• Short Summary

    COMMONWEALTH TROOPS DEFENDING THE 900-MILE FRONTIER OF MALAYSIAN SARAWAK AGAINST INDONESIAN INCURSIONS ARE ENTIRELY DEPENDENT FOR THEIR SUPPLIES ON 3 ARMY AIR SUPPLY ORGANISATION.

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    COMMONWEALTH TROOPS DEFENDING THE 900-MILE FRONTIER OF MALAYSIAN SARAWAK AGAINST INDONESIAN INCURSIONS ARE ENTIRELY DEPENDENT FOR THEIR SUPPLIES ON 3 ARMY AIR SUPPLY ORGANISATION. IN THE PAST MONTH, THE MEN OF THE ORGANISATION HAVE DROPPED ONE AND A HALF MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD AND STORES TO BRITISH, AUSTRALIAN AND MALAYSIAN TROOPS MANNING FORTIFIED OUTPOSTS ALONG THE SARAWAK-INDONESIAN BORDER.

    THE ORGANISATION USES VALETTA AIRCRAFT FOR THESE MISSIONS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, INDONESIAN INFILTRATORS LURKING IN THE JUNGLE HAD TAKEN POT SHOTS AT THE LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT WITH THEIR RIFLES BUT NO SERIOUS DAMAGE WAS INFLICTED.

    SINCE MOST OF THE OUTPOSTS ARE LOCATED IN DENSE JUNGLE AND NOT FAR AWAY FROM THE INDONESIAN FRONTIER, AIR DROPPING SUPPLIES HAS BECOME A JOB FOR THE EXPERTS......BECAUSE ONE SLIGHT MISTAKE MEANS FREE SUPPLIES FOR THE ENEMY.

    MEANWHILE, ONE HELICOPTER OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE IS RUNNING A REGULAR SERVICE TO THE TANJONG PO LIGHTHOUSE, ON THE NORTHWEST COAST OF MALAYSIAN SARAWAK. IT BRINGS THE MUCH-LOOKED FORWARD MAIL FROM HOME AND READING MATERIALS TO A GROUP OF ROYAL NAVY WIRELESS OPERATIONS STATIONED HERE.

    THIS LIGHTHOUSE WAS PREVIOUSLY SERVICED BY SEA, BUT ROUGH WEATHER IN THE MONSOON SEASON PREVENTED SHIPS FROM LANDING MEN AND SUPPLIES ON THE ROCKY CLIFFS BELOW.

    WITH ONLY INCHES TO SPARE, THE HELICOPTER HAS TO LAND ON A TINY LANDING PAD ON A RAZOR-BACKED RIDGE, 500 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. ONLY ABOUT 12 INCHES AT EACH END LIE BETWEEN THE WHEELS AND SHEER DROP TO THE OCEAN BELOW. NAVY WIRELESS OPERATORS LOOK AFTER THE LIGHTHOUSE WHICH RELAYS MESSAGE FROM MINESWEEPERS ON PATROL ALONG THE SARAWAK COAST, ON THE LOOK OUT FOR INDONESIAN INFILTRATORS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2GQSK4QU3SHLBLHN0X6FQQURF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GQSK4QU3SHLBLHN0X6FQQURF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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