Avro 652A Anson I N4877/G-AMDA
Photographed in the AirSpace hangar, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on 15 March 2011.
Unfortunately the lighting conditions in this hangar vary from reasonable to terrible - and this Anson is in one of the darker areas!
On 1st June 1940, Plt Off Peters of No 500 (County of Kent) Squadron led a patrol of three Ansons to Dunkirk to support the evacuation of the BEF. The flight was attacked by nine Me 109s and two Ansons were sufficiently damaged to force them to return to base. Peters remained on station, and made himself a very difficult target by slow, evasive manoeuvres at wave-top height. One Me 109 overshot his attack and Peters downed it with his nose gun; a second 109 was then shot down, and a third returned to base with severe damage. Peters returned safely to base – with just one bullet hole in his aircraft. Peters was awarded a well-earned DFC.
THis aircraft has been restored to show the appearance and configuration of that aircraft (Mk V N9732).
N4877 had served with the RAF from December 1938 to 1978, when its Certificate of Airworthiness expired. In order to retain as much of the original aircraft as possible, the IWM chose to restore it to non-flying condition. However, this still required repairs to the mainplane, installation of a representative gun turret and bomb-bay fittings, replacement of the metal tailplane with the appropriate wooden structure, and finally the replacement of the smooth “Oxford” engine cowlings with earlier, helmeted cowlings.
Picture added on 24 March 2011 at 14:14