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Old 10-14-2010, 01:24 PM
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wasn't the Anson used to train bomber crews? what does that have to do with BOB? .. unless we need to fly our whimpys to attack an invasion force!

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wasn't the Anson used to train bomber crews? what does that have to do with BOB? .. unless we need to fly our whimpys to attack an invasion force!

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It was used by Coastal Command, for sub hunting amongst other duties.

"In its original coastal reconnaissance role, it was designed to disable submarines. It was not expected to fight it out with enemy aircraft, but to run for home with a top speed of 300 km/hr. Nevertheless there were occasions when it had a more attacking role. It was used during the Dunkirk evacuation, on 1 June 1940 an Anson of 500 squadron was attacked by three Messerschmitt Bf109s and managed to shoot down two of them, and in the same mode there is an apparently reliable report of three Ansons being attacked by 10 Messerschmitt 109s with the Ansons managing to shoot down three of them."

"Ansons (equipping 21 squadrons) and Sunderlands were the mainstay of Coastal Command at the start of the war. The Command always thought its role was neglected in comparison with other Commands, and that consequently its aircraft were not updated as regularly. Later on the Command began to receive aircraft that could really halt the U-Boat menace (especially to convoys) but for the time being the Ansons were required to do their best. Already on the third day of war, an Anson had scored a probable hit on a U-Boat "

from:

http://www.scramble.nl/wiki/index.php?title=AVRO_Anson




Also, interestingly:

" During the Battle of Britain, Ansons from Detling continued with their patrol of the English Channel. However, they were also given a new night-time role – flying over London to ensure that blackout regulations were being kept. "

From:

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk...ld-war_two.htm




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