Sabres attacked jungle camps in Malaya

After two RAAF squadrons of Sabre jet fighters arrived at Butterworth Air Base to join the British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve––No 3 in October 1958, and No 77 in February 1959––both units were used on an Operation Firedog mission on this day. Twelve aircraft, six from each squadron, strafed two jungle camps near Bentong in Northern Pahang after these had first been bombed by RAAF, RAF and RNZAF Canberras. No results were observed from these attacks. Several other missions were flown before a formal end to the Malayan Emergency was declared on 31 July 1960. These were the last operational missions flown by RAAF fighter aircraft for more than 40 years.

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