RAF Sha Tin [1949-1962] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

RAF Sha Tin [1949-1962]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1949-08-01 (Day is approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1962-09-30 (Day is approximate)

Formerly the site of a small RAF airfield.

IDJ writes:

The British Army had an aviation presence in Hong Kong from July 1949 when 1903 Air Observation post (AOP) Flight, RAF, of 657 AOP Squadron was hastily despatched to the Far East as a result of the HMS Amethyst incident on the Yangtze. This incident led to a general reinforcement of troops in Hong Kong. 1903 Flight was briefly based at San Wai near Tai Po before moving in August 1949 to RAF Shatin. Its concrete runway was on reclaimed land in Tide Cove with related buildings spaced at three levels up the hillside and linked by a concrete road. Up until 1957 the Army Aviation Unit was purely an RAF unit. Thereafter, pilots were gradually drawn from all arms of the Army, but the RAF’s technical ground-crew remained insitu, and the Adjutant was also an RAF officer. In September 1958 the Army’s Royal Mechanical & Electrical Engineers had trained sufficient personnel to assume responsibility for the aircraft’s day to day servicing. In September 1962 Typhoon Wanda flattened the site wrecking several aircraft. What remained of the AOP Flight then moved to Kai Tak. It appears that the site continued to be designated RAF Shatin until it closed in 1962. If the army had a different title for the site, it would of interest to know what this was.
 http://www.weather.gov.hk/informtc/no10/wanda/fa19.htm
 http://www.weather.gov.hk/informtc/no10/wanda/fb29.htm

Not much information has been available for this RAF site but it is covered in this 1954 article here
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1954/1954%20-%201569.html
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1954/1954%20-%201572.html

Location & dates from Wikipedia.

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There are some more photos of RAF Shatin at:

http://industrialhistoryhk.org/sha-tin-airfield/