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    Bekok Airfield (Bekuk) Johor (Johore) Malaysia

Location
Lat 2° 15' 0" N 103° 3' 0" E  Bekok Airfield is located at Bekok (Bekuk) in Johor (Johore) in Malaysia. Also known as Bekuk Airfield.

Wartime History
By the middle of December 1941, construction was suspended at Tebrau Airfield and the airfield construction unit was split up into two parties one to built a fighter strip at Bekok Airfield.

On January 15, 1941 with the Japanese advancing to the northern border of Johor (Johore) the camp at Bekok was evacuated. The next day, the runway demolished to prevent it from being used by the Japanese.

During the Japanese occupation of Malaysia, used by the Japanese as an emergency airfield.

References
New Zealands with the Royal Air Force (Volume III) Chapter 11 — Malaya, Sumatra, and Java pages 265
"Towards the end of November, when the Tebrau airfield was well under way, a survey party led by Flight Lieutenant Begg1 was sent to Bekok, ninety miles to the north, to mark the site for a second bomber airfield. But within a fortnight came the Japanese attack, and this soon enforced a change of plans. For the loss of airfields in northern Malaya during the first few days of the war made it necessary to develop new ones in the south as quickly as possible, the most urgent need being fighter strips to accommodate the reinforcements that were expected. The development of Tebrau was therefore restricted to the completion as soon as possible of a runway of 1200 yards, but in the middle of December this work was suspended and the squadron split up into several parties for work on other urgent jobs. A large detach ment was sent to the new site at Bekok to make a fighter strip there; another party was posted to Singapore Island to begin a strip at Sungei Buloh, near the Causeway; smaller groups were sent to Seletar and Tengah to help with the construction and repair work; the rest of the squadron began building another fighter strip on the site of the rifle range at the Johore military barracks"
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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Last Updated
February 27, 2018

 

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