RAF Noblefield was located just off the Kuala Lumpur Northern ring road. As can be seen in the photograph below it was a small non descript airfield little known in the wider Royal Air Force. Non the less it was the Head Quarters of number 656 Squadron which operated Auster AOP Mk 9 aircraft in the "Recce Liaison" role. The Squadron was made up of several semi autonomous flights, each with their own area of responsibility located between Singapore and the Thai border. Consisting of a mixture of Army and RAF personnel, the flights undertook a wide variety of tasks in support of ground forces during the Malayan "Emergency". Typical of those tasks was locating terrorist camps, target marking for rocket and bombing attacks, supplies and leaflet dropping and providing communications. The aircraft frequently operated from small jungle airstrips and rubber plantations. During the period of the Malayan Emergency 656 Squadron Austers flew over 150,000 hours. More than any other squadron involved in the Emergency.