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Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I near Calais: 1 killed

Accident description

  • Sep 9, 1939
  • L7058
  • Flight
  • Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
  • Yes
  • Lake, Sea, Ocean
  • Detling - Detling
  • Calais, Pas-de-Calais
  • France
  • Europe
  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
  • The crew was performing a maritime patrol flight off the French coast. En route, both engines failed, forcing the crew to ditch the aircraft near Cape Gris Nez, west of Calais. The pilot was killed while both air gunner were rescued. The aircraft sunk and was lost.
    Crew (48th Squadron):
    P/O John James Drummond, pilot,
    Sergeant Guy Nelson, air gunner,
    AC1 Arthur Evan, air gunner.
  • Double engine failure caused by fuel exhaustion.