Date & Time: Jan 30, 1942 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Surabaya – Kupang – Darwin
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The aircraft and its crew were performing an special flight from Surabaya to Darwin on behalf of Qantas Airways. While approaching Kupang Airport, the seaplane christened 'Corio' was shot down by the pilot of a Japanese fighter. Out of control, it crashed into the sea few hundred yards off shore. The captain, the copilot and three passengers were able to swim to shore and were later rescued while all 13 other occupants were killed.
Shot down by a Japanese fighter.