Twenty-four helicopters dipped low in a fly past over Paroi Airstrip yesterday (Monday), and 24-years of British Army Air Corps stay in Malaysia came to an official end.
Twenty-four helicopters dipped low in a fly past over Paroi Airstrip yesterday (Monday), and 24-years of British Army Air Corps stay in Malaysia came to an official end. It was the final review of the British Army Headquarters 656 Squadron, Army Air Corps, before its disbandment on December 31st this year.
Taking the salute at the fly-past was Major General D.G.T. Horsford, the General Office Commanding 17 Division in Malaysia, and among the important personalities attending was General Sir John Mogg, the General Commandant of the Army Air Corps, who flew from Britain for the final review. After the fly-past Sir John presented Observers Wings to 12 men of the 656 Squadron, and congratulated four others for helping Malaysians.
The Squadron first came to Malaysia in 1945 and served during the Emergency and Confrontation. By the end of the Emergency they had flown more that 250,000 operational hours - a record which is unlikely to be surpassed for a unit of this type.
Confrontation in East Malaysia found the Squadron once more on active service, and at this time it began to re-equip with helicopters. In August 1966 the squadron headquarters moved to Seremban, to form part of HQ 17 Division/Malaya District.
The Malaysian Ministry of Defence will take over Paroi Camp by mid-1970, and the helicopters will be moved to Hongkong and other areas.