25th August 1950

Information supplied by John Williams

Dakota KN630 of 52 Squadron RAF was engaged on target marking and supply dropping when it crashed in thick jungle 1.6 km (1 mile) WNW of Kampong Jenera, Kelantan, Malaya. Although the cause of the loss was not positively determined, it may have been loss of control at low speed, engine failure or stall in turbulent conditions close to the ground.

The aircraft wreckage was located in very difficult terrain and it took several days for a recovery party to reach the site. It was judged impractical to recover the bodies of the victims and a decision was made to bury them at the scene. Prayer books and wreaths from the High Commissioner and the Sultan of Kelantan were dropped to the recovery party and a communal grave prepared. An RAF aircraft then flew over the site and two chaplains conducted a burial service whilst orbiting the site. This was relayed to those on the ground.

This was the last major accident sustained by 52 Squadron involving the Dakota. Deliveries of the new Valettas to the Squadron commenced in May 1951, with a full compliment of 8 aircraft being reached by late September that year.

There were no survivors from the crash. The men who lost their lives were:-

The men who died in the crash were commemorated on the Terendak Military Cemetery Malacca Memorial Wall to those who have no known grave.

Kampong Jenera on Google Earth.

In 2008, following a search for the crash site, the remains of those who died were recovered and appropriately reburied.

The Malayan Historical Group’s (MHG) search for the aircraft.

My thanks to Shaharom Ahmad of MHG for permission to use the following photos and information.

The wreck was rediscovered in October 2008 after a long search, following the work of Sgt Geoffrey Carpenter’s brother. The MHG, with the Malaysian Army Museum and the Royal Malaysian Police then mounted an expedition to the crash site.

The wrecked fuselageThe Tailplane

ABOVE LEFT: The upturned rear of the fuselage of KN630.
ABOVE RIGHT: The tail assembly.

A wing of the DakotaLEFT: A faded Roundel on one of the wings.

“It took us several days to reach the wreck site by car and foot. On our investigation, we assumed that the plane was crashed on a vertical dive and the front section was smashed into a stream. After 58 years of monsoon climate and weather, the front section was washed away leaving the rear fuselage and starboard wing and 2 engine with her propellers intact.”

In November 2008, the remains of the victims of the crash were exhumed and taken to Kota Baru, and then on to Port Dickson. DNA samples were taken in order to identify the remains, and a search for relatives was begun. Relatives of all but one men on the aircraft were traced. However, only three men were able to be identified from DNA; Cpl Bryant, Dvr Taylor and PC Muhammad Bin Abdul Jalil.

The remains of Police Constable Muhammad Bin Abdul Jalil were the first to be identified and his remains were reburied with Police Honours near his hometown at Bukit Treh, Muar on 6th April, 2011.

The relatives of the other men agreed to have them buried in a collective grave.

On the 15th March 2012, the remaining men from the crash were re-interred at Cheras Road Christian Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur. Those present during the ceremony were Dennis Carpenter and his daughter Christine Considine, Glenwyn Davies, daughter of Thomas O’Toole; Vickie Betsworth and Sheila Tebbett, sisters of Philip Bryant; Paul Taylor, the half-brother of Peter Taylor; Barry Wilson, the brother of Roy Wilson; Margaret Wanstall and Frank Goldsmith, half sister and half brother of Oliver Goldsmith; and Linda Bahnan, daughter of Edward Robert Talbot. Also present were Yaacob’s relatives.

After the ceremony, the families were invited to the British High Commissioner’s residence, where they were given copies of their loved ones’ service records by Royal Air Force Representative, as well as an Elizabeth Cross Medal, which recognises their loss and sacrifice.

The re interment at Cheras Road

The Memorial for Cpl P. Bryant at Lee-on-Solent.