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Old 27th May 2016, 20:13
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Scotland
Age: 77
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My dad was based in Singapore all the time he was with Malayan Airways - first at Kalang then Paya Lebar. The Borneo Rapides sometimes came to Singapore - I remember sitting in the cockpit of one in the Hangar at Kalang. I think they only had 2 - the odd thing is I think one was named Rajah Udang which I think is Malay for king prawn - the other was also Rajah something. I myself spent nearly 40 years in aviation floating about all over - spent time in KL, Manila in the Far East - mostly in Middle East - total at last count 63 countries. Loved every minute of it. Now retired and spend most of my time in Fife,Scotland with about 3 months of the year in Manila where I keep another house and car.
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Old 31st May 2016, 08:18
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Join Date: May 2016
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Borneo Airways

Wow, what an exciting life you had! We also spent some time in Singapore - from around '65 to '72. Very fond memories - CK Tang's and the Tanglin Club. Looking forward to my visit next February. Enjoy your retirement.
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Old 1st Jun 2016, 08:36
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Had a marvellous life - still having fun. I have two motorcycles - one of them a superbike - which I ride as often as I can. Was recently swimming with Whale sharks in a place called Oslob on the Island of Cebu. The odd thing is I have had prostate cancer for 8 years - had surgery then radiotherapy then it came back.Have just had the result of a bone scan and body scan - nothing found in spite of a rapidly rising PSA. In all these years I have never felt a single symptom of anything. That is why I recommend to everyone over 45 or so - get regular PSA tests - if you wait until you have symptoms it will probably be too late. 10,000 men a year die from prostate cancer in the UK - I am doing my best not to be one of them - all we men should be doing the same.
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Old 3rd Jul 2016, 09:45
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Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Near Rugby
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Apologies for going off at a tangent Old Duffer but I am researching my Dad's war service - he was shot down during Peenemunde raid and I am looking for pictures. During my search I saw that David Carpenter had taken many pics of 10 Sqn during his time there and that his son Ron was asking for details on another thread dated 2010. This is where I saw your connection dated 3 April 2010 suggesting he contact you.

A month or so ago I posted a reply to David at the end of that thread asking him to contact me and saying why, but without success.

However, if you have his contact details would you be able to forward my post to him?

For information, York Libraries have copies of Rapier's "Melbourne Ten" a lovely book.

Thank you.

Boater Bill
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Old 4th Jul 2016, 08:22
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: UK
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"bcgallacher", apologies if you have already done this but your post may be useful on the medical section. Lively debates and some pretty good advice on that site. Rising PSA with no cancer can be other things. Your radio therapy & surgery might not have been necessary unless cancer was definitely there. But, healthy thoughts to you & keep enjoying the good life you have.
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Old 21st Jul 2016, 09:52
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Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
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I was a navy helicopter pilot in 848 Squadron based in Labuan & Bario 65/66. I met quite a few of your gang over a beer or 3 but at my age I'm hopeless at remembering names! But I do remember the good times we had!
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Old 25th Jul 2016, 11:24
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I really enjoyed reading the thread about flying in Borneo.It must have been absolute paradise to be based in Labuan in the 60's.
I spent 3 happy years flying for MAS in the 90's , and used to drop into Labuan on a multi sector trip on the 737, via Brunei or Miri, usually terminating in Kota Kinabalu. The Malaysian airforce were based there, and always had a Caribou in the circuit performing touch and goes.
I remember seeing a Twin Pin in a park in Malacca, Malaysia. I wonder if it had ever been based in Borneo.
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 19:44
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Boater Bill,

I have only just seen your post above about Carpenter and confess to being a bit lost about the 2010 matter.

I also live near Rugby. PM me and perhaps the matter can be resolved by a phone call.

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Old 30th Dec 2019, 21:42
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Hello, my name is Alex Russell and I am the son of Rusty Russell. My dad was in MAL from 1948~1955 in Singapore and then with BAL in Labuan from '55 to '64/65 and then back to Singapore for a stint with MSA. He died in 1970 from lung cancer at age 49 way too young. I remember all the pilots named in this thread and it brought back many wonderful memories (I'm 72 now)! I was at school in the UK during the early days but we flew out to Labuan every summer and Christmas (took 3 days with night-stops).
Hello Caroline, I remember your name and parents. Hello Andy Nicholls, our dads were very close friends and lived in the same compound in Labuan with Bob Skitch, Robbie Robertson and Harry A'Court. Sorry I came to this thread so late, but have only just seen it!
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Old 22nd Mar 2021, 15:18
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Join Date: May 2016
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Hi Alex,
Just came across your post! My wife and I visited the 'compound' in Labuan about 3 years ago. It had previously been taken over by the army, and was virtually abandoned, and in a pretty sorry state. I have photos if you're interested. I remember your father very well - quite a character! Happy days! Kind Regards Andy Nicholls
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Old 22nd Mar 2021, 16:57
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Hi Andy,
Thanks for your message. I arrived at the site somewhat late so I was wondering if anyone ever looked at it these days! I tried to have a look at the compound using Google maps but of course couldn't see any detail at all. Would love to see whatever photos you have.Happy days indeed! Are you able to see my email address? Would be fun to meet when I'm next in UK. My sister Annie lives in Mortlake in London and I usually stay with her.
Kind regards, Alex Russell
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