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RAF Labuan, Borneo
The purpose of this site is to attract the attention of anyone who ever served at RAF Labuan - army, navy or air forces of all nations, in Borneo. This includes of course all those who served at ComAirBor and ATOC. Ex-service personnel who were stationed at RAF Labuan (or RAF Membedai as it was known to RAAF personnel) are creating a photographic memory bank and communal messaging service to link all those who ever served at RAF Labuan; the purpose being to preserve the memory of the station and the local environs at their time and your contribution to that memory bank is invited.
It was not only the RAF that served there but many units of the British and Commonwealth armies, navies and air forces - and all are welcome. With all forces having pulled back to their homelands it is obvious that, over time, memories will fade, old comrades will be lost, either through re-location, poor communications, forgetfulness or death and therefore what happened will slowly be forgotten. This site will preserve their memories of a moment in time.
The island of Labuan is located just off the coast of the Sultanate of Brunei in Borneo and has a history going back to the White Rajahs and the pacification of Western Borneo. However it is the recent past that is of interest to us and in particular the period from the second world war onwards through to post Indonesian Confrontation in the 1960s. (How many different euphemisms are there for "War" ?).
By clicking on this link, RAF Labuan. those who served there and who still have an interest, will be taken to a Yahoo site where a more comprensive photographic history is being created than is possible on this page. The objective is to re-open and maintain new links and preserve existing links with people and memories of a very special time in their lives. We invite your participation in sending e-copies of your photo's and memories of Labuan, the station or the island, in order to help preserve the historical snapshot of that time and to join in the e-conversation between people with a shared experience.
I look forward to meeting you there. The remainder of this page provides further opportunities to explore related subjects.
Photo copyright David Dove. All rights reserved.
Lost and Found 1966 - 2013
Another of the happy band of brothers from RAF Labuan 1965/6 rediscovered at, of all places, a mini reunion in January of 2013 of ex Brize Norton people who also served there in the '60's. (See RAF Brize Norton ).
Paul Thompson, left, and David Dove.
Photo copyright Paul Thompson
Labuan from the air
Do it NOW!
E-mail old photo's to RAF Labuan site
Labuan Broadcasting Service Re-Union 2011
In early December of 2011 we were able to arrange a lunchtime re-union of five members of the Labuan Broadcasting Service who all served at RAF Labuan in 1966-7. Those present, from left to right were:
Anthony "Taff" James, Mike Durrant, David Dove, Mike Strange, Roger Pavey.
A larger gathering is in preparation for 2013 when the warm weather returns and anyone interested can contact the group through the Yahoo Group site which is: groups.yahoo.com/group/LBS-Borneo/
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo courtesy of Mike Strange.
CQ CQ CQ Seeking You
Some remembered friends, are you on the list?
Sgt Don Estall,Sgt. John Hart,Sgt. Peden,Cpl Alan Livingstone,Cpl Bob Davies,Cpl Colin Pickersgill,Cpl Cy Annis,Cpl Graham Fletcher SRN,SAC Alan Poole,SAC Brian Lawrance,SAC Derek Warner,SAC Doug Hagan,SAC John Banks, SAC John Cunningham,SAC John Hamilton,SAC Mervyn Quick,SAC Ted Walters,Dave White,Del Hart,Ian Gray,Ian Sedgley,Jess Constant,John Phillips,Keith Hawkins,Ken Watson,Steve Allan,Mick Ralls,Pete Hamilton,Phil Gledhill,Ray Haskell,SAC "Fooey" Harris,Brian Cocker,Brian Morton,Charlie Rainger
Flt. Lt. John Brown,F/O Al Barnett,F/O Phil Atlay
Everyday Squadron Life - All photo's copyright Terry Batty, not for commercial reproductionClick thumbnail to view full-size
PTSD? Bad Memories? Emotional Baggage?
Discounted fixed price for all serving and ex-service personnel showing I.D. for Psychotherapy and Counselling services.
This is to recognise, and to show support for, the outstanding work done by our armed services in impossible circumstances all over the world. Therapists are ex-services.
01295 812138 or click on the link below.
The Paloma Centre.
Find your own interesting things here
Following the links to RAF Labuan. will take you to the Yahoo members site for the photographic bank and members chat rooms. At the Yahoo site you will, on your first visit only, need to click on the button marked "Join this Group". The administrator will then give you membership so that you can both enjoy the content of the site and add your own comments and material.
If you need help uploading any material by all means contect the administrator of this page who will be pleased to receive any material and upload for you.
If you have questions about this page, the one you are on, please use the comments section at the bottom to contact the administrator of this page who will respond to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may make contact through email@example.com leaving your e-mail address or contact number for a response.
The Past - Lest We Forget - I had it easy there, many didn't, Rest In Peace.Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Future - Amazing Development Under Way
Wednesday January 14, 2009
Build Labuan-Menumbok bridge, says group
LABUAN: The Consumer Association of Sabah and Labuan joined in a chorus for the building of the Labuan-Menumbok bridge by saying it will be a great help for the island's economy in the long run.
Association president Datuk Patrick Sindu said that Labuan was in urgent need of the link. He said the bridge should be undertaken as it would benefit Sabah, Labuan and Sarawak. "There will be increased sale of houses to mainland buyers and easier supply of goods from Sabah, including fresh products at cheaper prices, apart from a boost in trade and tourism," said Sindu.
The bridge was first mentioned in the Labuan Development Plan (1997-2015) during the time when Tun Daim Zainuddin was finance minister.
It recommended the project as a private sector initiative.
A feasibility study on the bridge is being undertaken by University Malaysia Sabah. The Government has allocated RM5mil for the study and it is expected to be completed soon. Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce secretary Chin Chee Kee said a physical link of the island with Sabah was important as it would ensure Labuan was not bypassed with the completion of the Pan-Borneo Highway. Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman had said the bridge would bring about a win-win situation for the Federal Territory and the Klias peninsula in southwestern Sabah.
The newly-established Sabah Progressive Party's think tank, Progressive Institute of Public Policy and Analysis headed by former deputy chief minister Datuk Tham Niyp Shen, is carrying out a feasibility study on the bridge and will provide the state with a report.
However, there is a nagging fear that Labuan's free-port status may be withdrawn if the bridge was built.
There is also the fear that Labuan with a land mass of 77.69 square km may not able to handle traffic from the mainland.
Already, the island is hard pressed for parking space during peak hours.
The bridge will span over 17km, based on the route taken by the Labuan-Menumbok roro ferry. - Bernama
Can you help identify these places please? - Where are they? Labuan? Brunei?Click thumbnail to view full-size
All photos by permission of S. Ferguson
TourEx - Going Home - My Baby Wrote Me a Letter - by Monty Zoomer (the Box Tops cover)
Taken from You Tube the Jezz C Rogers site
PJM - Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal
The PJM is a medal awarded by the Malaysian Government to all service personnel of all nations who served in the Malayan and Borneo "small wars" or "Konfrontasi" for a ninety day period between the following dates:
Malaysia during the period 31st August 1957 and 12th August 1966 inclusive
Singapore during the period 31st August 1957 and 9th August 1965 inclusive.
Until recently the British Government did not allow serving personnel to wear this medal, however, after a long campaign by the NMBVA (National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association UK) it has now been agreed that with effect from Armistice Day, 11.11.2011, the medal may now be worn. Victory for common sense and recognition at last for those who served.
If you think that you may qualify but have not applied yet you may do so through the NMBVA, see "Useful Links" above.