Built by the British to support its naval base to the north of Singapore Island. It became RAF Tenga in 1939 and was still woefully under resourced to resist the Japanese, who occupied it on 9 Feb 1942. Facilities were improved by the British after WWII and it became home to the Malayan Auxilliary Air Force (Singapore Squadron) from Jun 1950, where it supported the MAAF fixed wing training.
MAAF was disbanded in Sep 1960, as part of the transition to full government by Singapore established on 3 Jun 1959. Visiting deployments from RAAF units continued as well as based activity from RAF helicopter units. With the British withdrawing from overseas commitments, RAF Tengah was closed in Sep 1971 and the base was handed over to the Singapore Air Defence Command.
It had hosted the SADC Flying Training School since Aug 1969 and on handover, its name was changed to Tengah Air Base. The 5 nations agreement signed with Singapore has permitted detatchments of RAF, RAAF and RNZAF units to continue, with Tengah being a regular host to Nimrods from the UK. Tengah is home to various fixed wing units of the RSAF.
Memories of RAF Tenga
(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
RAF Tengah in 1964
Written by Len Lawrence
45 Sqdn RAF Tengah 1964 to 1966 where are the three musketeers Jinx, Don and Taff, they were always at our house at 8 Keng Chin Road 31/4 milestone Bukit Timah Road.
Liz and I would love to hear from ex45 Sqdn members.
I have a good colour photo of the three musketeers which is a shade to big to go on this memory sight, however I can email it to anyone who gets in touch.
RAF Tengah(20 Sqn) in 1965
Written by Douglas Richards
Being called shiney. Getting drunk on numerous occassions. Especially on my 21st. The nights in Buggey Street and the night in 66 when England won the world cup.
El Adem 1969 best bit was after Gaddafi took over. When we where told we where being thrown out.
RAF Stanmore/Bentley Priory. The cricket team winning the RAF 'B' Cup. The donkey derbies at Harrow rugby club. But in 70 meeting Judith Riley and enjoying most of the time until Judi war posted to RAF Episkopi.
RAF High Wycombe 71-75. Such People as Duncan, Allan Hudd, Paddy Meagher. Jane Powell. Sue Williams just a few of many. The silly w/e's in such diverse places as Sidcup and Bognor Regis. The w/e's at the home international.
RAF Tengah, in 1965
Written by Douglas Richards
Arriving in Singapore after the 31 hour flight a quick nap and out on the town for drink. Joining 20 Sqn.
Bugis St. All the out of bounds areas. Meeting and working with other trades other than just clerks. My 21st when the Golf Club was in bounds for the day just fot me. Still got beer mug that the lads got me. Saturdays out swimming of shore. All of the bars and other avtivities.
RAF Tengah, in 1963
Good memories from 1963 to 1966 at RAF Tengah