Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)
Caribous
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Updated September 4, 2010
The Royal Malaysian Air Force received 18 new DHC-4A aircraft starting in 1966 and ending in 1973. They were assigned to the 1st and 8th Squadrons  The RMAF Caribous were withdrawn from service September, 2000. They were replaced by CN 235 from Indonesia.

 
C/N
Year
Tail #
Tail
Renumbers
Status
245
1966
FM1100
FM1401
M21- 01
- Departed Canada 4/26/66 arrived Kuala Lumpur 5/15/66
- Assigned to the 8th SQN. at Labuan RMAF Base, 9/66
- In storage at Kuching Base, Sarawak as of 9/15/00 awaiting buyers
246
1966
FM1101

M21-02

- Departed Canada 4/26/66 arrived Kuala Lumpur 5/15/66
- Assigned to the 8th SQN. at Labuan RMAF Base, 9/66
- Crash at Meligan airstrip in Sabah on 1/12/67 - written off
- Labuan Base (use for fire training)
247
1966
FM1102
FM1402
M21- 03
- Departed Canada 4/26/66 arrived Kuala Lumpur 5/15/66
- Assigned to the 8th SQN. at Labuan RMAF Base, 9/66
- In storage at Kuching Base, Sarawak as of 9/15/00 awaiting buyers
248
1966
FM1103
FM1403
M21- 04
- Departed Canada 4/26/66 arrived Kuala Lumpur 5/15/66
- Assigned to the 8th SQN. at Labuan RMAF Base, 9/66
- On display at RMAF Museum, Kuala Lumpur
270
1969
FM1104
FM1404
M21- 05
- Arrived Kuala Lumpur 5/3/69
- Crashed 5/24/99  crashed during regular training flight on approach into a  swampy area at the end of the runway at Kunching (5 killed)
273
1969
FM1105
FM1405
M21- 06
- Arrived Kuala Lumpur 5/3/69
- In storage at Kuching Base, Sarawak as of 9/15/00 awaiting buyers
274
1969
FM1106
FM1406
M21- 07
- Arrived Kuala Lumpur 5/3/69
- In storage at Kuching Base, Sarawak as of 9/15/00 awaiting buyers
276
1969
FM1107
FM1407
M21- 08
- Arrived Kuala Lumpur 7/4/69
- In storage at Kuching Base, Sarawak as of 9/15/00 awaiting buyers
277
1969
FM1108
FM1408
M21- 09
- Arrived Kuala Lumpur 7/4/69
- Labuan Base (used for fire training)
278
1969
FM1109

M21-10

- Arrived Kuala Lumpur 7/4/69
- Ditch into sea at Cowie Bay, Sabah 3/30/70 - written off
- In storage at Labuan Base, as of 9/15/00
279
1969
FM1110
FM1409
M21-11
- Departed Canada 8/5/69 arrived Kuala Lumpur 8/22/66
- In storage at Kuching Base, Sarawak as of 9/15/00 awaiting buyers
280
1969
FM1111
FM1410
M21-12
- Departed Canada 8/5/69 arrived Kuala Lumpur 8/22/66
- Crashed Simanggang on 11/29/80 - written off
- RMAF College at Alor Setar Base (engineering training)
281
1969
FM1112
FM1411
M21-13
- Departed Canada 8/5/69 arrived Kuala Lumpur 8/22/66
- Assigned to 1 SQN
- Ditched in the water near Labuan 7/31/95
- In storage at Labuan Base, as of 9/15/00
296
 
FM1113
FM1412
M21-14
 
304
 
FM1114
FM1413
M21-15
- In storage at Kuching Base, Sarawak as of 9/15/00 awaiting buyers
305
 
FM1115
FM1414
M21-16
- Crashed Cameron Highland on 9/24/82.
306
 
FM1116
FM1415
M21-17
- Crashed Kampung Attap on 9/24/82 - written off 
307
1973
FM1117
FM1416
M21-18
- Last Caribou built

- Received 1/30/73

-Damaged beyond repair

 


 
 
RMAF Caribou Squadrons 
 
1st Squadron: Established on April 17, 1958 with Twin Pioneer at Sungei Besi RAF Base, Kuala Lumpur under RAF establishment. On June 1, 1958 the Royal Malaysian Air Force was established and the base was handed over officially to RMAF on October 25, 1960. 1st Sqn was deactivated in 1992 and all personnel and Bous were moved to Labuan RMAF Base to join the 8th Sqn. In Sept 1993 the 8th was renamed 1st Sqn or (1st Sqn was reactivated from 8th Sqn thus leaving 8th Sqn as phantom sqn). In 1996 this sqn was moved to Kuching RMAF Base until now. It doesn’t have aircraft at the moment pending the arrival of CN 235. Thanks to Major Kieron - RMAF
8th Squadron:  Established on March 1, 1966 at RMAF Base Kuala Lumpur with 4 Twin Pioneer. It is the first user of Caribou aircraft . The planning started in early February, 1966 when 4 officers were sent to RCAF Station, Trenton, Canada to do the conversion on Caribou.  Thanks to Mohd Faizul Abdullah, who serviced in the 8th Squadron patch.

After completion they flew the first batch of the first four Caribous (gift from Canadian Govt.) from RCAF Station, Trenton, Canada on April 26, 1966 (took 19 days) and arrived on midday May 15, 1966. The route taken was : Trenton - Goose Bay - Keflavik - London - Pisa - Athens-Beirut - Bahrain - Bombay - Culcutta - Butterworth - Kuala Lumpur. After fully operational in Sept 1966, it was moved to Labuan RMAF Base. The rest of the Bou came in batches later on from Canada.


 
(Click on to enlarge the photos)

 
No.8 Sqn Caribous celebrating its 15th Anniversary on March 1, 1981 
                                                 (Mohd Faizul Abdullah)

 


<<< M21- 01(c/n # 245) was the first to arrive in the Royal Malaysian Air Force inventory in 1966. It had gone through communist insurgency and lastly, cloud seeding through the haze which covered Borneo in 1997 (visibility drops to 100 feet, they flew like bats in daytime). (Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)

<<< FM1103 (c/n # 248) May - 1967 at Singapore (Norm Taylor)
>>> M21- 03 (c/n # 247) close up at Kuching. (Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)
<<< 7 RMAF Caribous stored at Kuching, Sarawak on 9/15/00.  (Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)
>>> M21-06 (c/n # 273) stored at Kuching Base without engines. (Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)
<<< M21-07 (c/n # 274) stored at Kuching Base.  (Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)
>>> M21-08 (c/n # 276) stored at Kuching Base without engines. (Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)
M21-11 (c/n # 279) stored at Kuching Base. 
(Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)
<<< M21-15 (c/n # 304) stored at Kuching Base.  (Capt.Kalam bin Pie (RMAF)


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