• Short Summary

    IN THE SOUTHERN SWEDISH TOWN OF MALMO, AN AIRCRAFT FACTORY IS PRODUCING SINGLE SEATER AIRCRAFT WHICH HAVE REPUTEDLY BEEN USED BY THE BIAFRAN AIR FORCE.

  • Description

    IN THE SOUTHERN SWEDISH TOWN OF MALMO, AN AIRCRAFT FACTORY IS PRODUCING SINGLE SEATER AIRCRAFT WHICH HAVE REPUTEDLY BEEN USED BY THE BIAFRAN AIR FORCE. THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE SWEDISH PRESS IN THE WAKE OF NIGERIAN REPORTS OF NEW ACTIVITY BY THE BIAFRAN AIR FORCE, LONG CONSIDERED TO HAVE BEEN ANNIHILATED.

    A SURPRISE BIAFRAN AIR RAID ON OIL INSTALLATIONS AT PORT HARCOURT LED TO FIRE IN THE REFINERY AND THE DESTRUCTION OF TWO NIGERIAN AIR FORCE FIGHTERS AND A BOMBER ACCORDING TO THE BIAFRAN MINISTRY OF DEFENCE. THIS RAID WAS FOLLOWED BY AN ATTACK ON BENIN AIRPORT, WHEN A NIGERIAN MIG FIGHTER WAS DESTROYED.

    BIAFRA'S AIR FORCE, CONSISTING OF A COUPLE OF AGEING WORLD WAR II BOMBERS, HAD VIRTUALLY CEASED TO EXIST SOME MONTHS AGO, AND IN THE INTERIM PERIOD, NIGERIAN AERIAL SUPREMACY HAS RESULTED IN CLAIMS BY BIAFRA OF INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING AND STRAFING AGAINST HOSPITALS AND MARKET PLACES.

    THE RE-APPEARANCE OF BIAFRAN AIR POWER HAS APPARENTLY STEMMED FROM A SCHEME OF EQUIPPING SINGLE SEAT SPORTS AIRCRAFT WITH ROCKETS. THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE AIRCRAFT, BUILT IN MALMO, ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN EXPORTED FROM SWEDEN IN PARTS TO THE ORDER OF A FRENCH COMPANY.

    ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS THE MF1 9B AIRCRAFT WERE APPARENTLY TAKEN TO A MILITARY BASE OUTSIDE PARIS WHERE TECHNICIANS FITTED ROCKET LAUNCHERS TO THEM. FROM THERE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO LIBREVILLE IN GABON. GABON IS ONE OF FOUR AFRICAN STATES WHICH HAS RECOGNISED BIAFRA.

    SWEDISH PILOTS, SAY THE REPORTS, WERE RECRUITED TO FLY THEM, AND THEIR "GRASS-HOPPER" RAIDS ON PORT HARCOURT AND BENIN WERE FLOWN FROM SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED JUNGLE LANDING STRIPS.

    THE MAN BEHIND THE WHOLE SCHEME IS NAMED AS SWEDISH COUNT CARL GUSTAF VON ROSEN. THE COUNT HAS A LONG ASSOCIATION WITH THE AIR FORCES OF MINOR POWERS AND RESISTANCE GROUPS, INCLUDING ETHIOPIAN GUERRILLAS FIGHTING AGAINST THE ITALIANS. IT WAS COUNT VON ROSEN WHO FIRST FLEW RELIEF SUPPLIES INTO BIAFRA EARLIER THIS YEAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6YMC35DS1RNA5QB1X7U3OML6V
    Media URN:
    VLVA6YMC35DS1RNA5QB1X7U3OML6V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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