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11-12-2010, 15:35
Does anyone have any photos or information about Tengah.

I came over from Seletar where I was in the MU from July 1968 to April 1969.

I was there from April 1969 on 20 Sqdn Hunters until they closed down as a J/T Air Wireless fitter.

I then went into the Air Radio bay for a while until I got bored and wangled my way over to the Ground Radio Bay underneath the tower.

I signed on from 9 and 3 in the reserve to 22 years on 31 December 1970.


P Bellamy
11-12-2010, 16:35
This may be of interest: Tengah Times December 1970 (http://www.singas.co.uk/HTML/tengah_times.html)

All the best,

13-12-2010, 08:20
Thanks for that.

I am sure that somewhere I have or had the Tengah Times for the month that 20 Sqdn disbanded.

Note to self: you had better not have thrown that out.

13-12-2010, 08:59
I just went on to Google Earth and this is a screen shot of Tengah now.


I also did a screen shot from Google and saved it but I can't upload it for some reason.

Anyway on Google ex RAF Tengah is at

N 1.372311
E 103.714790

And the MacGregor club is still shown there.

29-12-2010, 02:06
I was at Tengah from about Feb '67 (when I was reposted from Butterworth) to June 1969. I worked in Supply Sqn, mainly in SCAF, latterly on the Lightning demands desk. My outside activity was as Chf Announcer (quaint, eh?) on Tengah Broadcasting, a rediffusion service that reached a limited audience as the authorities wouldn't allow us out on the airwaves. On a recent trip to Singapore a couple of years ago, I took my beloved by taxi up the Chua Chu Kang Road to the base. The old village where the 3 bars (London Bar, Tengah Bar & - I think - John Haig Bar) & Charlie's the Tailors operated had been flattened & there was now a logistics depot belonging to the Singapore Armed Forces on the site. We looked into the main gate, which was substantially unchanged, with the old SHQ building to the left, with Cheshire Block & the Rocks' Block behind it, Guardroom to the right, & Mac's Caff straight on. The 'Pipe of Truth' still spanned the big monny drain. Couldn't see anything of the airfield, as they've put up opaque fencing pretty much all the way round it. Stirred a few memories, though. I've got loads of pictures, including a set taken at the Station Families' Day in Nov 1968. I really must get around to scanning them onto my computer as they are now genuinely historical documents. Somewhere in the loft are my copies of Tengah Times, too. I Used to write the TBS article for most of my tenure. My Brother was OC Mech Eng Grd as the station ran down, & was on the last scheduled VC10 out in about March 1976. Bild766 will probably remember the metal hangars with the 20 & 81 Sqn identifiers on the doors?

John Cooper
29-12-2010, 10:07
We have several topics on Tengah here http://RAFForum.activeboard.com/ (http://rafforum.activeboard.com/) including several of the lads from 20 squadron at about your time

06-02-2011, 18:29
Hi There - I have just seen your thread having spent some time today scanning in a few transparencies from Tangah taken when both 45 & 20 squadron disbanded. I have attached a couple of the final flypast which you were no doubt part of, also one of the final march past - all a bit faded now but I will put them through Photoshop to hopefully improve them. I have quite a few - mostly of 45 Sq. You may recall the annual bar building competition around Christmas time - I have plenty of those. I'm happy to share these if anyone is interested. There seems to be a lot of drinking going on - I can taste that Tiger now.


09-11-2011, 12:44
I am sure at Xmas 1969 I used to have a blue and white Hillman Californian and I nearly ended up in the monsoon drain between 45 and 20 Sqdns.

It could have been because my mates wife was sitting on the bonnet pretending to be the bonnet mascot or perhaps it was because I had drunk too much (Nah, never) or I for got to put the lights on.

No matter as we made it safely and a merry night was had by all.

I stayed with my mate and we made a beer can pyramid in his carport.

09-11-2011, 14:25
Hi John.

Thanks for that link.

(I have just joined that forum but the only guy I found so far was TenTonTone who posted above you

27-01-2012, 09:43

A Handley Page Victor B.1A (XH645) of No 57 Squadron RAF being 'bombed up' with conventional ordnance at RAF Tengah, Singapore.

Courtesy of Imperial War Museum Crown copyright. IWM (RAF-T 5196)

A seven store carrier loaded with 1000 pound MC bombs is being hoisted into the bomb bay from a Standard Airfield Bomb Transporter (trolley).

Of interest is that all but one of the bombs are nose fuzed with VT (variable time) Fuzes. After release of the bomb, a wind driven turbine generator in the nose of each fuze powered a transmitter which radiated an RF signal from the two folded dipole aerials. As the bomb neared the ground the signal was reflected back and at a pre-set height the fuze triggered detonating the bomb as an air burst. Most secret and the time. The photograph is undated but probably early to mid 1960s.

The SABT has a new towing arm installed not yet painted RAF Blue-Grey.

The armourer is not wearing a 'pixie hat' but a helmet with a headset and has throat microphones strapped around his neck. Essential to communicate with the Bomb Hoist operator and the 'top man' on the aircraft fuselage responsible for locking, torque loading and disconnecting the lifting gear on completion.

Richard Flagg
27-01-2012, 12:12
Tengah, Singapore Island. 1953. An aerial view of the RAF Base in the north western sector of the island on which No 1 (B) Squadron RAAF was located. The main airstrip was built post World War II and the other two older strips were withdrawn from flying usage after the new strip was opened. (via E. McHardie / Australian War Memorial (http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/P02379.006))

Royal Air Force English Electric Canberra B.15 of No. 45 Squadron at RAF Tengah, Singapore, in 1963. (via Jeff Thomas / Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:45SqnB15s.jpg))

RAF Tengah 1963 (via Joe Hendy as published on the Singas (http://www.singas.co.uk/HTML/tengah.html) website and used with permission)

Richard Flagg
27-01-2012, 12:39
Some photos from the collection of John Cunningham, these are displayed on the Singas website and I have been given permission to post them on AiX.
Please make sure you have a look at

1 - Tengah in 1963

2 - Canberra's at Tengah in 1963

3 - Tengah base in 1963

4 - Another view of the base in 1963

5 - Tengah Mess in 1963

6 - McGregor Club in 1963

7 - Entrance in 1963

8 - Another general view of Tengah in 1963

9 - Chua Chu Kang Road outside the base in the direction of Bukit Panjang

Thanks again to Tom at http://www.singas.co.uk for allowing me to post these

28-01-2012, 09:20
Great site, thanks Richard. All my time was spent at RAF (RAAF) Butterworth 1961 - 1964 but I made several duty road trips to Singapore (usually Tenghah) share driving a 3 ton Bedford truck. Five hundred miles each way, very tiring.

Richard Flagg
21-02-2012, 01:39
Tengah Control Tower. AiX-ARG Archives


21-02-2012, 14:40
Wow they get every where these Watch Offices with Tower. Is there any known number of them abroad?

Looking on Google Earth I think this watch office was still there in 2009 if the date is correct on the image, here it is on Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Tengah&hl=en&ll=1.379453,103.711694&spn=0.002148,0.002411&sll=1.38037,103.711552&sspn=0.002148,0.003433&t=h&radius=15000&hq=Tengah&z=19) but its not as clear, its in front of the hangar within the marked off yellow area.


23-02-2012, 00:54
I was based at Tengah from march 1969 to September 1971 and for the last 9 months or so I worked as a Ground Wireless Fitter (real trade Air Wireless Fitter) and that definitely was not the same watch tower as in the photo above.

Where I worked was past the northern end of the VASF pan and up a slight hill where we had a good view of the runway.

I have Google Earth up and there is no sign of that tower now. There is a new taxiway to the East of the runway and a lot of aircraft dispersal pans plus a helicopter pad I don't remember from before.

It was 40 years ago that I left and we handed over to the SAF and they have done a tremendous amount of building and rebuilding during that time so I could be wrong about the siting of the tower but I don't think so.

23-02-2012, 01:26
In the picture below (linked from http://81squadron.com/RAF Tengah.jpg (http://81squadron.com/RAF%20Tengah.jpg)), in the top left corner there are the two large hangars and in front of those is the original 1936 designed Watch Office that is in the picture above (its pretty small but can just be seen).


Here is that area today the original watch office can be seen in the red ring (this aerial images is dated 2009 but its still there on the 2010 aerial image as well)

Image copyright Google Earth and affiliates

The original Watch Office with Tower would have been the original control tower but the chances are there would have been another built by 69?

Edit: I would imagine this photo was taken from the control tower you are thinking of?

http://www.singas.co.uk/Tengah_Times/TengahTimes029.jpg (http://www.singas.co.uk/Tengah_Times/TengahTimes029.jpg)
linked from singas.co.uk

Stevo ;)

24-02-2012, 00:58
Hi Stevo

You are correct I think.

I went back to Google Earth this morning and looked again and the watch office was still there on the attached photo the same as yours.

I have attached one showing the 20, 45, 74 and 81 Sqdn lines but I cannot remember where the Canberra hangar was unless it was next to the 20 Sqdn one.

I was on 20 and rarely went over to 74 which is where the old watch tower is close to.

I remember the Bersatu Padu exercise though perhaps not that particular one.

I also remember the USAF landed a C5A Galaxy at Tengah with a Chinook inside presumably as a sales trip and it was parked on the VASF pan in line and not as the Vulcan's are as there was not enough room to turn it to park properly.

I have a number of slides from Singapore that I want to convert and save to disk but where I live there is no one with the scanner I need.

I have a mate who does have one but he is 600 km away so that will be done sometime in the future.

02-06-2012, 15:21
I have borrowed my mates slide scanner and scanned my slides 3 times now.

1 I didn't bother to read the instructions (I was a techie and wee don't need no steeenking instruction book)
2 I talked to some people on the RAFForum thread who put me in the right direction
3 I did it more or less correctly this time and now I am cleaning up the photos to make them better to see.

Here is one I have of Hoof Proudfoot and another with 10 of 20s best in the air at the same time.

Rats. The files are too big but I will sort that out in the next couple of days.


Bernard Anthony Morris
26-03-2013, 05:55
Tengah 1971-1974 ANZUK Force 103 Sqn,Whirlwinds and Wessex dispersal near the golf clubhouse.

14-05-2015, 10:26
Hi Bernard,
Read your post and I was wondering if you had any photos of Tengah from 69/70. I was with 45 sqdn during this time period.