malaysia Operation Firedog

Malay peninsula

01-jul-48    to    31-jul-60

After the expulsion of the Japanese at the end of World War II, Malaya returned to its pre-war loose federation of states. Like Vietnam (then Indo-China) with the French, unrest in Malaya was already present and blew up in Feb 1948 when attacks were launched against Europeans. The Malayan Emergency was declared in Jul 1948 after terrorism had continued and British troops stepped up efforts against the guerillas. British, Malay, Australian, New Zealand and Rhodesian forces waged an aggressive counter-insurgency campaign from 1948 until the Emergency finished on 31 Jul 1960.

But this proved only a temporary respite. The potential formation of the Federation of Malay States was seen as a grave threat by Indonesia and the conflict erupted again c 2 years later.


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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    jul48 to may49 UK 28 Squadron Royal Air Force
    jul48 to dec57 UK 110 Squadron Royal Air Force
    01jul48 to 31jul60 UK 60(R) Squadron Royal Air Force
    aug48 to mar55 UK 33 Squadron Royal Air Force
    may50 to feb53 UK Far East Casualty Evacuation Flight Royal Air Force dragonfly
Dragonfly HC.4
    jan53 to dec56 UK 848 Squadron Fleet Air Arm S-55 H-19
    feb53 to jun59 UK 194 Squadron Royal Air Force Type 171 Sycamore
    jan54 to oct54 UK 7 Squadron Royal Air Force
    sep54 to jun59 UK 155 Squadron Royal Air Force Whirlwind
Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation
Some of the units could be operating fixed wing aircraft at the time, check every unit for details

Individual helicopters

Model IDs
Sikorsky HRS-2 WV197     WV198    
Westland Dragonfly HC.4 WT845    
Westland Whirlwind HAR.4 XD182     XJ428    
Westland Dragonfly 1A WF308     WZ749    
Bristol Sycamore 4 XL822     XL825    


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