Seletar: Crowning Glory

Woodfield Publishing Ltd
ISBN 1-903953-16-2
RAF history
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  • softback
  • 205 x 195 mm
  • 220 pages
  • many historic photos

by David Taylor

An informal history of RAF Seletar, the Royal Air Force base in Singapore, from its earliest origins to the departure of the RAF in 1971, illustrated with many vintage photos

This book tells the story of RAF Seletar, initially known as RAF Singapore.

The need for an RAF presence in Singapore was first suggested back in 1921, only three years after the birth of the service, but it was 1928 before the base opened for business. That still leaves it with a history as long and colourful as any in the Royal Air Force...

This story is also, in some ways, the history of Singapore itself, for as Seletar was the only airfield on the island during the golden age of flying. As well as welcoming famous aviators such as Kingsford-Smith and Amy Johnson, it was the point of arrival and departure of all airborne visitors, including many VIPs, film stars, and royalty.

The book picks up the story of Seletar back in the 1800s, when it was used by the Royal Navy and follows it all the way, via World War One, the construction and expansion of the airfield in the 1920s and 30s, the Japanese occupation during World War Two, the busy postwar period, and finally the departure of the RAF in July 1971, when Seletar was handed over to the Singapore Air Force.

For anyone who served in Singapore, in whatever capacity, or for the thousands of service personnel who passed through Seletar over the years, this book is a must-read that will bring back many memories.

Rest assured that it is not a boring history book full of dry facts and figures ~ it is a nostalgic adventure story illustrated with numerous historical photographs and other memorabilia that will be greatly enjoyed by anyone who remembers Seletar in the days when it was a large and thriving RAF outpost in the Far East.