malaysia RMAF Butterworth

Butterworth, Penang
malaysia






KmBearing
13.1 45 Pengkalan Udara JBPM Bertam, Penang
23.3215WMKP Penang, Penang
75.3152WMBI Taiping, Perak
80.2 92WMAH Grik, Perak
80.4359WMKA Alor Setar, Kedah
91.3278 40nm NW of Pulau Pinang,



1941 to present

5 28 N - 100 24 E
4nm NW of Georgetown, Penang
ICAO: WMKBIATA: BWH
Elevation: 11 feet


RAF Butterworth had only opened in Oct 1941 and was still working up before it came under Japanese attack in Dec 1941. It re-opened in Jan 1946 and civil flights began in early 1947. It supported RAF operations during the Malayan emergency in the early 1950s. By 1 Jul 1958 had been transferred to the RAAF, following its deployment to the area in 1955. It hosted RAF units during the Indonesian confrontation of the 1960s and the RAAF during its Vietnamese operations. Butterworth is now a key RMAF Base.

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Units

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1970/    3 Skuadronalouette iii 1963/   
1965/67UK 103 squadronwhirlwind 1963/72
1959/63UK 110 squadronwhirlwind 1963/71
Type 171 Sycamore 1960/64
whirlwind 1959/60
UK 66 squadronType 192 Belvedere 1961/69




Events

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DatesOrg/TypeUnit
1964-apr-04 AccidentUK Royal Air ForceType 171 SycamoreXE311
2011-dec-07 S-61A-4M23-10


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