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PETERTHEEATER
13-05-2010, 09:46
The East/West runway at Butterworth 1961 looking west with Penang Island looming in the background. Canberras of 2 Sqn RAAF and C47s of RNZAF.

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/PICT0034-2.jpg

PS: the E/W Runway was not active. Formally the Japanese airstrip but post war resurfaced as a parking area.

Here: http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=5.459366&lon=100.385354&z=16.8&r=0&src=msl

PETERTHEEATER
13-05-2010, 09:54
Butterworth 1962 - East/West runway looking north of east showing visiting Valiant squadron.

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/PICT0072.jpg

Paul Francis
13-05-2010, 16:04
A brisk walk beyond those white painted aircraft Peter and you could of snapped that lovely control tower!

canberra
13-05-2010, 17:18
Ive been here as well, 1997 exercise "flying fish", I remember seeing a kingfisher perched on a road sign. The exercise was a strange one I think I worked a grand total of 5 days in 3 weeks, not that Im complaining!

PETERTHEEATER
14-05-2010, 03:38
A brisk walk beyond those white painted aircraft Peter and you could of snapped that lovely control tower!

Ah. Hindsight is a wonderful thing Paul! On a Corporal Technicians pay colour film was to be used grudgingly with only 36 shots on a roll . I had the oppportunity to photograph may buildings but didn't; history didn't feature high on the agenda in those days. I have found one or two more shots with buildings in so I will put them up in this thread in due course since they may be of interest.

LaurieB
22-06-2010, 03:28
That tower is still in use but difficult to photograph now. I think the photographer (was it you Peter?) is standing on what is now part of the nine-hole golf course.

I was last on Butterworth just two months ago having arranged a base visit for a visiting party of members from the RAF Butterworth & Penang Association. Basic layout is much the same but a few new build buildings around especially in the area just in front of the camera view point.

PETERTHEEATER
22-06-2010, 08:24
I never cease to be amazed at how tight military budgets can stretch to build golf courses on air bases or does it come out of the golfer's pockets!

PETERTHEEATER
22-06-2010, 08:31
Waiting at the lights to cross the main runway east to west 1962. Come on canberra, give us a green!

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/PICT0068-2.jpg

PETERTHEEATER
22-06-2010, 08:43
Visiting Aircraft Servicing Flight (VASF) parking area (empty) with civvy AIr India in background. Circa 1963, taken from the door of the Armoury building directly next door to RAF Stores (Supply). Facing just east of south about 170 degrees.

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/PICT0074.jpg

canberra
22-06-2010, 18:04
There is no way on earth that a golf course would be built from public funds. Senior officers have done some silly things in their time with public money but even they wouldnt be that stupid!

PETERTHEEATER
23-06-2010, 04:01
Soccer pitch at the rear of the RAAF Butterworth Motor Transport (M.T.) Section 1962

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l366/PRACHUAP/PICT0067.jpg

LaurieB
27-06-2010, 04:28
Re the golf course at Butterworth, this was constructed in the mid-60s when the base was RAAF Butterworth. From what I was told when I first played it in mid-66, most of it was on a self-help basis.

PETERTHEEATER
27-06-2010, 06:38
I was there '61 through 64 so it was just after my time.

gladden
08-08-2010, 17:12
When I was there the only runway was east/west. It ran from a padi field at the east end to close to the straits at the west.
A few years ago I was in internet contact with a former RAAF member who was part of a group called "the flying shovels". They went to Butterworth to repair the runway.
He told me that when the Japanese built it the base was made of coconut palm trunks, and of course they were rotting away and the strip was sinking in places.

I remember the padi field well because I spent a few hours in it on crash guard in the middle of the night. A beaufighter had crashed and burned with both crew members lost. It was a bit hairy trying to keep wild dogs away from what they thought was their dinner.

Dennis

WJT
08-08-2010, 20:31
C: Are you stating that the golf course was built before the RAF moved out? LaurieB actually states that the photographer seemed to be standing where the golf course is NOW. Chicken or egg?

Paul Francis
08-08-2010, 20:39
Is that a spot the ball competition peter, if it is what do we win? A free trip to Thailand maybe, full board and lodging for a week would be nice.

gladden
09-08-2010, 06:11
When I was there in '48 there was only one runway, east/west - padi field at the east end and close to the straits at the west end.
I remember the padi field very well because I spent a few hours in the middle of the night on crash guard after a Beaufighter crashed and burned. The two man crew were lost - hairy time chasing wild dogs away from the site who thought it was dinner time.

A few years ago I was in touch with an ex RAAF man who was in a group called the "flying shovels" - they were at Butterworth to repair the runway. He said when the Japanese built the runway they used the trunks of coconut palms as a base - of course they rotted and caused sinking of the strip.

Dennis

PETERTHEEATER
09-08-2010, 08:29
Is that a spot the ball competition peter, if it is what do we win? A free trip to Thailand maybe, full board and lodging for a week would be nice.

Oh; just looked at it and realised thate there is no ball in the frame. If there had been I would have sent it to the Irish Times for their 'Spot the Ball' competition:)

LaurieB
12-08-2010, 04:57
C: Are you stating that the golf course was built before the RAF moved out? LaurieB actually states that the photographer seemed to be standing where the golf course is NOW. Chicken or egg?

It seems that I have opened something of a Pandora's box by mentioning the golf course. In clarification, it was constructed in the mid-60s when the base was RAAF Butterworth and RAF personnel there were part of the RAF(E). As mentioned by WJT, I was simply trying to pinpoint the location where the photographer was standing.

BTW, for those interested, the Google Earth imagery of the base at Butterworth has recently been updated. The image now in use is dated 20 Feb 2010.

gladden
16-08-2010, 21:20
Does anyone have a location (google earth) where the RAF camp would have been in '48 ?
I know it was closer to the village than to the strip. Things have changed so much with new roads etc. that I don't recognise anything. The beach was at the end of my hut.

LaurieB
17-08-2010, 03:48
Can't answer your question at the moment. However, in a couple of weeks time, I will be meeting someone who was here in the late 40s. Hopefully I will be able to help after that meeting.

LaurieB
05-06-2012, 05:46
Have been scanning slides from my collection for a while now and came across the two below.

These show a formation of 6 Javs from 60 Sqn and six Sabres of the RAAF overflying Butterworth on 12 Aug 66, the day after Confrontation officially ended.

Prior to flying over Butterworth, the formation had overflown HMS Victorious which was in the northern Straits of Malacca.

Apologies for the poor quality.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5207/5217301310_b52cb282e3_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janner88/5217301310/)
IMG_0004 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janner88/5217301310/) by Janner88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/janner88/), on Flickr

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4124/5217301772_d72a10ef67_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janner88/5217301772/)
IMG_0005 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/janner88/5217301772/) by Janner88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/janner88/), on Flickr

Another Number
08-06-2012, 09:10
That must have been some sight and sound. the Javelin is a wonderful aircraft, shame there is notmany left around now.