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.
|1950/51||Changi International Airport||WSSS|
Far East Casualty Evacuation Flight List of helicopters
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In 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 || G-ALMC : Westland Dragonfly 1A, G-ALMC, 1949? |
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+ || G-ALEG : reg Westland as G-ALEG, 1949; |
: rtnd Westland as G-ALEG, 24Feb52; w/o 26Sep52.
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 |