Accident Martin 166 WH-3 M-547, Saturday 10 January 1942
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Date:Saturday 10 January 1942
Type:Martin 166 WH-3
Owner/operator:KNIL -ML
Registration: M-547
MSN: 782
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tarakan Airfield, North Borneo -   Indonesia
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Samarinda
Destination airport:
From 7 to 14 January 1942 the Japanese seaplane tenders Sanyo Maru and Sanuki Maru of 21st Air Flotilla were covering Rear Admiral Hirose Sueto’s Tarakan Occupation Force who left Davao on the 7th with 14 transports and at least 26 warships and landed Maj Gen Sakaguchi Shizuo’s 56th Mixed Infantry Group (Sakaguchi Brigade) and the Kure No. 2 SNLF in the Tarakan area on the north-east part of Borneo on the 11th.

On 10 January 1942 two Mitsubishi F1M2 ‘Pete’ biplane scouts of Sanyo Maru, flown by Warrant Officer Masamitsu Ezoe and NA1/C Naoji Hayashi, strafed a surfaced submarine and then attacked an aircraft identified as a Blenheim, one of three aircraft which they had seen taking off from Samarinda. In fact these aircraft were Glenn Martins of 1-VIG-I. After engaging one bomber for ten minutes, it began trailing white smoke and disappeared south-westwards. This aircraft was claimed as a probably destroyed.

In fact M-547, flown by Ensign H. G. Bouwens, crash-landed on Tarakan airfield. The crew survived and managed to find a native boat, in which they sailed across to the mainland but were eventually captured after wandering through the jungle for several weeks. Cpt G F Stephan, commanding officer of Vl.G-IV, a fighter unit, escaped with them from Tarakan but was murdered by Dayak headhunters during the trip.

"Moord en brand: Oost-Borneo 1942", by C. van Heekeren, 1969. No ISBN known

Revision history:

10-Jan-2017 09:45 Laurent Rizzotti Added
22-Jan-2019 17:52 Cobar Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Source]
17-Apr-2019 18:27 Cobar Updated [Departure airport, Damage]
10-Jun-2022 23:37 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
10-Jun-2022 23:38 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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