Avro Anson AX145 Crashed at Geale Farm near Skiddaw

On the 1st January 1943, Anson AX145 took off from RAF Wigtown, on a non- operational navigation training flight. The last W/T message was received from the aircraft at 1900 hours, when an acknowledgement of the correct frequency was received. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft which failed to return to base. Searches by other aircraft and marine craft over land and sea routes which the aircraft should have followed were conducted at daybreak, but no trace of the missing aircraft or crew were found. It was presumed the plane had come down in the sea.

Nothing further was known until the night of January 29th, when a message was received from R.A.F. Silloth o the effect that F/O Norman of 83 M.U. while inspecting a crashed Hurricane on Skiddaw, was informed of a wrecked aircraft having been sighted on a very high crag. A party was immediately formed and proceeded to the scene where it was discovered to be the missing Anson QX145. The aircraft had come down near Geale farm, at approximate co-ordinates 5dgs 38’49N 3’dgs 08’46″W.

Crew: (all killed)
RCAF J/16171 PO Thompson W P C (Pilot)
RAF 129765 PO Burt, W (Navigator)
RAAF 414574 Sgt E O Knight (Navigator)
RAAF 413950 PO Bown, B O (Wireless Air Gunner)
RAF 1257904 Sgt G D Singleton, (Wireless Air Gunner)

PO Thompson, PO Bown and Sgt Knight are buried in the Silloth (Causewayhead) Cemetery, Holme Low, UK.
PO Burt is buried in the Annan Cemetery, UK.
Sgt Singleton is buried in the Hampton Hill (St James) Churchyard, UK

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