KH326/X from 357 Squadron flew on a routine flight on Supplies Drop mission
to Malaya. Their cargo were weapons, ammunitions, medicals and personal
supplies stacked together in a container which loaded into the bomb bay
section to be dropped behind enemy lines to Force 136 Guerillas operated in
KH325 crews were
Flt/Lt Arie Frank TIMMERMANS: Captain of the aircraft Age 28,
R/217478 Flight Sergeant Donald Livingstone DELLIS: Second Pilot Age
J/47344 Flying Officer Joseph Jean Paul PERRON: Navigator Age 21
J/47321 Flying Officer William Walker REEVE: Air Bomber Age 29
J/47871 Flying Officer William Peter MCLEOD: Wireless Op/Air Gunner
J/47869 Flying Officer George FAULKNER: Wireless Op/Air Gunner Age 22
R/279733 Flight Sergeant Harry Henry ANDREWS: Air Gunner Age 20,
R/278843 Flight Sergeant Reinhold GIESBRECHT: Air Gunner Age 24
All crews were
flying on 6th June 1945 together with another Liberator and was breaking
away from the formation to the destined drop zone above Bunting Island near
Yan, Kedah. It never reached the drop zone and never returned to the
base in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The crews were declared missing and no one were
ever heard of them or the plane. They were perished in the jungle. Their
names were recorded in Air Forces Memorial in Singapore.
By the help of
Joe Plant and Matt Poole and Robert Quirk together with the assistance from
F/O William Mcleod nephew named Gerald Howse, we managed to lay down the
information related to KH326.
Operation Unity to flushed out Communist activities in Malaysia/Thai border,
a Royal Scout Fusiliers platoon under Lt Staheli discovered a wreckage on
16th June 1955 deep in a jungle which located near to Communist base camp. A
search team from RAF Changi were sent to investigate the wreckage. The plane
were broke into 3 sections and most of her valuable cargos still scattered
around the wreckage. A serial number found in navigator section revealed it
was KH326 thus enabling them to gave news that KH326 was no longer missing.
Most of the
cargo were salvaged and Lt Blair Agnew who responsible for the recoveries
feel that human remains still inside the wreckage. He believed that the
crews might survived from the crashed. Until then, nothing was heard about
KH326, her crews and their fates.
receiving an email from Gerald Howse, we are trying to get some information
about the wreckage. With the help from Robert Quirk, Joe Plant and Matt
Poole, a report from RSF was obtained and it show the wreckage location
precisely together with a map showing were the wreckage was and the LZs to
bring out the cargoes.
with the help from Army Museum in Port Dickson, we managed to get an
expedition to search for the plane in September 2007. Due to terrain and
time limited, we did not reach the site and had to turned back. Another
expedition under Time Line Expedition was held in July 2008 and we took 10
days searching for the wreckage which failed to do so.
platoon from Royal Rangers Regiment found the wreckage on their patrolling
path. A report was sent and we scramble back to the site in July 2010. A new
routes were used which speed up the trekking time and we managed to reach
the site on 3rd day of the trekking.
We found out
that locals from Thailand were visiting this wreckage frequently and removed
the parts for scrap. Some of the wreckage still in site including front
section, tail section, tail turrets and 4 engines. Due to 3 hours time
constrained at the site, we managed to take photos, recorded some data. The
plane was flying straight at that time and we agreed with RAF report that
KH326 was flew on auto pilot. The plane hit the highest terrain, flipped on
her belly, spin out of control and crashed on her back. That is why the
front section was intact. The terrain now were full of bamboos and a true
manpower effort could cleared the site and from there on, a full excavation
could be carried out to determine if human remains still on site.
We hope that we
could revisited the site back for further excavation process and hope that
authority from Canadian Government could give their commitment to visit the