RAF Jurong and Operation Rimau




 
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February 3rd, 2012  
BritinBritain
 
 

Topic: RAF Jurong and Operation Rimau


This post might be of interest to Viper

In 1967 I arrived in Singapore for a 30 month tour of duty at RAF Tengah (Now Tengah Air Base of the Singapore Armed Forces). Part of my time was spent at Tengah, up country and RAF Jurong, a small radio transmitting station on the South West are of the Island. During my time at Jurong I heard many tales of executions, hauntings and other strange going's on. I have learned more about the station in recent weeks then I ever learned while I was there.

In 1943 the Australian special forces launched Operation Jaywick a "cockle shell heroes" type raid against Singapore harbour not from a submarine but from a captured Japanese fishing boat renamed the Krait (Google "Krait Fishing Boat" for loads of info on the history of the boat and more detailed information of the raid). The raid was an outstanding success so much so that the Japanese didn't realise that they had been attacked and thought that local saboteurs had been at work.

A year later (1944) a similar raid was carried out (Operation Rimau) using a combination of a submarine (HMS Porpoise) and a captured Malay junk (the Mustika). This raid was a disaster and resulted in 10 of the raiding party being captured. In July 1945 the 10 were put on trial for espionage, found guilty and beheaded on the 7th July 1945 just over a month before the Japanese surrender.

Human remains were found in 1967 when repair work was being carried out on the aerial farm at RAF Jurong. All work was stopped while the War Graves Commission began an investigation, they found they were indeed the 10 men from the Rimau Operation. Their remains were taken from Jurong and reburied at Kranji along with other Allied servicemen buried in various parts of Singapore.

In 1994, after a long search, the bodies of two members of the Rimau Operation killed on Merapas Island were found. They were 21-year old SGT C. Cameron of the Australian Imperial Force and 21-year old Sub-LT G. Riggs of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. These two young men bravely held off a small Japanese force that had landed on Merapas Island on 4 Nov 44. Their bravery allowed the other Rimau members to escape by boat. Almost 50 years after the incident, their remains were brought to Singapore. They were buried with full military honours at the Kranji War Memorial on 27 Aug 94. Present at the ceremony were relatives of the two men. The burials of Cameron and Riggs bring to 17 the number of Rimau commandos laid to rest at Kranji. The other six lie in unmarked graves in Indonesia.

My uncle John has his name on the Kranji war memorial walls as he has no known grave on the Sandekan death March route.

RAF Jurong closed down in 1971, a brilliant posting was lost.
February 23rd, 2012  
mickj3
 

Hello britinafrica
Your para's 2 & 3 in op Rimau look very much like my words a few weeks back at the raf Jurong site

Cheers

Mickj
February 23rd, 2012  
BritinBritain
 
 
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Originally Posted by mickj3
Hello britinafrica
Your para's 2 & 3 in op Rimau look very much like my words a few weeks back at the raf Jurong site

Cheers

Mickj
Yes it is Mick, I thought it should be posted on here out of interest, as we have people here from Singapore and Aussies who also served in Singapore.

I did a bit of a search and found out the rest of the info.
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February 23rd, 2012  
mickj3
 
No probs britinafrica, out of interest what was your connection with Jurong. Your right it was a great posting.

Cheers

Mickj
February 23rd, 2012  
BritinBritain
 
 
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Originally Posted by mickj3
No probs britinafrica, out of interest what was your connection with Jurong. Your right it was a great posting.

Cheers

Mickj
I was stationed there Mick.

One of the members here (Viper, nice guy) lives in Jurong, so I thought it might be of interest to him and others.
July 11th, 2012  
Kabor
 
Hi BritinAfrica,

Thanks for this , I've sent you a PM but not sure if it's gone through, apologies I'm not very techy.

Cheers

Kabor
July 11th, 2012  
BritinBritain
 
 
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Originally Posted by Kabor
Hi BritinAfrica,

Thanks for this , I've sent you a PM but not sure if it's gone through, apologies I'm not very techy.

Cheers

Kabor
No problem, I did get your pm, I'm sorry I couldn't give you more information.

May I ask what your interest is regarding Operation Rimau?
July 11th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I was stationed there Mick.

One of the members here (Viper, nice guy) lives in Jurong, so I thought it might be of interest to him and others.
In all honesty, I am learning alot more that what the book tell me about the history of Singapore from these fellas... becasue they were there and saw it all...

You may get info from the usual internet sources, though I am afarid you may get the "sanitised" version...
July 11th, 2012  
Kabor
 
Hi Viper,

I've just been messaging BritinAfrica about Rimau, do you mean the sanitised version about Rimau?

Very happy to forward on the messages to you if you are interested. I've been trying to reserach this for a long time and would appreciate any help.

Cheers
July 12th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 
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Originally Posted by Kabor
Hi Viper,

I've just been messaging BritinAfrica about Rimau, do you mean the sanitised version about Rimau?

Very happy to forward on the messages to you if you are interested. I've been trying to reserach this for a long time and would appreciate any help.

Cheers
Greetngs Kabor,

What I mean by the sanitised version is what wwe would find int he text of any history books. Sometimes it is interesting when you hear from the actual participants themselves. A good examples would the link below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Rimau

http://www.anzacday.org.au/education...df/z_force.pdf

http://www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/abo...0_history.html

Yes, I live in the Jurong Area- that is in the western part of Singapore. In the early part of the 20th century, it was mainly forested area with sporadic villages- Chinese and Malay settlements. The coastline of that area was mainly swamps.

During WWII, the Japanese made landings near the north western part of Singapore, They were met by the Indian, Australian troops Dal force (made up of local volunteers), who put up quite a bit of resistance, but were eventually overcomed.

In the later part of the 20th century, particularly in the 70s, Jurong became an industrial sector for the young nation. As housing needs were demanding, housing estates start appearing in Jurong- now thats where I live.

I actually grew up in the eastern part of Singapore. My village- yes, I was a kampung boy!- was just behind the Changi Prison complex. We used to cut through the complex daily...

Enough of me, buddy... If I may ask, why the interest in all this?

Thanks