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


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1950/53 dragonfly     Dragonfly HC.2


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