Malaysia 1969

International Operation Name: not applicable

International Operation Dates:  not applicable

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name:  Asia

Location:  Malaysia

Canadian Operation Name: (Malaysia 1969)

Canadian Operation Dates: 1969/04/15 – 1969/09/11

Mission Mandate: To train Malaysian pilots and ground crew on the operation of the DeHavilland DHC-4 Caribou and then ferry the aircraft alongside the Malaysian aircrew to Malaysia

Mission Notes:

            Between 1966 and 1973, Malaysia bought 18 de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou aircraft for use by the Malaysian Air Force (MAF).  The MAF was scheduled to take delivery of their first aircraft in April 1969 for which assistance was requested of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Starting in early 1969 No. 4 Field Technical Training Unit at CFB Trenton began training small groups of MAF pilots.  The MAF personnel were already qualified pilots and simply needed to be instructed on the technical portion of operating the DHC-4.  A total of ten pilots were so trained.

At CFB Trenton, 424 Squadron was already operating the Caribou in Canada and in support of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).  They would assist in the ferry operation.  On 15 April 1969, a flight of three Caribou took off for the long ferry flight to Malaysia.  The crews consisted of both Canadian and Malaysian personnel.  Two further flights of three aircraft left CFB Trenton over the course of the summer.  All CAF personnel were back in Canada by 11 September 1969.  Subsequently, MAF personnel flew the remaining aircraft to their country with CAF assistance.

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