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  B-10 Martin Serial Number M-531 Tail WH-2
ML-KNIL
3 VLG III

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1985 via Bas Kreguer

Pilot  2nd Lt Pilot Observer Postma, Dutch (MIA)
Crew  Pvt Soedasono, Indonesian (MIA)
Mechanic  Sgt A. Kaparang (MIA)
Crew  Cpl R. E. R. Hetharia (MIA)

Crashed  February 16, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Martin. Delivered to the Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL) (ML-KNIL) as B-10 serial number M-531. This bomber was assigned to the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) to 3 VLG III (3rd Squadron of the 3rd Bomb Group). Tail code WH-2.

Mission History
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).

Wreckage
During 1985, the wreckage was discovered in a mangrove swamp by the Indonesian Air Force - Akngkatan Udara Republik Indonesia (AURI).

References
Thanks to Bas Kreguer for additional information.

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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