London to Christchurch 1953 Air Race - Ditching of Mosquito VH-KLG
In 1953 a De Havilland Mosquito (Australian registered VH-KLG) ran out of fuel and was forced to ditch adjacent to a island in the Bay of Bengal. The crew were flying from Australia to England to take part in the London to Christchurch Air Race. The pilot was Aubrey "Titus" Oates DFC and his navigator - also a pilot - was Douglas Swain DFC. Both survived the ditching unhurt and were rescued.
I would be most grateful for the full story of why the Mosquito became lost - although I remember hearing about monsoonal weather at the time.
I knew Doug Swain very well. His son Richard Swain, a small boy at the time, is also very keen to find out more of this particular adventure.
Tragically, Doug Swain lost his life several months later, when the Lockheed Hudson he was flying crashed near Dungog, New South Wales in Australia. Aubrey Oates passed away a few years ago.
Any information on the circumstances of the Bay of Bengal ditching, would be appreciated.