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Anson MG804

Avro Anson MG804 crashed on Foel-fras in north Wales on 12 July 1944 during a night navigation exercise killing one of the crew.

Flight Sergeant Biffen (pilot, killed)
Flight Sergeant Standring (wireless operator, killed though this record may be incorrect, see below)
Pilot Officer Sibthorpe (navigator, survived)
Sergeant Dalton (bomb aimer, survived)
Sergeant Lorrimer (wireless operator under tuition, survived)

Edit 31 October 2020 – Please see comment below by Andrew Biffen, grandson of Flight Sergeant Biffen.

The hill in the far distance in the photo above is Carnedd Dafydd

Grid ref from Peakwreckhunters SH 69617 67586

Debris remaining at the crash site. I could not see the 11 foot long section of wing seen in other photos. It could be some distance from the crash site or it could have been stolen.




2 comments on “Anson MG804
  1. Andrew biffen says:

    Currently researching the crash in which my Grandfather Flight Sergeant William Gordon Harold Biffen died. Until now my believed the Anson crashed in Cumbria,I am grateful to you for your photographs and correct position of the site.Unfortunately,I have to correct you on the casualty, my Grand father was the only member of the crew to be killed, you have him as the pilot who survived.

    • Ian D B says:

      Thanks Andrew, I have amended the detail you provide regarding your grandfather. You mention he was the only crew member to be killed in this crash, so I wonder if it is that he and the wireless op have been mixed up, or whether both were killed? I shall have a look around, see if I can find any further reference.

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