On 08 December 2008 early in the morning at Royal Thai Air Force Wing 5 Prachaupkhirikhan Province Air Chief Marshal Ithiporn Suppawong representing Air Force has laid down a wreath at the Statue of Heroes to commemorate successful defense of Japanese troops landing in Prachaupkhirikhan Province on 08 December 1941. Air Chief Marshal was welcomed by Senior Group Captain, Chief Commander of Wing 5 Arjnarong Tonsuwanarat and leaders of Housewives Group at Wing 5 Khun Suphaporn Supawong and Khun Panpaporn .
Next all present at the commemoration ceremony have also celebrated 81st birthday of HM the King which was on 05th December.
History of Japanese troops landing in Prachaupkhirikhan Province.
On 08 December 1941 Japanese battleship has entered Thai waters and Japanese soldiers have landed on the beach of the Wing 5 base at 04.00 am. Fortunately they have been spotted in time by Thai guards at the base and alarm has been raised. Japanese soldiers were resisted by 120 Thai soldiers under the command of Wing Commander Mom Luang Prawas Jumsai. During battle four hundred Japanese and 39 Thai Airmen have died. Eventually Japanese soldiers have been pushed back. At about 12 noon the Prime Minister Pibul Songkram sent a message to Wing 5 confirming that Japanese have withdrawn.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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