The Avro Anson began as a British-made two-engine reconnaissance plane with minimal defensive armament and bomb-carrying capability. Chosen as the advanced trainer for the Commonwealth Air Training Plan it was built primarily in Canada when demand outstripped the ability of British factories, under the Blitz, to produce (and deliver by ship.) Anson I and II were of conventional tube-frame construction; the Anson V had a fuselage of molded plywood construction.
Some 50 Anson II were purchased by USAAC as AT-20.
- "Canada's Aircraft Industry" [ HTML ] discusses the Anson as an example of the development of the Canadian aircraft industry.
- Flying magazine's "Canada's Warplane Industry" [ HTML ] describes Canadian production of the Anson, with a description of an experimental all-wood version and a photo of an Anson on the ground, seen from 10 o'clock.
- "Canada Gains Vital New Production Role" [ HTML ] mentions the Anson in the context of changes in Canada's aircraft industry.
- "Conservation in Canada's Aircraft Industry" [ HTML ] goes into some detail of the design and process changes involved in bringing up the Anson V all-plywood trainer.
- "Old Lady In a New Dress" [ HTML ] is an introductory article with a performance table comparing Anson II and Anson V.
- The front cover of Flying and Popular Aviation for August, 1941, shows an Anson in camouflage paint, seen from the cabin of another Anson flying in formation. View is from 2 o'clock.