Hello Everyone-

My name is Ruck Nicholls-

I am sure everyone is as shocked as I am over the sudden passing of Derek.

I served on Chia Keng both CK1 and CK2-May 1958 thru December 1959. Derek also served on Chia Keng during my stay.

Pam and Robin Lehrle have graciously  accepted my offer of assisting in the continuation of Derek's valuable web site in bringing together RAF compadres who had served on RAF Chia Keng.

I know there are many CK compadres out there that have never come forward-perhaps thru passing on, or ailing or maybe they are just not computerized?

I do hope I can live up to and fulfill Derek's quest of bringing and keeping ex-CK personnel in contact. 


If you would like a response to your entry here, please leave your email address in the body of your entry. Try to disguise the address by using "at" instead of @

and "dot"  instead of  .

If you have any photos or "stories" concerning CK1 or CK2

I would be pleased to incorporate them into the site.

Photos need to be in JPG format.

I will be monitoring the guestbook frequently but please allow

some time for "real life" to take over !!



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Reply Ng Ai Zhen
9:15 AM on May 13, 2017 

Thank you so much for your generosity. Yes, I'll surely credit the pictures to Derek Lehrle's RAF Chia Keng website.  

Reply Ruck Nicholls
10:09 AM on May 2, 2017 

Hello Mr. Zhen-You have our permission to exhibit the subject pictures you listed. Do ensure the credit for the pictures and copyright are given to the late Derek Lehrle's RAF Chia Keng website for your exhibition. We are pleased that you will be able to show some area history to the local residents-For us "old timers" we are just pleased that this era, thru pictures, is still available and documented.

Kindest regards, Ruck Nicholls


Reply Ng Ai Zhen
1:22 AM on May 2, 2017 

Dear Mr Nicholls,

I am a volunteer of Bless Community Services (BCS), and we are having a 'Family Day' on the 20 May 2017. Residents living in Serangoon are welcome to join us for free games, food, and workshops etc, as well as, an exhibition reminiscing the good old days of the Serangoon area. As such, we hope to reproduce a few of the photos featured on your site. We will definitely credit the late Mr Lehrle, and feature them only with your approval.

We hope to display the following photos:
“Extra site photos” -> “bobs 1960tys photoes”

  1. Photo 1 of 19 (road leading to RAF)
  2. Photo 2 of 19 (building exterior)
  3. Photo 8 of 19 (living quarters)
  4. Photo 19 of 19 (local shops)


“Places around Chia Keng”

  1. Photo 1 of 16 (bus)
  2. Photo 4 of 16 (plantations around RAF)
  3. Photo 6 of 16 (old time transport)
  4. Photo 8 of 16 (drinks peddler)
  5. Photo 11 of 16 (rubber plantation)
  6. Photo 13 of 16 (attap house)


“Local scenes”

  1. Photo 5 of 6 (local string small time business)


Reply Ruck Nicholls
10:29 AM on February 16, 2017 

Hi Kuet-Thanks for checking us out! I did check out your Singapore link and it is the first time I have seen the Archive photos-I do remember we got Derek's widow Pam Lehrle to give her permission to OK the photos for the Archive. She was all for the project! Again, thank you for saying hello! Kindest regards, Ruck 

Reply Kuet
10:00 PM on February 15, 2017 

Hi Ruck,

Excellent website! This's my 1st visit and really enjoy the read.. 

In case you are not awrae, there are 363 Derek's photo in National Archives Singapore. Check out this link



Reply len eaton
5:43 AM on December 15, 2016 
Reply Ken
1:21 AM on September 11, 2016 

Dear Mr Nicholls, thank you so very much for your kend permission. We will definitely credit and confirm the copyright to the late Mr Derek Lehrle. I will assure you that the images will not be reproduced without your permission. We hope to complete the project by the end of this year and I will send you images of the  project when it is completed. Wishing you all the best and best regards, Ken.

Reply Ruck Nicholls
10:38 AM on September 10, 2016 

Hello Ken-You have our permission to download the pictures from our website-However, we do insist you give credit to the late Derek Lehrle and to re-confirm the copyright to Derek Lehrle and not to reproduce the images without permission from myself (Ruck Nicholls) as Webmaster of the this site.

We do hope your project goes well with your pupils on being able to show them some history of the local area. Also we look forward in receiving some sample layouts of your project. Kindest regards, Ruck Nicholls . 

Reply Ken
12:24 PM on September 9, 2016 

Dear Mr Nicholls

I am a teacher from Singapore. My school is located close to where the Chia Keng Camp used to be situated and the school is setting up a gallery featuring the landmarks of the past of the area around the school. If it is possible, we would ike to re-produce the following photos which are found on your website. I hope that you will grant us permission to use the photos. We will definitely acknowledge the source of the photos. Thank you.

bobs 1960tys photos
- Photos 7 of 19
- Photos 18 of 19
- Photo 19 of 19


RAF Chia Keng Extra Site Photo's
- Photo 8 of 48


Places Around Chia Keng
- Photos 3 of 16
- Photos 6 of 16
- Photos 7 of 16
- Photos 8 of 16
- Photos 9 of 16
- Photos 11 of 16
- Photos 12 of 16


Later Camp Use. 1979
- Both Black and White Photograph

Reply Ruck Nicholls
11:14 AM on September 9, 2016 

Hello Ken-First off who are you and where are you located-what is you connection with RAF Chia Keng? Next, which photos are you interested in?

We look forward to your reply-Regards, Ruck Nicholls

In Memoriam


Camp Life


Faces From Chia Keng

Faces From Chia Keng 2

Faces From Chia Keng 3

Faces. 1950/60's & 2006

Extra Site photo's

Places Around Chia Keng

Local Scenes

Singapore City. 1958

Singapore. 1958

Later Camp Use. 1979

Servicemens Comments

Chia Keng Annexe


Links to interesting sites


2012; Derek Lehrle; New Zealand~~~ Webmaster: Ruck Nicholls, California, USA


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