Accident Avro Anson C Mk 19 VM309, Tuesday 18 January 1955
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Date:Tuesday 18 January 1955
Time:08:38 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Anson C Mk 19
Owner/operator:Ismailia SF RAF
Registration: VM309
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Persian Gulf, off Kuwait coast -   Kuwait
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Muharraq, Bahrein
Destination airport:RAF Saibah, Iraq
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
ON January 17th 1955, whilst on a flight from Bahrein to Shaibah in the Persian Gulf, a distance of 340 miles, an Anson carrying five officers and a sergeant met with an accident.

The last contact with the aircraft was at 08:38 G.M.T. when it was 55 minutes outward bound.
Those lost with the aircraft were:

G/C. H. J. Irens (pilot)
Sgt. Radley (signaller)
G/C. A. M. Aberdein
W/C. M. Dean
S/L. R. H. Stevenson and
F/L. Cranley.

A search was instituted by a Hastings from Shaibah, a Valetta from Bahrein, a U.S.A.F. Dakota from Dharan, seven Venoms from Habbaniya and Austers from Kuwait, surface craft also assisting. Later, parts of the aircraft and the bodies of G/C. Irens and W/C. Dean were found by H.M.S. Owen. The two officers were buried at sea.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
03-Apr-2012 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Apr-2012 20:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Apr-2012 20:03 Dr. John Smith Updated
17-Apr-2012 16:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
06-May-2013 14:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
16-Jan-2016 20:30 JIXN Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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