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    Default Flt Lt Canham and SAC Galbraith.

    I am hoping someone can come up with details of the crew of Wessex Whirlwind Mk10 that to my understanding was shot down by Indonesian ground forces in Borneo 25/9/65.

    I have some information about Canham and would like to learn more about Galbraith, the other members of the crew and the circumstances of the loss of the aircraft.

    Regards. David.

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    From Forces Memorial:
    Surname GALBRAITH
    Forenames/Initials Richard Moore
    Rank SAC Service Royal Air Force
    Service Number U1946707
    Station RAF Kuching
    Place of Birth/Home Town Belmont, Belfast, Antrim
    Date of Birth 30 April 1946
    Age 19
    Date of Death 25 September 1965
    Cemetery Name Kranji Military Cemetery
    Cemetery Address Singapore
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour Yes

    Surname CANHAM
    Forenames/Initials John Lorimer Neville
    Rank Flt Lt
    Service Royal Air Force
    Service Number 50577
    Station RAF Odiham
    Decorations DFC
    Place of Birth/Home Town Blackpool, Lancashire
    Date of Birth 24 April 1921
    Age 44
    Date of Death 25 September 1965
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour Yes

    www.forcesmemorial.org.uk

    I can get this much of this news article:
    5 die in copter crash in Sarawak GEOFFREY GELDARD R.A.F. RESCUE DISASTER: BODIES FOUND From KUCHINQ. Sun. X RAF helicopter crashed in the jungle 45 miles southeast of Kuching yesterday afternoon, killing all five RAF men on hoard. The dead are two helicopter otticer pilots and three airmen

    http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/TOC.aspx?issueid=straitstimes19650927

    Crashed copter 'shot down' JAKARTA. Mon.? The Indonesian Air Force today claimed that the British helicopter which crashed in Malaysian Borneo last Thursday had really been shot down by Indonesian "volunteers" in Sarawak. The official news agency Antara published the claim today saying that the pilot and passengers were killed....

    http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/TOC.aspx?issueid=straitstimes19650928

    And infuriatlying little of this report:
    The 5 who died... I ONDON. Mon. The five-man crew of an RAF. helicopter killed when their machine crashed at Kuchjng. Sara wak. on Saturday while searching for a missing Army helicopter were named today. They were the pilot. Flying Officer S.P. Smith; navigator, Fllght-Ueut. J.L. Canham; SAC R.M. Galbralth....

    http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/TOC.aspx?issueid=straitstimes19650928

    Surname SMITH
    Forenames/Initials Samuel Philip
    Rank Fg Off
    Service Royal Air Force
    Service Number 4230972
    Station RAF Odiham
    Place of Birth/Home Town Lambeth, London
    Date of Birth 11 August 1942
    Age 23
    Date of Death 25 September 1965
    Cemetery Name Kranji Military Cemetery
    Cemetery Address Singapore
    Grave Section 12
    Grave Row A
    Grave Number 13
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour Yes

    there is a relative looking for information about Galbraith on this veterans site also.
    http://www.nmbva.co.uk/can_you_help.htm
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 18th June 2009 at 15:57.
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    http://www.britains-smallwars.com/Borneo/ROH.html

    I would suggest the other two were:

    Surname EVANS
    Forenames/Initials Paul
    Rank SAC
    Service Royal Air Force
    Service Number T4273719
    Station RAF Kuching
    Place of Birth/Home Town Llandudno, Caernarvonshire
    Date of Birth 16 December 1944
    Age 20
    Date of Death 25 September 1965
    Cemetery Name Kranji Military Cemetery
    Cemetery Address Singapore
    Grave Section 12
    Grave Row A
    Grave Number 12
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour Yes

    and perhaps died of wounds
    Surname SOUTTAR
    Forenames/Initials John Clifton
    Rank Sgt
    Service Royal Air Force
    Service Number Q4196328
    Station RAF Seletar
    Place of Birth/Home Town Kings Lynn, Norfolk
    Date of Birth 11 May 1939
    Age 26
    Date of Death 27 September 1965
    Cemetery Name Kranji Miltary Cemetery
    Cemetery Address Singapore
    Grave Section 12
    Grave Row A
    Grave Number 13
    Included on Armed Forces Memorial Yes
    Included on Roll of Honour Yes
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    Thanks for the information so far Dennis, I have found out the crew were as follows:-

    Name Intials Rank Service No Died

    Evans P. SAC. T4273719 25.9.65

    Smith S.P. Fg. Off. 4230972 25.9.65

    Canham J.L.N Flt.Lt. 50577 25.9.65

    Langley B.J SAC. C1944048 25.9.65

    Galbraith R.M SAC. C1946707 25.9.65


    I would be interested to know more about Canham's post war service. I know he was shot down in August of 1943 and became a P.O.W. I know nothing of him since then.

    Regards. David.

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    David,

    I think you intended to say Westland (not Wessex) Whirlwind.

    Colin Coummings records this loss in his 'Lost to Service' volume of post-war RAF aircraft losses as follows:

    25 Sep 65, XP327 Whirlwind 10, 225 Sqn, 45 m E Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, 5 killed
    Following the disappearance of an Army Scout helicopter, the Whirlwind was despatched to search for it. It carried the three airmen as lookouts. The main rotor blades became disconnected due to maintaince error and the aircraft crashed with the loss of all on board. A subsequent court martial acquitted the maintenance technician. Jack Canham had been one of the crew of a Whirlwind SAR helicopter who rescued fishermen from a French trawler off Lands End in 1962 for which the pilot, Flight Lieutenant Trevor Eggington, received the AFC and the winchman Sergeant Eric Smith the George Medal.

    Flying Officer Samuel Philip SMITH, 23, pilot
    Squadron Leader John Lorimer Neville (Jack) CANHAM, DFC, 43, nav
    Senior Aircraftman Brian John LANGLEY, 19
    Senior Aircraftman Richard Moore GALBRAITH, 19
    Senior Aircraftman Paul EVANS, 20

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    Errol wrote, "I think you intended to say Westland (not Wessex) Whirlwind."


    Thanks Errol, I knew that didn't sound right when I typed it.

    Thanks for the additional information.

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    I have just come across this thread, in researching for my own Bio. As a very late anecdote to this thread, I served with Ricky Galbraith (Richard) at Kuching, we were both serving as Wireless Mechanics at the airfield. That fateful day remains in my memory, and has come up once more, as type my memoirs. Ricky and I were in the ground wireless servicing bay (just the two of us) near the runway when a chap dashed in asking for a volunteer to act as a lookout, on a search and rescue mission over the jungle. Our Flt Sgt came out of his office and told Ricky that he could go, I was naturally disappointed. When the news of his death came in later that day, I was devastated at his loss and at my survival. It was one of those life moments that stay with you forever.

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    I came across this feed when searching for information on Richard Galbraith. I am doing some ancestry research for my husbands family. Ricky Galbraith was his uncle. I found this very interesting and sad. I would also be interested if anyone knows about Ricky's father Alexander Gibb Galbraith know as Gibb who was a prisoner of war in 1943, I think.
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    jgal6329,
    7012422 L/Cpl A G Galbraith, Royal Ulster Rifles.
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    Default Re: Flt Lt Canham and SAC Galbraith.

    Thank you. Do you know how I can find out anymore details on him?

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