Date & Time: Jan 30, 1942 at 0800 LT
Operator:
Registration:
G-AEUH
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Surabaya – Kupang – Darwin
MSN:
S.850
YOM:
1938
Flight number:
XWS160
Country:
Indonesia
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
11
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
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.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a Japanese fighter.