My thoughts have often drifted back to that old camps position in Singapore. Always wondering if there would be any visible remains to help in fixing it's original position amoungst all the modern buildings. Something I thought would be impossible to determine even if I visited the area again. Not long ago someone told me to have a look at some software called "Google Earth" on the internet. They were praising it's ability to find anywhere on the earth, even individual houses. This I had to see and the thought crossed my mind about looking for the old camp using this system. It was a long shot but worth a try. I was amazed by the clarity of the overhead photo's making it possible to pick out trees and property easily. It took me a while but I was able to locate the Japanese Cemetery and then part of the S bends on the Yio Chu Kang Road. I remembered the camp as being about 100 yards along this road from the bend and on the left. It was a difficult task with nothing about the old camp being in place. However, good fortune smiles on those who try and an aerial photo came into my possession which showed the old camp. Cutting a long story short I was able to locate the camp site using the Japanese cemetery and the S bend still in existance. By studying the location amoungst the modern buildings I noticed that even some of the trees matched up and I thanked the authorities under my breath for their determination to keep Singapore green. The aerial photo here shows the position of the old camp. Pity that the modern swimming pool by the main camp entrance wasn't there in 1958 when I was stationed there. The RAF chaps of those times could have done with that facility.
That concludes the search for the camps location amoungst the new properties now on that site. Should anyone now want to have a look at the site they can do so. Sad to think that they wouldn't see anything from the 1960's camp. Just images in the minds of ex RAF personel who were fortunate enough to have served their time there. I would like to thank those who helped me with information and photographs from when the camp was in use. Also those Singaporeans who took the trouble to go and take modern photo's for me.
The photographs on the following pages were all taken in the 1958 period from places around RAF Chia Keng. They will give a good idea about the surrounding buildings and property established there at that time. Many of the camps personnel took time out to explore the surrounding area and to meet up with the local people living there. Fortunately many photographs were taken which now give us all the chance to see what it was all like. Further photographs can be seen by going to the web site:- http://www.freewebs.com/gajrevor/