Malaya - Korea

 
  • Anthony Eden addresses 1914 Flight at Paroi, during his second visit to them, in 1955

    Anthony Eden addresses 1914 Flight at Paroi, during his second visit to them, in 1955

  • Capt J Churcher and Brig MD Erskine DSO, who lost their lives in a crash on October 27 1949

    Capt J Churcher and Brig MD Erskine DSO, who lost their lives in a crash on October 27 1949

  • In 1951 one of 1907 Flight's Austers was fitted with load hailing speaker, similar to the installation shown on this civil Auster

    In 1951 one of 1907 Flight's Austers was fitted with a load hailing speaker, similar to the installation shown on this civil Auster

  • 1903 and 1913 Flights were based at Fort George in Korea from the Autumn of 1951 onwards

    1903 and 1913 Flights were based at Fort George in Korea from the Autumn of 1951 onwards. This photo shows the Western side of the strip, home to 1903.

  • Maj 'Warby' Warburton, Capts P Tees RCA, J Crawshaw, G Joyce and B Forward RAA at Fort George

    Maj 'Warby' Warburton, Capts P Tees RCA, J Crawshaw, G Joyce and B Forward RAA at Fort George

  • Maj W Harris MC, OC of 1903 Flight, who sadly was killed in an accident on June 2 1953, Coronation Day

    Maj W Harris MC, OC of 1903 Flight, who sadly was killed in an accident on the ground on June 2 1953, Coronation Day

  • March 18 1954, a member of US Special Forces practices before his parachute drop from Auster VF516. The pilot is 1913 Flight's 'Red' Meaton

    March 18 1954, a member of US Special Forces practices before his parachute drop from Auster VF516. The pilot is 1913 Flight's 'Red' Meaton

  • Starting Auster WE614 by prop swinging at Noble Field, Kuala Lumpur

    Starting Auster WE614 by prop swinging at Noble Field, Kuala Lumpur

  • The Squadron practices formation flying above Kuala Lumpur

    The Squadron practices formation flying above Kuala Lumpur

  • M29 OC Maj Sandy Roberson Gen Sir Gerald Templer Flt Lt Niven Capt Bath Capt Ken Perkins

    M29 OC Maj Sandy Roberson, Gen Sir Gerald Templer, Flt Lt Niven, Capt Bath, Capt Ken Perkins

  • M30 When moving base pilots repositioned aircraft, & the rest of the personnel and equipment moved by road

    M30 When moving base pilots repositioned aircraft, & the rest of the personnel and equipmen moved by road

  • M31 Auster 9 dropping leaflets

    M31 Auster 9 dropping leaflets

  • M32 Straits Times celebrates the Squadron's 100,000 operational flying hours in Malaya

    M32 The Straits Times celebrates the Squadron's 100,000 operational flying hours in Malaya

  • M33 Jan 15 1956 Acting Capt Mike Hickey of 656 Squadron was presented with the DCM (Perak) medal by the Sultan of Perak

    M33 Jan 15 1956 Acting Capt Mike Hickey of 656 Squadron was presented with the DCM (Perak) medal by the Sultan of Perak

  • M34 Aircraft often had to land on roads to refuel, in this case at Kluang Ngae on the Thai border

    M34 Aircraft often had to land on roads to refuel, in this case at Kluang Ngae on the Thai border

  • M35 The old skill of airborne message pickup still being practiced by the Sqadron in Malaya in 1960

    M35 The old skill of airborne message pickup still being practiced by the Squadron in Malaya in 1960

  • M36 Aerial photo of Noble Field, Kuala Lumpur

    M36 Aerial photo of Noble Field, Kuala Lumpur

  • M62 Capt Peter Short, his OC Maj 'Banger' Wheeler and an unknown visiting officer in Malaya

    M62 Capt Peter Short, his OC Maj 'Banger' Wheeler and an unknown visiting Officer in Malaya

 
By the middle of December the Squadron was once again concentrated at Kuala Lumpur, where in its absence, on 01 April 1946, the BMA had been dissolved and replaced with a confederation named the Malayan Union, the first governor of which was Sir Edward Gent. It was regarded by the Colonial Office in Whitehall as a first step towards independence, but was unpopular in Malaya, as it had been imposed without sufficient local consultation.

Singapore was separated from the confederation and made a Crown Colony in its own right, with its own governor – the aim being to preserve its status as a developing free port, air and naval base, while also marginalizing the impact of Singapore’s one million ethnic Chinese on Malayan politics as a whole.