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  Bristol Brigand Serial Number RH 755  
84 Squadron

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A. Shaharom 2000
Pilot  Flying Officer Basil Cochrane (KIA)
Sgt J.B. Armstrong (KIA)
AC1 D. Kay (KIA)

Crashed  May 3, 1952

Mission History
One of several 84 Squadron Brigands that took off from Tengah Airfield on Singapore to attack Communist insurgents near Chenderoh Lake near Perak. Aboard was Squadron Armourer AC1 D. Kay went on the flight for the experience of taking part on a combat mission. When firing a a salvo of rockets, a flash was seen an part of the right wing broke off. The aircraft rolled over and dived into ground. All three crew killed and the aircraft crashed 40 miles southeast of Butterworth Airfield.

The wreckage, buried amid thick foliage atop Bukit Bintang Hijau, was a well-guarded secret among the village folk and this was the first time that the discovery was made known to the public.

A team including Museum of National History's Encik Rizal and Ahmad Shaharom and others visited the crash site during 2000 and was able to locate various pieces of wreckage, finding serial number "RH 755".

Initially, the wreck was thought to be a Bristol Blenheim, shot down by the Japanese during World War II. Other possible guesses were a Lockheed Hudson, B-25 or B-24; some thought it could also have been a Japanese bomber. However, the propeller appeared to have 4 blades, which very few RAF a/c had during WWII The dual strut arrangement of the undercarriage also eliminated American built aircraft which mostly had single strut assemblies.

Thanks to Ahmad Shaharom and Goh K Loon for additional information.
Wreckage Brings Back War Memories (Page 1)
Bomber Wreckage in Malaysian Jungle (Page 2)
Brigand Wreck in Jungle (Page 3)

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February 14, 2020


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