ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16368
Last updated: 23 November 2014
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Type:Bristol Blenheim I
Owner/operator:RAF 60 Sqn.
Registration: L4913
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Siam off (Malaya) -   Malaysia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kuantan
Destination airport:Kuantan
Shot down over the Gulf of Siam, while on raid against Japanese shipping at Kota Bharu. Aircraft was hit by AA fire & crashlanded in sea disintegrating, pilot sole survivor. He clung to tailwheel & was finally rescued after 24 hours by Japanese ship & taken to Tokyo, most likely Ofuna POW Camp. He had the dubious distinction of being the first allied airman captured by Japanese.

Crew:Pilot only survivor, rest unknown.
Pilot:Flt/Lt 40502 William Ellis Bowden RAF PoW.

Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999

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Revision history:

25-Mar-2008 04:02 JINX Added
14-Jun-2008 21:00 JINX Updated
15-Mar-2012 11:33 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
23-Aug-2013 18:11 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
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