No. 90 (Composite) Wing was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) wing
that operated during the early years of the Malayan Emergency. Its
purpose was to serve as an overarching organisation for the RAAF units
deployed in the conflict, No. 1 (Bomber) Squadron, flying Avro
Lincolns, and No. 38 (Transport) Squadron, flying Douglas C-47 Dakotas.
The wing was established on 10 July 1950 and headquartered at Changi, on
the east coast of Singapore. No. 1 Squadron operated from Tengah, in
Singapore’s west. No. 38 Squadron was based at Changi and, from April
1951 to February 1952, at Kuala Lumpur in central Malaya. The Lincolns
generally conducted area bombing missions, as well as precision strikes,
to harass communist insurgents. The Dakotas were tasked with airlifting
cargo, VIPs, troops and casualties, as well as courier flights and
supply drops. Following No. 38 Squadron’s departure in December 1952,
No. 90 Wing was disbanded, leaving No. 1 Squadron to carry on as the
sole RAAF unit in the campaign until its withdrawal to Australia in July
Today’s selected anniversaries:
English Civil War: The Parliamentarians destroyed the last
Royalist field army at the Battle of Langport, ultimately giving
Parliament control of the West of England.
Indian sepoys mutinied against the East India Company when they
broke into Vellore Fort and killed or injured 200 British troops.
One day after a truce between the Irish Republican Army and
British forces, violence between Catholics and Protestants in Belfast
resulted in sixteen dead.
The Holocaust: A group of non-Jewish ethnic Poles from around
the nearby area murdered hundreds of Jewish residents of Jedwabne in
occupied Poland (memorial pictured).
The British tabloid newspaper News of the World published its
last edition before closing due to allegations that it hacked the
voicemails of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, victims of the 7/7
attacks and relatives of deceased British soldiers.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. Showy, bold or audacious in behaviour, appearance, etc.
2. (architecture) Referring to the final stage of French Gothic
architecture from the 14th to the 16th centuries.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
People are curious. A few people are. They will be driven to find
things out, even trivial things. They will put things together, knowing
all along that they may be mistaken. You see them going around with
notebooks, scraping the dirt off gravestones, reading microfilm, just in
the hope of seeing this trickle in time, making a connection, rescuing
one thing from the rubbish.
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