Final operational missions of the Malayan Emergency

13 Aug 1959

The RAAF’s two squadrons of Sabre jet fighters at Butterworth airbase in Malaya were both used on an Operation Firedog mission on this day. Twelve aircraft, six from Nos 3 and 77 Squadrons, strafed two jungle camps near Bentong in Northern Pahang after these had first been bombed by RAAF, RAF and RNZAF Canberras. Several other missions were flown before a formal end to the Malayan Emergency was declared on 31 July 1960. These were the last operational missions flown by RAAF fighter aircraft for more than 40 years.

Related base

  • RAAF Base Butterworth

Related aircraft

  • F-86 Sabre