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Shepherd, Peter J.

On Thursday, 4 December 1941 (Wednesday in Hawaii) an 18-year-old fitter in the Royal Air Force, Peter Shepherd, found himself in Kampot, Cambodia. He had been "lent" to a clandestine flight being made by a Hudson, an aircraft of which he had some experience, in case mechanical problems arose. While there he met a drunken Japanese engineer who told him about his experiences modifying torpedoes and fitting bomb racks on an aircraft carrier bound for Hitokappu Bay, the muster location for the First Air Fleet. On his return to Malaya he reported all this at a meeting with British intelligence operatives in Kuala Lumpur the next day. On the morning of Monday 8 December, 7 December in Hawaii, Shepherd was severely wounded in a Japanese air raid.

See also: First Air Fleet; torpedo