RAF Dakota KN630 from 52Squadron
based in Changi, Singapore took off on the morning August 25, 1950 to drop
marker flare on a suspected CT clearing east of Gua Musang for a bombing
attack by Lincoln bombers.
En-route she landed at Kota
Bharu airfield where Major Proctor, Mr Rentse, a policeman, a malay civilian
and a native were waiting. Later she flew east of Kg Jenera and drop a
marker flare on a suspected clearing. KN630 make a second pass and believed
having an engine trouble and did not cleared the highest ridge where she hit
the trees and plunged down into a ravine. All crews and passengers
were perished on the impact.
Subsequent SAR only reach the
wreck site after a few days and found out that it is impossible to recovered
the bodies due to jungle terrain and CT activities. They decided to buried
them near the wreckage.
In July, 2008, one of the
brother of Geoffrey contacted Malaysian military officer in London and
opening a chapter of forgotten history back to life. During August and
October 2008, Malaysian Army with Army Museum took several visit to the
wreck site based on the 1950s SAR reports and found the wreck lying near a
On 3rd November 2008, MHG
team with Army Museum together with Royal Malaysian Police set a biggest
recovery operation project so far to visit the wreck site and recovered the
remains. The project was joined also by British Ministry of Defence and
Malaysian Ministry of Defence.
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. 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.
During the recovery, several bone fragments were found and send
for forensic DNA examinations. Some of personal effects also
hope that some of the KN630 relatives could contact us or Army
Museum and hope to speed up the DNA process.
Cpl F Bryant
Dvr P Taylor
Dvr A Wilson
Dvr M Goldsmith
RAF Dakota crews were :-
F/Lt Edward Robert Talbot - Pilot
Sgt Geoffrey Carpenter - Navigator
Sgt Thomas O'Toole DFM - Signaller
Major J H Proctor Loyal Regiment
Mr A Rentse - Civilian Land Development Officer
Muhammad Bin Abdul Jalil - Police Constable
Yaacob - Civilian
Sakai Tribesman Guide
Police Constable Muhammad Bin Abdul Jalil remains was handed over to
his families for proper burial with police honors. His remains was
handed over by Army Museum representative to Police for burial. He
was buried near his hometown at Bukit Treh, Muar on 6th April, 2011.
hope others crew members will handed over to the relatives and get a
proper burial with honors.
After 4 years since the remains were recovered, the crews of Dakota
KN630 were finally laid at Commonwealth Graves at Cheras Cemetery on 15th
March 2012. It took several months for the authority and British Government
to find the relatives of the crews. On 13th March 2012, a handover ceremony
between Malaysian Government and British Representative where remains which
kept safely under Malaysian Army Museum, were officially handed back to the
From the remains, only 3
people were recognized based from the DNA process. They were :-
a. Despatcher- Cpl F Bryant, RASC (T/22230494)
b. Despatcher- Dvr P Taylor, RASC (T/22200652)
c. PC 9364 Mohammed bin Abdul Lalil@Jalil
The other remains fragments were
agreed by the relatives to be buried together in a single grave.
Those present during the
ceremony were Dennis 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 was Yaacob's relatives.
After the ceremony, the families
were invited to the British High Commissionerís residency, where they were
given copies of their loved onesí service records by Royal Air Force
Representative, as well as an Elizabeth Cross medal, which recognises their
loss and sacrifice.