Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 17 September 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 28 February 1942
Type:Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
Operating for:Qantas Empire Airways
Leased from:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-AETZ
C/n / msn: S.842
First flight: 1937-08-13 (4 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:7000
Engines: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 400 km S off Cilacap, Java, Indonesia (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Broome Airport, WA (BME/YBRM), Australia
Narrative:
The aircraft, named Circe, was engaged in the evacuation of civilians and military personnel from Tjilatjap (now Cilacap), Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia), to Broome, Australia. It was shot down by a Japanese bomber which was on a maritime patrol from Denpasar, Bali.

Sources:
» G-AETZ. Short S-23C Empire Flying Boat. c/n S.842.


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