Avro Anson 6610


Collection Gerald Thomas Padden
Courtesy Graham Padden (paddeng@padden.eu)

Source of information


built in UK
Anson Mk. I

first date: 17 April 1941 – Taken on strength at MacDonald Brothers Aircraft at Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ex RAF W2134.

Winter conversion kit installed during assembly. To No. 2 Training Command on 29 July 1941, for use by No. 7 Air Observers School at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

To MacDonald Brothers for overhaul, 25 March to 6 June 1943.

To No. 2 Training Command when completed.

To No. 2 Air Command on 1 December 1944.

Pending disposal from 10 April 1945.

By 27 November 1945 on the books of Material Command, stored at No. 5 Satellite Equipment Holding Unit at Neepawa, Manitoba, where it was noted with 3619:25 total time, 1667:25 since overhaul.

last date: 1 October 1946 – Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal


Collection Gerald Thomas Padden
Courtesy Graham Padden (paddeng@padden.eu)

Restoring an Avro Anson

For addicted Avro Anson lovers…

Avro Anson

Aces Flying High

After I wrote my blog on the 2012 Nhill Fly In I was invited by John Deckert a member of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre to visit the workshops in Nhill (in country Victoria, Australia) where the various projects associated with their restoration of a World War Two era British designed Avro Anson Mk.I twin-engined maritime patrol, air crew training and liaison aircraft are taking place. This particular Avro Anson was built in 1941 and recovered as a virtual wreck from a Wimmera farm in 2009.

RAAF Avro Anson 1938 RAAF Avro Anson’s in 1938

Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Avro Anson Restoration The Nhill Avro Anson under restoration


The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre will build a new museum to house the Avro Anson along with the associated memorabilia they have collected at the Nhill Aerodrome, a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) training air base in World War Two. The base operated from 1941-1946 predominately flying the Anson to conduct air navigation and armaments training including bombing training…

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Avro Anson

Avro Anson August 1941 modified

I have seen people on Facebook get all excited about pictures of planes used in the BCATP.

I can see why. This picture was taken from Walter Neil Dove’s photo albums. If you want to use it please give due credit to Walter Neil Dove.

Walter who?

Walter was also known as Wally Dove.

Google Walter Neil Dove and you will see who is Walter who.

Walter never flew the Avro Anson, but he took that picture in August 1941.

Avro Anson August 1941 modified

He flew Spitfires with RCAF 403 Squadron from December 1944 till the end of the war.

Mervyn Jack Mills also flew Spitfires but not for long. He went missing on November 19th, 1942. Easy to remember that date. One of my sons was born on November 19th.

Been born in a world with less tyranny is one of the reasons I write blogs about WWII and pay homage to those who left this world in the hope of a better world.

Strong message if you can read between the lines.

Avro Anson

The only one in the world still flying.

Avro Anson 2

Print screen taken of the video

Click here to see the video on You Tube.

Now sit in the cockpit.

I found these thanks to Peter Whitfield on this Facebook page

Update from Errol Cavit in the comment section.

ZK-RRA is the only Mk.I still flying, there are two later Marks flying in the UK (or at least they were last airshow season).

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Print screen taken of the video

Avro Anson August 1941 modified

Collection Walter Neil Dove