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|Qantas Empire Airways
|Captain F/L William Bloxam Purton, RAAF 296 20 Squadron (MIA / KIA) Hobart, TAS
1st Officer F/O Mervyn William Bateman, RAAF 267574 11 Squadron (MIA / KIA) Vaucluse, NSW
Radio Herbert G. Oates (MIA / KIA)
Crew James L. Hogan (MIA / KIA)
Passengers Plus nine other crew and sixteen passengers
MIA February 28, 1942
Built by Short in Rochester, Kent United Kingdom. Purchased by Imperial Airways London (IAL) and registered in the United Kingdom as G-AETZ. Nicknamed "Circe". Next, served with BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation). Afterwards, operated by Qantas Empire Airways (QEA).
Postwar, no trace was ever found of the aircraft or an examination of Japanese records. In a long-running dispute over the insurance for the aircraft and her crew, the Australian and U. S. government steadfastly maintained that there was no evidence that "Circe" was lost due to enemy action.
In fact, through recent research in Australian by Phil Vabre and Japanese archives by Osamu Tagaya has confirmed that "Circe" was shot down by a G4M1 Betty bomber piloted by Flight Petty Officer Yamamoto and Ashizawa that took off from Denpasar Airfield on Bali on a maritime patrol. This bomber spotted and engaged "Circe" roughly 200 miles south of Java and shot the flying boat down with gunfire.
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