• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) WITHDREW ITS LAST TWO GIANT C-130 TRANSPORT PLANES FROM LEOPOLDVILLE, IN THE CONGO.

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    THE UNITED STATES YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) WITHDREW ITS LAST TWO GIANT C-130 TRANSPORT PLANES FROM LEOPOLDVILLE, IN THE CONGO. FOR ALMOST ONE YEAR THE AIRCRAFT WERE PART OF GROUP OF FOUR PLANES WHICH WERE SENT IN AUGUST 1964 TO HELP THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CONGOLESE INSURGENTS.

    TO MARK THE END OF THE OPERATION, M. TSHOMBE, THE CONGO'S PRIME MINISTER, AND MR. GODLEY, THE U.S. AMBASSADOR, MADE A FLIGHT OVER THE LEOPOLDVILLE AIRFIELD FROM WHERE THE AMERICAN GROUP HAD OPERATED. AFTERWARDS, THERE WAS A BRIEF CEREMONY AT WHICH MR. GODLEY EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR THE WORK DONE BY THE FLIERS.

    DURING THEIR TOUR OF OPERATIONS, THE JOINT TASK FORCE TOOK PART IN THE BELGIAN PARATROOP DROP ON STANLEYVILLE AND PAULIS LAST NOVEMBER, AND AFTERWARDS FLEW OUT 1500 CIVILIANS FROM THE TWO CAPTURED TOWNS. THEIR LAST TASK WAS TO SUPPLY A COMBINED MERCENARY-CONGO ARMY FORCE BUILT UP FOR A FINAL ASSAULT ON THE REBELS IN KIVU PROVINCE.

    AMERICA'S DECISION TO END THE OPERATION WAS BASED ON THE VIEW THAT THE REBELLION WAS NOW OVER AND THAT GOVERNMENT FORCES COULD BE SUPPLIED BY THE ROAD AND RAIL LINKS OPEN TO THE NORTH-EAST OF THE CONGO. THE AGREEMENT BY WHICH THE UNITED STATES WILL MAINTAIN TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND THE SUPPLY OF TRAINING AIRCRAFT TO THE CONGOLESE AIR FORCE REMAINS IN FORCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3OS4FKYRB76ZTNVYWTC1P3ONQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3OS4FKYRB76ZTNVYWTC1P3ONQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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