Lat 6° 7' 60N Long 102° 15' 0E Kota Bharu is located on the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula in Kelantan State in Malaysia. Wartime spelling Kotabharu.
On December 7, 1941 Operation "E" the Japanese invasion of Malaya began with a convoy including transports Sakura Maru, Awajisan Maru and Ayatosan Maru transporting the Japanese Army 5th Division, escorted by Sendai, Ayanami, Isonami, Shikinami, Uranami with minesweepers W-2 and W-3 plus subchaser CH-9 arrived off Kota Bharu.
On December 8, 1941 just after 12:25am (local time)
Japanese warships and transports anchored one and half miles from Kuala
Pak Amat and Sabak beach near Kota Bharu. The Japanese warships began shelling Kota Bharu. These hostilities preceeded the attack on Pearl Harbor by one hour and 25 minutes. Following the bombardment, Japanese troops began to land an estimated
5,300 men of the Japanese Army 25th Army commanded by General Yamashita. Defending, the 8th Indian Brigade defended against the Japanese Army bravely. The same day, the Japanese occupied Pengkalan Chepa Airport.
By December 9, with additional
reinforcements, the Japanese occupied Kota Bharu town.
American missions against Kota Baru
May 4 - June 11, 1945
Kota Bharu Airfield (Pengkalan Chepa, Sultan Ismail Petra)
Built prior to the war, occupied by the Japanese on December 8, 1941. Still in use today
A-29 Hudson Serial
Pilot Ramshaw crashed
December 8, 1941, engine recovered 1976
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February 18, 2018