The Anson was used by Australia, Britain, Canada, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Netherlands, Turkey, and the United States.
First entered service in (March 1936) 1936 with the No. 48 Squadron. It saw it's first combat on September 5, 1939 by attacking a U-Boat. Eventually a total of 8,138 were delivered to the Royal Air Force.
It could turn inside a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and was credited with shooting down 6. Two of these were shot down by the No. 500 Squadron during the evacuation of Dunkirk.
From 1941 several air-sea rescue squadrons were outfitted with the Anson.
Canada selected the Anson in 1940 to be it's primary trainer. These were mostly Anson Mk IIIs and Mk IVs.
Finland received three in 1938.