Incident Bristol Blenheim Mk I L1530,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 14882
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Date:Monday 5 January 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic BLEN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Owner/operator:Y Sqn RAF
Registration: L1530
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Kluang, Johore -   Malaysia
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
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.


"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

Revision history:

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]
09-Jul-2022 00:25 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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