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10-12-2004, 01:47 AM
Hallo I search info about the R.A.F. in Singapor from 1938-1942.
Aircraft liste....

10-12-2004, 01:47 AM
Hallo I search info about the R.A.F. in Singapor from 1938-1942.
Aircraft liste....

10-12-2004, 05:21 AM
You need to find yourself a copy of "Buffaloes Over Singapore - RAF, RAAF, RNZAF and Dutch Brewsters over Malaya and the East Indies 1941-42" by Brian Cull, Paul Soretehaug and Mark Haselden.

There were four airfields at Singapore and several outlying fields. The fields at Singapore were Seletar, Kallang, Tengah, and Sembawang (RAAF).

67 (transferred to Burma prior to commencement of hostilities) and 243 Squadrons were the first squadrons equipped with the Brewsters. Some of the 243 aircraft present were (aircraft nr./squadron designation, if known): W8147/WP-Q, W8137/WP-C, W8138, W8139, W8143, W8147, W8155, W8162, W8178, W8179, W8181/WP-P (crashed prior to hostilies), W8182 (ditched prior to hostilities), W8184/WP-G, W8187, W8189, W8193, W8199, W8201, W8221/WP-X, W8226, W8234, W8238, W8242,

I have a copy, so if you let me know what infromation you are looking for, I will be glad to help.

10-12-2004, 05:29 AM
some infos here


10-12-2004, 05:31 AM
As well as a copy of "Hurricanes over Singapore" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

10-12-2004, 05:39 AM
well , if you have these books . one question:

from where came the Zeros over Singapoore ?
ore better from which bases they started ?

10-12-2004, 05:49 AM
Thanks you

I know that one Sunderland was in Singapor.
Hurricane too??

10-12-2004, 05:57 AM
yes, Hurricanes came also to Singapoore RAF in January 1942 - mostly MkIIs


10-12-2004, 06:02 AM
More info :
Siloso : http://www.fortsiloso.com/guns/guns.htm

10-12-2004, 06:59 AM
Combat aircraft in Singapore on 8 December 1941:

@Sembawang airfield
453 RAAF-Squadron: 18x Buffalo

@Seletar airfield
100 RAF-Squadron: 6x Beauforts & 14x Vildebeest
205 RAF-Squadron: 5x Catalina & 2x Singapore III flying boats (the 2 Singapore's were transferred on 24 December to RNZAF in Fiji)

@Tengah airfield
34 RAF-Squadron: 17x Blenheim IV
8 RAAF-Squadron: 4x Hudson II

@Kallang airfield
243 RAF-Squadron: 15x Buffalo
488 RNZAF-Squadron: 17x Buffalo
1-Vl.G.III KNIL-Squadron: 3x Martin WH-3A & 7x Martin WH-3
3-Vl.G.III KNIL-Squadron: 8x Martin WH-3A
2-Vl.G.V KNIL-Squadron: 12x Brewster B-339D

10-12-2004, 04:55 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JG53Frankyboy:
well , if you have these books . one question:

from where came the Zeros over Singapoore ?
ore better from which bases they started ? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

According to the "West point Atlas for the Second World War - Asia and the Pacific", the reinforced IJNAF 22nd Air Flotilla supported operations around Singapore with 180 fighter and bomber aircraft, and two seaplane tenders with 30 seaplanes.

According to this website: http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Fea1/801-900/Fea854_Singapore-Assualt_Yeo/fea854.htm

The 22nd operated out of their airfields in Indo-China. Here is an excerpt from this site detailing the organization of the 22nd:

"The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force (IJNAF) was heavily involved in the assault on Singapore, beginning on the 8th of December 1941 to the 15th of February 1942. The unit involved was the IJNAF's 22nd Air Flotilla based in newly-occupied Indo-China. Beginning in November 1941, 3 Kokutais (Flying Groups/Regiments) of long-range land-based attack bombers were based around the Saigon area to prepare and support the forthcoming invasion of Malaya, Singapore and Borneo. Each Kokutai usually consisted of 30+ aircraft, subdivided into Chutais (Companies) of 8-9 aircraft each and then further subdivided into flights of 3 aircraft. As of 7 December 1941, the strength of the 22nd Air Flotilla comprised of:

Genzan Kokutai - 36 Mitsubishi G3M2/3 Nells (Type 96 Rikko or Land-Based attack bomber) based at Saigon

Mihoro Kokutai - 36 Mitsubishi G3M2/3 Nells (Type 96 Rikko) based at Thu Dau Moi

Kanoya Kokutai (Detachment) - 27 Mitsubishi G4M1 Bettys (Type 1 Isshikirikko) based at Thu Dau Moi

Attached Fighter Unit - 25 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zeros based at Soc Trang, 12 Mitsubishi A5M4 Claudes at Saigon

In addition 12 Mitsubishi C5M Babs reconnaisance/observation aircraft were also based at Soc Trang.

It was a testimony to the design of their aircraft and propulsion systems (along with the sacrificing of weight such as armour) that the Nells, Bettys and Zeros were able to fly the 600+ miles to Singapore and back without any problem. In fact, the Genzan Kokutai Nell that located and directed all 3 bomber Kokutais to attack the HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse stayed aloft for a total of 12 hours without refueling!

In addition to interdicting the sea lanes around Singapore as well as long range patrols in the South China Sea (which they encountered and shot down a number of Allied patrol planes), the 3 bomber Kokutais, with their escort and reconnaisance elements, were heavily involved in attacking Singapore proper."

There is also a table summary of IJNAF operations over Singapore, during the combined aerial blitz by the Japanese Army and Navy Air Forces in January 1942.