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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14882
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Date:05-JAN-1942
Time:
Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:Y Sqn Royal Air Force (Y Sqn RAF)
Registration: L1530
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kluang -   Malaysia
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 5 January 1942 Ki 48s of 75 and 90 Sentai, escorted by Ki-43s of 59 Sentai, launched a surprise attack on Kluang airfield, in southern Malaya. They came in quite low from the east and took the British by surprise. Japanese airmen claimed to have left six aircraft in flames, with four more destroyed or damaged. Real losses on the ground were only one aircraft destroyed, the Blenheim I L1530 of Y Squadron (the advanced Flying Training Unit based on this airfield before the war, that had been converted on 15 December 1941 into an army co-operation flight operating with Wirraways and Blenheims), and four more (three Wirraways of W Flight and another Blenheim) slightly damaged. According to one witness, the Japanese bombs were rather small and not well directed, hence the small damage.

Sources:

"Bloody Shambles, volume one: the drift to war to the fall of Singapore", by Christopher Shores, Brian Cull & Yasuho Izawa. ISBN 0-948817-50-X
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kluang
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kluang_Airport
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=2.043889&lon=103.307500&z=14


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Feb-2008 11:04 JINX Added
19-Jan-2012 14:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
20-Jun-2013 09:07 Nepa Updated [Source]
15-Aug-2013 05:43 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
15-Dec-2014 18:52 Komes123 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
05-Jan-2016 13:18 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 19:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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