Signal from Rescue Co-ordination Centre Singapore detailing Frank and his pilot's rescue

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Title

Signal from Rescue Co-ordination Centre Singapore detailing Frank and his pilot's rescue

Description

Frank was a navigator flying Javelins from Singapore. On 3 December 1962 he and his pilot ejected from their Javelin. This signal relates the rescue activities taking place while Frank was in the jungle.

Date

1962-12-04

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Spatial Coverage

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Language

Format

Three typewritten pages

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Identifier

MJolliffeFSW197221-170918-060001, MJolliffeFSW197221-170918-060002, MJolliffeFSW197221-170918-060003

Transcription

[underlined] COPY – UNCLASSIFIED [/underlined]

[inserted] [handwritten notes] [/inserted]

P.M 041500Z

FM RCC SINGAPORE

TO HQFEAF

HQ 224 GP

BUTTERWORTH

SELETAR

TENGAH

JOC MIDEF

GHQ FARELF

99 BGDE

17 GHURKA DIV

1/2 GHURKA RIFLES

HQ SINGAPORE BASE DISTRICT

FOCINCFED

INFO MASTER ATTNDANT

BT

UNCLAS SAR712/RCC 4 DEC SAR JAVELIN A/C SITREP TWO PD PARA ONE SHACK ETON PLAYMATE 42 OVERFLEW SEARCH AREA OVERNIGHT DEC 03/04 AND HELD ONE STRONG SARAH SIGNAL THROUGHOUT PERIOD PD SMALL FIRE WAS SEEM 340 WRECKAGE 3 1/2 NM PD DAYLIGHT INVESTIGATION PROVED THIS TO BE OF NATIVE ORIGIN PD A NIGHT TECHNIQUE SARAH SEARCH OF A TWENTY MILE SQUARE CENTERED ON WRECKAGE DATUM PRODUCED NO RESULTS PD ON RELIEVING SHACKLETON 42 SHACKLETON 43 REPORTED TWO DEFINITE SARAH SIGNALS AND GAVE A PROBABILITY AREA OF ONE MILE RADIUS BASED ON DATUM JOHORE GRID REF 920290 PD SHACKLETON 43 WAS DEFINITE THAT THIS DATUM WAS A SECOND SARAH SIGNAL PD PARA TWO BUTTERWORTH WERE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE A SYCAMORE AN WERE UNABLE TO COMPLY BUT SENT A SARAH EQUIPPED VALETTA WHICH ARRIVED AT 1030GH AND SUBSEQUENTLY REPORTED A SARAH SIGNAL IN POSITION 950 301 WHICH WAS APPROXIMATELY CONFIRMED BY SEVERAL SHACKLETON AND VALETTA RUNS FROM DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS PD IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE SURVIVOR IS CONTAINED WITHIN THE AREA 930280 CMM 930310 CMM

/cont'd

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960310 CMM 960280 PD AREA HAS BEEN SEARCHED BY PIONEERS AND HELICOPTERS WHITHOUT [sic] SUCCESS

PARA THREE OS JAMALUANG ASKED TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBILITY OF PUTTING PARTY ON PASIR MARAU BESAR BEACH BY HELICOPTER TO SWEEP WEST THROUGH AREA PD LIFT STARTED 1600GH FD

PARA FOUR A VOICE PIONEER COVERED THE SEARCH AREA INSTRUCTING THE SURVIVOR TO SWITCH OFF HIS SARAH FOR 10 SECONDS WHEN SHACKLETON PASSED OVERHEAD PD IT WAS HOPED THEREBY TO OBTAIN POSITIVE COLLAPSE AT THE SARAH SIGNAL GIVING A FIRM POSITION WHICH THE SHACKLETON COULD MARK WITH MARINE MARKERS PD NO COLLAPSE OF SIGNALS WAS HOWEVER OBTAINED PD BEFORE LEAVING THE AREA THE SHACKLETON WAS REQUESTED TO PLACE MARKERS MARINE IN POSITION JOHORE GRID 946300 BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS PD VALETA PLAYMATE 75 AND SHACKLETON 43 EVENTUALLY AGREED POSITION WITHIN 200 YARDS AS 948295 WHICH WAS CONFIRMED BY SHACKLETON PLAYMATE 44 ON TAKEOVER AT DUSK PD 44 REPORTED SINALS [sic] CEASED AT 2005 BUT WERE FAIRLY STRONG BEFORE THEN WITH RANGES UP TO 5 NMS PD ALL INFOR PASSED TO SUBCONTROL AT JEMULUANG PD

PARA FIVE CONFIRMATION OF AIR REQUIREMENT ALREADY PASSED BY PHONE AS FOLLOWS PD DEC 05 LINK CANBERRA PLAYMATE 67 ON TASK 0615 PD SHACK PLAYMATE 45 ON TASK 0630 PD BELVEDERS PEDRO JULIET KILO AND LIMA SOONEST AFTER FIRST LIGHT TO JAMALUANG PD WESSEX

PEDRO 70 ETA JEMULUANG 0900 PD TWO SIGNAL PIONEERS PLAYMATES 55 AND 56 ETA MERSING 0645/0715 PD VALETTA PLAYMATE 76 ETA DATUM 0630 FOR SARAH RELOCATION AND MARKING WITH PARACHUTES PD ONE VOICE TWIN POINEER [sic] PLATMATE 59 AND ONE ADDITIONAL TWIN PIONEER TO STANDBY AT SELETAR PD PR CANBERRA REQUIRED ON STANDBY AT TENGAH PD

PARA SIX GROUND SEARCH OF AREA CENTRED ON DATUM 948295 TO BE DIRECTED BY JAMALUANG SUB CONTROL PD IN ADDITION TO TROOPS NOW IN AREA BALACE OF 1ST/2ND GHURKAS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT JEMALUANG FOR SEARCH AT FIRST LIGHT PD TOTAL TROOPS INVOLVED APPROXIMATELY 600 PD

PARA SEVEN MARINE CRAFT C/S SAPHHIRE [sic] 55 ETD SELETAR 0200 ETA MERSING 0600 CARRYING ONE GEMINI LANDING CRAFT PD SAPPHIRE [sic] 55 CAN

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CARRY 50 TROOPS WITH 40 LB PACKS PD 55 TO FERRY 1000 TROOPS TO GRID 983295 AND OFFLOAD IN GEMINI PD

PARA EIGHT REPORT AT 2110 FROM SHACK

PLAYMATE 44 STATES FIRES OF SEARCH PARTY VISIBLE 2500 YARDS WEST OF DATUM PD NOTHING VISIBLE TO EAST OF DATUM PO AREA WEATHER GOOD PD IS OF OPINION THAT SARAH WAS SWITCHED OFF AT 2005 AND THAT SURVIVOR IS CONSERVING BATTERY

BT

04/1515Z

Citation

“Signal from Rescue Co-ordination Centre Singapore detailing Frank and his pilot's rescue,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 29, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/38338.

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