Agustinus Adisucipto

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Agustinus Adisutjipto, posthumously promoted as Air vice-marshal (Marsekal Muda Anumerta) [1] was born in Salatiga, Central Java on 3 July 1916 and raised Roman Catholic. He was killed in action in Bantul, Yogyakarta on 29 July 1947. He was an air commodore and an Indonesian national hero.

Adisutjipto was educated at the School of Medicine in GHS (Dutch:Geneeskundige Hogeschool), Batavia and graduated from the Flight School of Luchtvaart Militaire in Kalijati, West Java.

On 15 November 1945, Adisutjipto established the Flight School in Yogyakarta, in the Maguwo Air Field, later renamed Adisucipto Airport, to commemorate his services as a national hero.

During the first of two major Dutch police actions against the Republic of Indonesia, called Operatie Product, Adisujipto and Abdul Rahman Saleh were ordered to fly to India. They successfully breached the air blockade conducted by the Dutch air forces, covering the airspace from Indonesia to India and Pakistan. However, during their journey back from Singapore, while transporting donated medical supplies from the Red Cross of Malaya, their Dakota VT-CLA aircraft was shot down by two Dutch P-40 Kittyhawk[2] aircraft in Dusun Ngoto on 29 July 1947.

He was buried in the Kuncen I and II general cemetery. On 14 July 2000, his remains were re-interred in the Monumen Perjuangan (Monument of Struggle) in Dusun Ngoto, Bantul, Yogyakarta.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Efendi, Yusuf. "Adisutjipto Monument of Struggle (Ngotho Monument)". Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Angkasa Online No 1 Oktober 2006 Tahun XVIIPara Sahabat AURI yang Terlupakan
  3. ^ Koran Kompas Cyber Media, Sabtu 15 Juli 2000, Dipindah, Kerangka Jenazah Adisutjipto dan Abdulrachman Saleh