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  • united kingdom Far East Casualty Evacuation Flight

    Royal Air Force



    1950 to 1953    




    In response to a signal to the Chiefs of Staff from the RAFs Far East Air Force on 8 Mar 1949, the Casualty Air Evacuation Flight was formed on 1 May 1950, initially at Seletar, to develop operational techniques with helicopters, in the casevac role and in the hot climate of the Malayan Peninsula. The unit was initially equipped with three Dragonfly HC.2 (originally on the line for the Royal Navy) and changed its unit title and base shortly afterward. They were followed by the improved Dragonfly HC.4. Although primarily a trials unit, plenty of British servicemen had cause to thank the Dragonfly for extracting them from difficult situations in Malaya. It was disbanded in Feb 1953 to become the nucleus of 194 Squadron.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1951/53SG SembawangWSAG
    1950/51SG Changi International AirportWSSS
    1950MY SimpangWMKF
    1950SG SeletarWSSL


    Models

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    YearsModels
    1952/53Dragonfly HC.4
    1950/53 dragonfly     Dragonfly HC.2






    Far East Casualty Evacuation Flight List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    wa/h/007 Dragonfly 1A 1949 WF308 : ex G-ALMC. Del MoS as HC.2 in Mar 1950. To Far East Casevac Flt
    Westland G-ALMC : Westland Dragonfly 1A, G-ALMC, 1949?
    Her Majesty's Government WF308 : sold MoS as Dragonfly HC.2, WF308, 15Nov50; w/o 24Oct51.
    wa/h/016 hc.2 1950 WF311 : dd Mar 1950 to RAF as HC.2; to Far East Casevac Flt; 194 Sq in Feb 1953
    wa/h/017 hc.2 1950 WF315 : HC.2 Del RAF 8 Mar 1950; Far East Casevac Flt; 194 Sq by Feb 1953
    wa/h/108 hc.4 1952 WT845 : Far East Casevac Flt
    wa/h/109 hc.4 1952 WT846 : Far East Casevac Flt; 194 Sq from Feb 1953
    wa/h/002 Dragonfly 1A 1949 WZ749 : Back to RAF Mar 1952. Damaged during jungle landing, Negri Sembilan, Mala+
    Westland G-ALEG : reg Westland as G-ALEG, 1949;
    : rtnd Westland as G-ALEG, 24Feb52; w/o 26Sep52.
    Her Majesty's Government WZ749 : sold to MoS as Dragonfly HC2, WZ749, 09Nov51;
    wa/h/124 hc.4 1952 XB251 : Far East Casevac Flt; 194 Sq; CFS; Gutersloh Stn Flt; A&AEE Handling Sq
    wa/h/125 hc.4 1952 XB252 : Far East Casevac Flt; 194 Sq; A&AEE Handling Sq; CFS; Gutersloh Stn Flt



    Operations


    DatesOperation
    may-50feb-53MY Operation Firedog