Another Valetta wreck has been
found by MHG and Captain Zuraiman from Museum Army Team Group. The aircraft
was crashed when trying to drop some supplies to army camp in a fort near
Gua Musang, Amazingly that the wreckage still untouched even it was crashed
near Orang Asli village. All parts still remains intact after 50 years in
The wreckage were not scattered
and it shows that it was crashed in a very low altitude and must be nose hit
first to the ground. From a sole witness saw the incident told us that the
aircraft was flying low in a valley and suddenly make a barrel roll which it
was crashed and burst in flames.
After a quick indentification in
the wreckage, we found several plates numbers but we cannot find any trace
about her registration number. All external paints were damaged due to heat
from fire that cause from the cargo that caught fire after the crash.
Then we forwarded the matter to
Allan Batty, Tom Brownings and Chris Barber at British High Comm. They give
several reply and answer related to Valetta WV164 which crashed 5 miles from
railway bridge near Bertam. For us, this is not related to this wreckage
since WD164 location was 65km far from this site.
Then when we passed the crashed
map, Tom give me a very fast email. It was Valetta VX525 which matched with
our plot map.
Valetta VX525 was crashed in
November 23, 1956 which 7 on board were killed. It is
reported to have crashed 36 miles east of Ipoh but it much be closer to Gua
Musang town on the side of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range. Valetta VX525 was
came from RAF 48 Squadron.
The aircraft was engaged in an
operational supply drop. On arrival at the drop zone (DZ), the pilot
reported the weather to be too bad for dropping and he then turned and flew
down the valley at a height of 1500 feet beneath broken cloud. The aircraft
then descended and turned, returning up the valley at low height. As it came
abreast of the DZ, the pilot was faced with a solid bank of cloud and so he
attempted to turn through 180 degrees. Unfortunately, towards the end of the
turn, the nose dropped and the aircraft dived into the ground having
stalled. A very common cause by Vickers Valetta.
Those killed were :-
The RAF Valetta
crews were :-
Sergeant K L Benton
( Air Signaller )
Flying Officer J H Witham
( Navigator )
Flying Officer J A N Selth
( Pilot )
Dvrs P Studd,
Dvrs E Roberts
Dvrs FJ Merritt
All of them were
Benton was cremated and his remains returned to the UK. They are in
Bigger Hill Cemetery. FO Witham's remains were also cremated and
scattered in the Memorial Gardens of the City of London. Finally, FO
Selth's remains were again cremated and scattered in the Garden of
Remembrance at Kranji Military Cemetery
Cpl J Wellman, Dvrs P Studd, E
Roberts and FJ Merritt are buried at Cheras Road Christian Cemetery in Kuala
The crashed site was revisited again on August 2009. Some of
the details and story from the villagers who witnessed the
incident were recorded. Several new parts like a prop and some
of her burned cargo with damaged silk parachutes were found
during the excavation. We did not dig more since probably the
crashed site were littered with unexploded ordinances and ammo.
the witness told us that this aircraft was crashed very near to
Fort Hau ( now abandoned ). Soldiers from the fort rushed to the
scene and found out that the aircraft was totally destroyed.
They managed to recovered the dead bodies out from the burned