25 Sep 1946, Hidden History-Kowloon Tong Air Crash-1946
AIR DISASTER, 19 KILLED IN DAKOTA CRASH AT KOWLOON, WORST PLANE TRAGEDY IN COLONY’S HISTORY, INQUIRY TO BE HELD
These were the headlines in the South China Morning Post on 26 September 1946. An RAF Dakota had crashed into the hillside above Kowloon Tong immediately after taking-off from Kai Tak airport. The passengers were a mixture of military personnel and Chinese passengers including a family. The most prominent passenger was Colonel Cyril Wild, the chief British War Crimes investigator, whose work had uncovered the closeness of the Japanese Emperor to groups involved with conducting banned gas experiments on human beings. Wild was allegedly on the point of having the Emperor arrested for war crimes. He had spent his last evening in Hong Kong before the flight to Singapore with the redoubtable Jack Edwards. In more recent times he was the well-known Hong Kong resident who was an untiring champion of Far East POWs and their widow’s on compensation and passport issues.
This website alleges the flight was sabotaged at the instigation of those in post-war power in Japan (ie 5 Star General Macarthur and his cohorts) to ensure Wild could not take his investigations further and that his incriminating research materials ‘disappeared.’ Googling Colonel Wild’s name also brings up many stories related to this crash on other websites.
The main crash story has been written by someone who knew Wild, and although it could be regarded as the stuff of conspiracy theories, when read in conjunction with books such as Sterling & Peggy Seagreave’s, ‘The Yamoto Dynasty -- The Secret History of Japan’s Imperial Family’ it doesn’t seem so unbelievable.