|Pilot 2nd Lt
Pilot Observer Postma, Dutch (MIA)
Crew Pvt Soedasono, Indonesian (MIA)
Mechanic Sgt A. Kaparang (MIA)
Crew Cpl R. E. R.
Crashed February 16,
Built by Martin. Delivered to the Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL) as B-10 serial number M-531. This bomber was assigned to the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) to the 3rd Bomb Group, 3rd Squadron (3 VLG III). Tail code WH-2.
On February 16,
1942 took off on a mission to bomb a Japanese convoy near Muntok (Mentok) on Bangka Island near South Sumatra Province. After being hit by anti-aircraft fire or gunfire from an escorting F1M2 Pete, this bomber was seen descending towards Sumatra.
Fates of the Crew
Although the crew should have survived the crash, they were never heard from again. All four were officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
During 1985, the wreckage was discovered in a mangrove swamp
by the Indonesian Air Force - Akngkatan Udara Republik Indonesia (AURI).
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February 14, 2020