, AX436, AX444, AX445, AX469, AX472, AX473, AX482- AX496, AX507, AX508, AX572, AX573, AX611, AX612, AX640, AX641, DG812, DG813, DG817, DG820, DG823, DG872- DG875, DG893, DG894, DG898, DG899), Mk. II (1,833), (Serial Nos. 7069-7622), (Serial Nos. 8203-8648), (Serial Nos. 11181-11580), FP687-FP999, JS100-JS218, Mk. IV (1), (Serial No. 10257), Mk. V (1,049), (Serial Nos. 11581-12628, 13231), Mk. VI (1), (Serial No. 13881), for a total of 4,413 aircraft.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3222582)

Avro Anson Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. R3373), Uplands, Ontario, 12 Apr 1940.

 (RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)

Avro Anson Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 7366), from No. 6 Bombing & Gunnery School at Mountain View, Ontario.  7366 was severely damaged when the landing gear collapsed while making a heavy landing during a thunderstorm at Mountain View on 23 June 1942.  The aircraft was transported to No. 6 Repair Depot at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario, and patched up. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583111)

Avro Anson Mk. IV, RCAF (Serial No. R9692), 3 Jan 1944.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582132)

Avro Anson Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 6195). 20 Apr 1942.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581652)

Avro Anson Mk. I, RCAF, 12 Apr 1940. 

(RCAF Photo)

Avro Anson Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 7359) in flight.

 (T.F.J. Leversedge Photo)

Avro Anson Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 11534) in flight.  This Anson Mk. II served with the Central Testing Establishment at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, and the Photo Reconnaissance Flight also based at Rockcliffe.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388099)

Avro Anson Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 7069), Rockcliffe, 30 June 1942.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643700)

Avro Anson Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 7069), Rockcliffe, 30 June 1942. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582082)

Avro Anson Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 7150), 24 Mar 1942.

 (DND Archives Photo, PL-9658)

Avro Anson Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 7150), 24 Mar 1942.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581893)

Avro Anson Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 6008), 25 Oct 1941. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581894)

Avro Anson Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 6008), Rockcliffe, Ontario, 25 Oct 1941. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581909)

Avro Anson Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 6339), Rockcliffe, Ontario, 24 Oct 1941.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581910)

Avro Anson Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. 6339), Rockcliffe, Ontario, 24 Oct 1941.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643683)

Avro Anson Mk. III, RCAF, cockpit, 25 Oct 1941. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582869)

Avro Anson Mk. IV, RCAF (Serial No. 10257). 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643727)

Avro Anson Mk. V, RCAF (Serial Nos. 11919 & 11891), No. 13 Sqn. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545923)

Avro Anson Mk. V, RCAF, No. 414 Sqn, 1944.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 358214)

Avro Anson Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 13881), 18 Apr 1944.  This prototype Mk. VI was completed by Federal Aircraft and first flown on 21 September 1943 by E. Leigh Capreol.  It was fitted with a Bristol Mk. IV hydraulically-operated gun turret. The turret arrangement was deemed unsatisfactory which led to the Mk. VI program being cancelled. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583061)

Avro Anson Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 13881), 20 Oct 1943. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583215)

Avro Anson Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 13881), 18 Apr 1944. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327567)

Avro Anson, No. 4 Service Flying Training School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 4 Oct 1940. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327568)

Avro Anson, No. 4 Service Flying Training School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 4 Oct 1940. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327287)

Avro Anson, PO E.E. Creed, RCAF, 23 Aug 1940.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583348) 

Avro Anson, RCAF  aircrew, 4 July 1944. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388008)

Avro Anson Mk. I on skis, RCAF (Serial No. 6195), RCAF Rockcliffe ,Ontario, Jan 1942. 

(Shearwater Aviation Museum Photo)

Avro Anson Mk. V (Serial No, 12435) in RCN service with red and blue roundel. 

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584259)

Avro Anson Mk. V, RCAF (Serial No. 12563), with post-war Maple Leaf roundels, Arnprior,  Ontario, 11 Jun 1949.