Valetta WD160 from
RAF 267 Sqn which crashed on
23 February 1954 at Mount Ophir, Johor. Her mission was to carried out voice
hailer above terrorists area to persuaded them to surrendered.
The Valettas, it seemed were
stop-gap aircraft for sky shouting work in the Psychology War against the
CTs (Communist Terrorists) of the Malayan Emergency 1948-1960 period. It
wasn't suited for the job and some 8 Valettas were lost in this role, which
was later taken over by the properly configured DC3 Dakotas.
All crews on board were killed on
impact and the cause of the incident probably from engine
failure or stalling.
Flight Officer Alan Ashton who flew Dakota Voice Hailer ask
permission to Flight Commander Dick Perkins who actually flew
WD160 to swapped his seat and flew WD160 on her fateful day.