1900 Air Observation Post (AOP) Flight at Sek Kong ?
1900 independent air observation post flight royal air force
An Air Observation Post Flight is a Royal Air Force unit in which the pilots are all officers of the Royal Artillery.
Whilst serving in the Hong Kong Flotilla (ML Gunboat Squadron) we took our Armed Motor Launch ML 3510 up to Tolo where we were treated to a 'jolly' trip in Auster artillery spotter planes. It was a great adventure for this National Serviceman Sailor.We flew over the border with Red China, and the purpose of the aircraft were to direct artillery fire from the ground, should any invasion from Red China take place. This was a never-ending threat in our Flotilla time in HK (1948-1957) . This unit often worked with us when we were on patrol amongst the islands. Two launches were always on patrol. I wonder if anyone can recall this Army Auster unit. I cannot remember the airfield from whence we took our adventurous flights as guests of the Army Pilots. It might have been Sek Kong ( Interested recent piece regarding Douglas Bader/Sek Kong) . Does anyone have memories of that Army Flght of Austers up in the NT. I would be so interested. Peter Yeates. Hong Kong Flotilla Association. HMS Tamar. I remind everyone that I have still not discovered where a favourite safe harbour for us out west of HK was a place called Waterboard Jetty just adjacent to the Castle Peak Road, have yet to discover exactly where this was.