HISTORY OF THE AVRO ANSON
The original three Ansons were designed as a six passenger commercial aircraft, the first of which flew in January, 1935. In 1936, the design was then modified for Royal Air Force use on general reconnaissance and transport particularly coastal patrol where is earned the nickname "Faithful Annie". Popular as a trainer, early in the Second World War the Anson was selected as the standard twin-engined aircrew (pilots, navigators and bomb aimers) trainer for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
The first Ansons (Mark I) were shipped disassembled from England to be reassembled here in Canada, including some Canadian-built parts. After 1940, however, the British were no longer able to supply airframes and engines in the quantity required. To ensure availability production was set up in Canada. During the Second World War, the RCAF used a total of 4,413 Anson's making it the most numerous aircraft type used by the Air Force during the War, of which 1,832 Mk.IIs and 1039 Mk.Vs were built in Canada between 1941 and 1945, by a group of companies under the leadership of Federal Aircraft Ltd, Montreal.