INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
|AVRO 652A "Anson" Mk I|
Anson MkI BCATP in Canada
Painting by C Driver
The BCATP evolved following a meeting of Government representatives from United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in Ottawa, and signed an agreement to set up the Plan in December 1939, converting Canada into what President Roosevelt later termed "the aerodrome of democracy." The first schools opened in Canada in April 1940, and by 24 November 1940 the first trainees from the Scheme arrived in the UK. In total 137,000 aircrew came to Canada from all corners of the globe to earn their wings in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
One of the main training schools was at the RCAF Station, Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia, Canada, where the Royal Navy had the eastern side of the airfield
whilst the RCAF flew anti-submarine patrols in Cansos from the other side
of the field.
Canadian built Anson IIs were supplied to the USAAF as AT-20s. Postwar, the Anson XII (with metal wings and tailplane) became the Anson XIX in civil guise for use as a small airliner aimed at feeder work. Further military developments culminated in the T.22 radio trainer of 1948. The RAF retired its last Ansons in the 1950s.
Service: With air forces of Australia (1021), Canada, Egypt, Finland (3), Great Britain, Greenland (12), Ireland, New Zealand (23), South Africa (c 750), Turkey, USA (50)
Fleet Air Arm history
Total with FAA: 140
First delivered to RN: To TOC RARIU Christchurch (NZ) 11 July 1942 (eg N9608).
Many delivered to TOC RARIU on 25 October 1943.
Last delivered to RN Used till after 1945
First squadron: 784 sqdn (BOAC) drem 9.42-45
Anson Mk II
Total with FAA:
First delivered to RN: 25 January 1943 (No 11226) to 745 squadron at Yarmouth
Nova Scotia (Canada). In total 60 former RCAF aircraft all
delivered to 745 squadron at Yarmouth for TAG training.
Last remaing with RN Used till 9.44
Battle Honours and Operational History
There are still a number of Anson surviving around the world, including airworthy examples and preserved specimens in the RAF Museum (UK), Cosford RAF Museum (UK), National Aviation Museum (Canada) and the Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, the Bull Creek Collection (Australia), MoTaT and the RNZAF Museum. None are believed to be former FAA aircraft. It is probable that a considerable number of Anson components remain on farms around New Zealand and these may include some of the former Fleet Air Arm aircraft.
Cosford Museum (UK) Avro Anson C.19 TX214 7817M
Imperial War Museum, Duxford (UK) Avro Anson I N4877 / G-AMDA
Anson I NZ415 (ex LT376) is on display in the RNZAF museum. Completed as a composite restoration by the Museum Technical Section between 1985 and 1987, the aircraft incorporates the metal wings and tailplane from VL307 and elements from NZ410 (ex DG695) and NZ422 (ex LT447), along with D6695. The aircraft is presented as NZ406 as operated by the GR school at Bell Block (New Plymouth) in 1943.
Static Aircraft Display at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon (Canada) Mk V Anson built in 1941