Kai tak airport now closed was located in the midst of heavilyurbanized hong kong. Swansea, formerly raf fairwood common august 18, 2018. In the 100 years since the end of world war i, the service has been involved in almost continuous operations around the globe, giving the raf the longest and most wideranging history of any air force in the world. D alderson, 1972 this thin volume is all there is, apart from one unpublished diary, for the raf side of the story to be based on. With britain facing down the germans at the dawn of wwii in europe, americans who wanted to help as volunteer pilots in the raf faced numerous obstacles. Prior to the closure of raf kai tak in the 1970s, kai tak airport and the airfield prior to it was divided into civilian and military use. From 1968 to 1978 it was used by various raf helicopter units, as well as the royal hong kong auxiliary air force and hong kong volunteer defence corps air unit. Welcome to forces reunited the place where you can find information and friends from raf kai tak.
Officially known as hong kong international airport from 1954 to 6 july 1998, it is often referred to as hong kong international airport, kai tak, or simply kai tak and kai tak international airport, to distinguish it from its successor, which is often referred to as chek lap kok. He was given a new assignment with raf, singapore and left hong kong on the illfated ss ulysses, bound for singapore by way of manila. Food and beverages page 3 the industrial history of hong. Food and beverages page 3 the industrial history of. Finished in grey and green camo, superb looking model.
World heritage encyclopedia, the aggregation of the largest online encyclopedias available, and the most definitive collection ever assembled. Popular raf squadron books showing 2 of 33 the greatest squadron of them all. It was bombed on 8 december 1941 by the japanese air force. The book also covers littleknown raf flying boat operations around north borneo where crews assisted local seaborne police to locate pirates and smugglers from the philippines. Their business fails and the government takes control of their business, establishing an airfield at kai tak, which later becomes raf kai tak, and then hong kong international airport until 1998. The raf hangar at tai hom can be seen at lower left near the access road. Fortunately however, its a great book with plenty of original photographs and a wealth of information. Seaplanes began using victoria harbour in mar 1911.
Vhhx was the international airport of hong kong from 1925 until 1998. The only fighter squadron in the raf that operated spitfire mark 24s. This dvd captures that experience from a bygone era. Opened 10 march 1927 closed 9 may 1978 commissioned by his loving family in memory of flying officer kenneth rosewell, 80 squadron, raf kai tak, posted missing on 28 december 1949 donate. Landing of a qantas dc6 on the main runway 31 as shown here and takeoff in the opposite direction towards. Kai tak airport world cities view map airplane view hong kong street view history city pictures 1950s raf kai tak gwulo. Thomas stanley horry was born in boston, lincolnshire on 21 may 1898. He was the commanding officer of the raf station at kai tak immediately before the start of the war. The ministry of defence, and the air force board will hold the 77 th anniversary of the battle of britain service of thanksgiving and rededication in westminster abbey at 11am on sunday 17 th september 2017 raf regiment association members wishing to attend this popular highprofile event should apply by return email to the undersigned with the following. The raf left kai tak and moved most other operations to sek kong airfield from 1993 onwards the civilian government flying service replaced royal hong kong auxiliary air force at kai tak, thus. The officers quarters compound, raf officers mess of the exroyal air force station kai tak now houses the kai tak campus of hong kong baptist university. Royal hong kong auxiliary air force project gutenberg self. Group captain thomas horry commanding officer raf kai tak. For more information about this place, please click the view button above.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from wikipedia or other free sources online. Popular raf squadron books meet your next favorite book. We currently have 2 books in this category in stock. His story continues with many exciting incidents flying from the companys home base at kai tak in hong kong. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or. In 1962 the air force board formed a committee, under the chairmanship of marshal of the royal air force sir dermot boyle, to advise the board on historical and museum matters.
Royal air force stations in africa, royal air force stations in asia, royal air force stations in europe, royal air force stations in germany, royal air force stations in singapore, royal air force stations in the isle of man, royal air force. World heritage encyclopedia, the aggregation of the largest online encyclopedias available, and the most definitive. In 1966 the station was transferred to the royal artillery and renamed rapier barracks, closing on 31 mar 2004, after which it reverted to raf control. This former raf base was an important british military base in hong kong during the interbellium. Media in category exroyal air force station kai tak the following 4 files are in this category, out of 4 total. Enter the year, or partial year into the box below and press search tip. Hong kong kai tak in the 1960s a visual history of the. A depiction of raf photo reconnaissance spitfire pr mk xix number ps852 of 81 squadron, based at kai tak, hong kong, in 195253. May 01, 2018 thomas stanley horry was born in boston, lincolnshire on 21 may 1898. The latter says this extract comes from a booklet titled history of raf kai tak produced by raf kai tak in the 1970s. Date picture taken may be approximate monday, october 1. I was based at raf kai tak, from dec,1950 to may 1952, as an air wireless mechanic, posted to 80 fighter squadron. The worlds first independent air force, the royal air force celebrates its centenary in 2018.
A brief history of the raf regiment 19421960 by air vice marshall j. Arising from the committees deliberations came a recommendation to establish a royal air force museum. Faced with the fact that future promotion within the raf would move him from cockpit to desk, brian elected to join then then fledgling airline, cathay pacific. The raf had always occupied the eastern end of kai tak next to todays richland and telford gardens whilst the. It was a destination for aviation buffs due to the fact that you could see the airliners very closeup. We are a media aviation and military business specialising in photographs, publishing and broadcast production. The squadron moved to kenley the following year and reequipped with the dh. Kabrit kai tak kalafrana kaldadarnes kallang kalyan kanchrapara kandy kankesanturai. A brief history of hong kong part 1 the early days. Merchandise, raf regiment history, raf regiment news, special offers 26 mar book launch in every place the raf armoured cars in the middle east 192153, by dr nigel warwick. If you are looking for a specific book which we do not have in stock, then please get in touch and well let you know just as soon as it comes in.
Aug 19, 2016 raf kai tak was a royal air force station in hong kong. It was officially known as hong kong international airport from 1954 to 6 july 1998, it is often known as hong kong international airport, kai tak, or simply kai tak and kai tak airport, to distinguish it from its successor which is often referred to as chek lap kok. Accomodation was at kai tak and we travelled daily by garry up route twist to get to work. There are not many 1950s photos around showing the landing and takeoff of aircraft prior to the reclaimed runway at kai tak. Peter hammond, english historian this is a book about bucking the system, merging cultures, and fighting the good fight. The raf flight operated a few land based aircraft as well as having spare aircraft for naval. Royal naval air station merryfield formerly raf isle abbotts egdi august 26, 2018. Object details category books related period second world war content, 19451989 content, second world war content creator alderson, g. It opened as raf kai tak in 1927 and a concrete slipway was added in 1928.
Officially known as hong kong international airport from 1954 to 6 july 1998, it is often referred to as hong kong international airport, kai tak, or simply kai tak and kai tak international airport, to distinguish it from its successor, which is often referred to as chek lap. British ground operations in iraq, 2003 to date gulf war, 19901991 battle of britain, 1940 occupation of france, 19401944 cold war, 19461989 lancaster attack on tirpitz, october 1944 herrick, 20022014 malaya campaign, 19411945 battle of arnhem, 1944 attack on ceylon, 1942 cuban missile crisis, 1962 catechism, 1944 varsity, 1945 telic, 2003 operations in afghanistan, 2001 to date operation. An informal history of raf seletar, the royal air force base in singapore, from its earliest origins to the departure of the raf in 1971, illustrated with many vintage photos tales of a bomber command waaf. Idj writes that it is a postwar structure that was at the south end of the raf site at kai tak. Dr hokai and mr au tak started an illfated building scheme. Hector dolly gray, the signals officer from raf kai tak and several other ranks is recorded in the diary of squadron leader donald hill see dr philip astons website relating to russells mathematical tables entry for saturday, th december 1941. Many regionalhistory and anecdote books tell that kai tak airport was so named to commemorate ho kai and au tak, the alleged founders of the airport. History of flight range in deluxe box with optional undercarriage positions, rotating propellers and quality display stand in a smart. I eventually arrived at 117 after having been sent to little sai wan by mistake, in february 1959. History of royal air force kai tak imperial war museums. Kai tak airport world cities view map airplane view hong kong street view history city pictures 1950s raf kai tak,kowloon,hong kong. On 9 march, raf kai tak, a royal air force base, was established. The raf left kai tak and moved most other operations to sek kong airfield. The raf had always occupied the eastern end of kai tak next to todays richland and telford gardens whilst the civilian side was located at the western end.
D alderson author see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Hornet f3 wb909 of 80 squadron raf based at kai tak, hong kong in 1954. Author royal air force publisher production date 1972 place made kai tak, hong kong. Raf regiment books raf regiment association official.
Raf regiment books khaki and blue the early ground defence of the raf in ww2 by colonel ronald sherbrookewalker td dl. It was initially employed on transport duties, ferrying passengers, mail and freight from hong kong to iwakuni in japan in support of the british commonwealth occupation force. History of royal air force kai tak unknown binding january 1, 1972 by g. A description of flying boat operations from raf kai tak elaborates on how crews responded rapidly to assist any aircraft in distress over the south china sea. Power unit one rolls royce griffon engine that could develop 2700hp. Raf kai tak stock photos and images 5 narrow your search. From 1993 onwards the civilian government flying service replaced the royal hong kong auxiliary. Sulphur channel from the new volume 3 of gwulos books. We are the largest and fastest growing community of uk forces veterans on the web with over 500,000 members. The airport was designed to handle 24 million passengers per year but, by 1996, kai tak was handling 29.
Raf regiment history raf regiment association official. As it covers the years 1927 1971, there are only two chapters covering the war years. Raf kai tak project gutenberg selfpublishing ebooks. Wings over hong kong an aviation history, 18911988 a tribute to kai tak.
The squadron moved to raf kai tak, hong kong, in september 1945, when the war formally ended. By the 90s, booming hong kong was outgrowing kai taks limited capacity. Dec 03, 2014 by the 90s, booming hong kong was outgrowing kai taks limited capacity. If unsure of the year, 197 will give you all the 1970s. Kai tak airport hong kong 20th anniversary dvd kai tak airport, forever book, cathay. Royal hong kong auxiliary air force project gutenberg. The fact is, ho kai died in 1914 and au tak in 1920, and they had nothing to do with the construction of the airport. The definitive history of 603 city of edinburgh squadron, rauxaf volume ii. If you come across information about other lard factories in hong kong please send it in. From 1968 to 1978 it was used by various raf helicopter units, as well as the royal hong kong auxiliary air force. Detachments from the squadron however were still located and kept busy at a wide range of airfields across the southeast asian theatre of operations. Raf kaldadarnes was officially closed, leaving behind a det of 5021 airfield construction squadron.
We can reunite you with your friends who served at raf kai tak and we have a wealth of information on different units, bases and ships in. Reopened xxx 2004, under administrative control of raf scampton, but operational control of the asacs force command at raf boulmer. Raf kai tak was a royal air force station in hong kong. See more ideas about kai tak airport, kai and hong kong. See classic airliners, the concorde and much more in this 2 hour dvd. In 1950, the first members of the royal australian air force raaf joined the unit with temporary billets at lye mun, and in july 1951, operations began at little sai wan alongside the existing unit at tai po.
The remaining reclamation was accomplished and an airport, known as the aerodrome at kai tak, was built. Hk kai tak raf base maybe 1950s british hong kong, hong. A short history of the raf regiment from 1942 to 1970 with a brief account of the approach to the problems of airfield defence in the raf from 1918 to 1942 by kingsley m oliver. Published in 1952 by the saint catherine press ltd.508 561 85 355 151 1266 572 771 98 903 116 582 278 709 1441 351 107 1107 95 624 56 543 1490 740 1125 1502 793 309 981 1492 688 586 344 503 1398 1454 1483 463 1211 605