Avro Anson LV153 crash in the Sperrin Mountains, Co. Tyrone

6th March 2018

On 6th March 1945, Avro Anson LV153 crashed at Mullaclogha Mountain in the Sperrin Mountains, Co. Tyrone killing 4 of the 5 crew members from the RAF.

Avro Anson LV153 crashed in Legnacoppage Glen, Mullaghclogha Mountain in the Sperrin Mountains, Co. Tyrone at 0030hrs on 6th March 1945. The Mark I plane with RAF No. 1 (O) Advanced Flying Unit took off from RAF Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland at 2130hrs on 5th March 1945.

The flight was a non-operational night navigation training exercise. Of the 5 occupants, 4 died in the crash. Sergeant Michael Shaxson suffered serious injuries but survived the incident.

Locals who arrived at the scene brought him to Donaghy’s farmhouse for emergency treatment. hey took the remaining men’s bodies from the mountain wrapped in parachutes. Authorities declared the plane as written off.

Remembering the crew of Avro Anson LV153

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
McFadyenIan LachlanPilot OfficerPilotRCAF J/36483. Killed.
GillianRobert HughFlight SergeantNavigatorRAAF 37399. Killed.
ShaxsonThomas Michael DavidSergeantAir BomberRAF. Injured.
PennackJackWarrant OfficerWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAF. Killed.
ButtonRichard ArthurSergeantWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAF. Killed.

On 6th March 2011, Glenelly Historical Society erected a memorial at the crash site in Co. Tyrone. Sergeant Shaxton’s widow and other family members attended the ceremony.

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