ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138822
Last updated: 4 December 2013
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Narrative:Written off 4/5/1963: Crashed in the Trusan River Valley, near Long Merarap, Sarawak, Borneo, after cable failure and subsequent loss of yaw control. All nine persons on board were killed (no survivors):
|Type:||Bristol Belvedere HC1|
|Owner/operator:||66 Sqn, Royal Air Force (RAF)|
|C/n / msn:|| 13364|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Trusan River Valley, near Long Merarap, Sarawak, Borneo -
|Phase:|| En route|
607191 Flt Lt APJ Dobson Royal Air Force.
166081 Flt Lt DRE Viner Royal Air Force.
3524433 Cpl JL Williams Royal Air Force.
22537392 Cpl P Murphy 22 SAS.
Major RHD Norman MC MBE 22 SAS.
Major HAI Thompson MC 22 SAS.
Capt JP Connington. 22 SAS.
Mr MH Day Foreign Office.
D Reddish The Borneo Company.
A patrol from 22 SAS were inserted into the area to look for survivors.The Patrol consisted of WO2 Frank Williams (Comd), Chopper Essex (Lead Scout), Ricky Coomber (Medic) and Steve Callan (Signaller). On or about 6 May 1963, a burial party was lowered by helicopter onto the crash site and the remains of the nine persosn on board were buried in a hastily dug hole at the site. There the bodies remained until 1996.
In September 1963, the British Army sent Hugh Cave RE from Brunei to build a memorial to the dead at the nearest prominent point, high ground above the junction of the Merarap and Trusan rivers. This is some 4 km (as the crow flies) from the crash site. At about the same time the local Muruts/Lun Bawang tribesmen built a wooden cross at the memorial site.
During the 70s/80s Mr John Day, the son of MH Day (one of these killed) visited the sites accompanied by Baru Bengiran the head of the Lun Bawang tribe and his son Tanil Baru (now the headmaster at Long Sukang). John Day wrote to the MOD, and finally in 1996, the remains were exhumed by the 23 Pioneer and moved to the memorial site and the land was leased to the MOD in perpetuity.
In May 1996 a memorial service was held for a large number of relatives (about 50) and each year the families return to visit and hold a service of remembrance.
The site is included in the Non War Graves maintenance contract, which is supervised by the Defence Section at the British High Commission
This accident was a catalyst for a temporary grounding of the Belvedere fleet for 2 months while investigations were carried out.
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