Date & Time: Feb 19, 1942
Operator:
Registration:
2306
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
68
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While performing a flight between Indonesia and Australia, the aircraft was attacked by the pilot of a Japanese fighter. Bullets impacts were noted on the fuselage, fuel tanks and the right wing that caught fire. The captain reduced his altitude in an attempt to ditch the aircraft off Bathurst Island. On touch down, the seaplane overturned and sunk quickly but all 18 occupants were able to leave the cabin, rescued by the crew of the Philippines ship christened 'Don Isidro' and later disembarked on Bathurst Island.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a Japanese fighter.