Kill them all! Have no scruples! Men, women, children-kill them all! Colonel Joseph Opepe, who had befriended some of the hostages, tried in vain to stop the Simbas from carrying out the orders screamed over the radios. Many of the Simbas were drunk from a mixture of alcohol and hemp. Whoever gave the word, the rebels suddenly started firing into the assembled hostages with rifles and automatic weapons. The firing was not random-the rebels deliberately chose women and children as their first targets.
One of those who fell was Dr. Paul Carlson, shot as he tried to run to safety. After an initial volley, the rebels temporarily ceased firing. Round the corner of the square walked a single Belgian paratrooper, submachine gun on his hip. What the Belgians found in Sergeant Kitele Avenue was not a pretty sight. About 30 whites had been killed, while dozens of others were wounded. Two Americans were among the slain: Dr. Carlson and Phyliss Rine, a missionary from Ohio. The sight of the bloodshed left the Belgians angered, as would be the white mercenaries who came into the city a few hours later, spearheading a ground assault from the east.
For the remainder of the afternoon, it was open season on Simbas in Stanleyville as the rebels paid in blood for their folly. Back at the airport, the situation was still far from calm. More than rebels occupied positions near the runway.
As many hostages were freed, they were returned to the airport for evacuation. The first group arrived at the airport around and was loaded aboard the two waiting Cs. The most badly wounded were loaded on Dragon Twelve, the hospital plane. Many of the hostages were wounded, while all were terrified and in a state of shock. As he taxied for takeoff, the plane passed by a clump of elephant grass. Three Simbas leaped from the grass and ran alongside the plane, trying to force their way inside, although nobody aboard it was aware of it at the time. One of the rebels fired a burst from his submachine gun straight up into the wing.
Secord took off with fuel streaming from the wing and headed for Leopoldville, where he landed with no flaps, no prop-reverse and on only three engines. Although the Belgians spoke English, they were not used to speaking with rapid-talking Americans, many of whom were Southerners with distinct accents. To eliminate possible confusion, Colonel Laurent asked Captain Strobaugh and Sergeant Dias to take charge of communications with the American aircrewmen and radio operators. With the airport secure and the freed hostages beginning to make their way there, Strobaugh requested an airlift to take them out, along with air support for the strike forces.
Several airplanes landed with bullet holes received while on landing approach. Periodically throughout the day, Strobaugh had to direct aircraft to orbit nearby while the Belgians repulsed attacks on the airport. As the last C of the day landed at Z, impacting mortar rounds signaled the start of a man rebel assault on the west end of the airport. The Belgians repulsed five separate attacks as the airplane landed on the east end of the runway.
Thirty minutes later, a Belgian DC-6 came in with a damaged engine that forced it to remain on the ground overnight. Rebel opposition continued in the vicinity of the Stanleyville airport on November 25 as snipers took potshots at Belgian and Congolese national troops. Early that morning, sniper fire killed one of the Belgian officers from the stranded DC On the 26th, the evacuation of whites and some Congolese from the city resumed.
Over the two-day period 41 sorties by the American Cs and Belgian DC-6s brought out more than 1, American and European whites, as well as some Congolese. Late in the evening, seven Cs flew into Stanleyville to pick up troops for another rescue mission to the town of Paulis, miles to the northwest.
Arriving over Paulis at daybreak, the crews found their objective enshrouded in fog. The Belgians jumped anyway, making their descent into mist that obscured the ground. Every trooper landed on the designated drop zone. As soon as the fog lifted, the Cs began landing on the dirt runway, their propellers stirring up a thick red cloud of dist as the pilots brought them into reverse after touchdown.
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The scene was one that would be repeated by many of those some crews in the same planes in Vietnam, where American involvement was starting to escalate. At Paulis, the paratroopers found the condition of the hostages to be as bad as-or worse than-at Stanleyville. An American missionary had been systematically tortured and beaten until death mercifully brought relief. Meanwhile, back at Stanleyville, the Belgians and mercenaries who made their way into the city shortly after the parachute assault found more white victims.
A missionary family from New Zealand was brought to the airport. The father had been slain, the mother cut with machetes, while the two young daughters had scalp wounds inflicted by the Simbas. Only the two sons were spared injury. Such senseless carnage caused the mercenaries and even the well-disciplined Belgian paratroopers to lose their restraint. Most rebels they encountered were slain on the spot. On the evening of the 27th, the last Belgian troopers were withdrawn from Stanleyville and flown to Kamina to begin the first leg of their journey home.
Their departure was somewhat premature, largely due to a huge outcry of discontent in the Third World over Belgian and American intervention in Africa, as demonstrators made their feelings known. Sometimes the demonstrations got out of hand, as in Cairo, Egypt, where the new John F. Kennedy library was burned to the ground in protest over the white presence in Africa. A well-organized propaganda effort in Communist and Third World nations placed the blame for the atrocities in Stanleyville on American and Belgian shoulders.
Some nations, including China, pledged aid to the Congo rebels. But even though the fighting in the Congo would continue for several months, with many white still to be slain by the rebels, Operation Dragon Rouge was over. On the morning of November 29, the rescue force departed Africa for Ascension. There the rescuers were welcomed home by several hundred high-ranking officers, news reporters, television camera crews and relatives. After the ceremony, the Americans were taken on a tour of the city. Later, the American crewmen would all be awarded Air Medals for their role in the mission, while the McKay Trophy, an annual award for the most meritorious flight of the year by U.
Air Force planes, would be awarded to the Dragon Rouge force. For the American and Belgian military personnel involved in Dragon Rouge, the operation was one that all would remember with pride. Even thought the rescue was not without cost to the Belgians, the mission had been an overall success, resulting in the release of hundreds of hostages who doubtless would have been killed had it not occurred.
For further reading, try Save the Hostages! For more great articles be sure to subscribe to Military History magazine today! My father was a military motion picture photographer assigned to accompany the bperation to rescue the hostages. I have been trying to find it again. My fater is 83 years old now and has never seen the film himself. But the stories he told were hair-raising.
If you know or can find out how to get a copy of this newsreel piece, please let me know. I am member of a group of these who survived Stanleyville …I was there too as a member of the Ommegang and low beam operation. Sir: as a Belgian -American who grew up as a teenager in the congo it is with great pride I read about this Operation, my father was the chief engineer of the belgian airline in nyc and in the congo. The lesson learned here is that indepedence for the Congo should have been a 30 year process, as a matter of fact I had the opportunity to talk with the last Colonial governor of the belgian congo on a flight to leopoldville back in and he agreed with me.
Excellent article. I was one of the 48 paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne PIR that was assigned to this operation in August of The Americans in the C AC took along more than just equipment and paratroopers! The scene at the airport was gruesome at best. As the hostages were returned many of the first ones were wounded and not just with firearms. None did! It was quite an experience and one that began the annealing process for a 30 year career as an AF Security Professional.
I was one of those invisible aircraft protection speciaslists. Hebert I was one of the ground service personel at Leopoldville. I was told to servich my plane with 40 thousand lbs of JP4. I did not like the smell of the fuel we were using; so I opened all the valves an made a slow down count from ten. When my plane returned, 4 engine shut down due to fuel starvation. I was told this by one of your professional specialists. Will you confirm this.
The only people on the Plane were 1 black woman,two specialists and the crew. I am 66 yeras old and was a corporal in the Belgian Para commandos and took part in the operation. If somebody has some fotos or film please e. I was 8yrs old then and at present I live in London UK. If any one knows how I can get a print of the News Reel! Your help will be greatly appreciated.
You can e-mail me on: kantipatel btinternet. Sure that I met you there at that time…I was 19 and …it was a hell overthere I am glad that you were still alive when we came trough the sky as flying dragons…my heart is still bleeding about what happened there.. I would also all that were involved in rescuing our family during this upheaval. It has been so interesting finding information on the internet about all of this. I was one and a half at this time and my pictures was taken with a Belgian paratrooper and put on the cover of Paris Match magazine. I am glad that you survived in these dark of the sun days.
I remember that a lot of pictures were taken of me … in Stanleyville aswell as in Leopoldville … the pic you are talking about could be me … coz I was designed to take care about the rescued children … but I dont think I have that pic …. If you do find any information please email me at hazelman live. Think the Jonny Bradbury you speak of was the Jonny I knew. I wish I could contact him because we became good friends.
We went down into this town on a dirt road and he was running mph hitting two feet deep ditches. I will never understand how that VW stayed together. Anybody remember him? I was in the Congo in thru March of The time that I was there was chaotic and cruel. If you want to learn more, go to Leavenworth Papers Number 14 and search. This is a great credible site, as it was researched thru the Combat Studies Institute. There is more to the story than this site reveals, but this is a good site for understanding. My mother,my 2 brothers and I took the very last plane a Dc 3 just the evening before Stanleyville was taken.
He managed to have Mobil Oil,the americans and some others to have a plane flown to take as many people as possible out of Stanley as he understood that it would be the last one to fly out. Upon his arrival ,he called my mother to have us being ready to leave. We got pick up and we were put in that plane with 3 others,the rest were congoleses. My father had told my mother that he was coming the next day. That did not happened until Operation Dragon Rouge came,thank to them. My father spent the next months there and had the Belgium consulate Patrick Nothomb under his wing as being a french citizen at the time was less dangerous than being a belgium or american,further more he was able to circulate in town and help with the food distribution.
Now for what I understood my father help the belgium troops to reach simba armed positions as the military maps were not very accurate. For all that,my father was the recipient of one the highest belgium decoration the Order of Leopold 2. Thank for all those troops my father came back and many others as well and Iam greatfull for that.
My husband henry williams was part of the rescue team that came in on a DC3. So I read with interest your story of leaving on the last plane — a DC3. Can you tell me anything about this — do you remember any of the people involved? He was with East Africian Airways at the time and I remember him saying they packed a DC3 with people during that time..
Sadly my husband passed away a few months ago and I am trying to collect stories about him for our children and grandchildren. Kind Regards Elizabeth Williams. I learned the day after he died that he was in the U. A few months after he died, I determined that he was involved in Operation Dragon Rouge.
I determined this based on the stories he told my Mom. Basically all I know is that my Dad, Michael Albert Mike Haffner was one of five Jeep drivers assigned to get people out of hostile territory. He rarely talked about his experiences in the Army to anyone, especially his Special Forces training. I was the maint. And just what were you doing, sitting on the bunk? There were two loadmasters on that airplane who were taking care of things in the back. By the way, I knew you when I was in the th OMS and later after I crosstrained to loadmaster and went to the th.
Operation Red and Black Dragon in Stanleyville: I grow up in Katanga and after the secession I becaume a member of the 4thcomkat in In we had a joint operation…Belgian paratroopers and the Katangees Tigers 4thComKat target Stanleyville and the liberation of 3, hostages. I knew most of the Belgian paratroopers and actualy they have a own site. Was on covert operation with2nd Bat. Anyone that might have been in that Batalion with me would like to hear from or anyone that was in Leopoldville or thereabouts, during that timeframe and served with operation Leo, please contact me. I may have saved your neck.
I put extra fuel on my airplane for the first mission. I did not like the smell of the fuel; So I put extra fuel on board. When my airplane returned one of the engines shut down due to fuel starvation in the fuel pits. Reguards TJY. I was a ground crew member of C I was in the Congo during that time. Please reply. Regards TJY. We landed on one of those dirt strips. I threw up the troop doors and one of you guys almost shot a friendly who had his head poked out of the high grass on the side of the air strip.
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I believe my father may have been there. His name is John Zapata, he was part of 82nd Airborne and served in the Congo at that time on a covert operation. If that name sounds familiar to anyone, please let me know! My father was also in operation dragon rouge with the sf. It is possible they were in the same team. If you want to contact me at latonhillpastor millry. This was an outstanding article. Hebert and Norman P. Page — with some follow up questions.
Thurlow, tlow52 hotmail. My grandfather Louis was murdered on the 24 th in Stanleyville. He was a hostage. Could someone email me some photos or footage of the rescue? Yes that was a long time ago,I was a member of 5 codo,joined in Joburg,flew to Kamina base did same training,flew on board a C with NO markings….
I am prepared to conrrespond with genuine ex figthers,not bullshiters, Cherrs Manny. Bom dias Manuel, Al Venter here. I am working on the Congo operation for a book and would like to talk to you, however briefly. Can you please contacrt me at venter. Ive been trying to do research for my dad who was in 5 Commando at that time. He has wanted to correspond with anyone from that time..
Johannes Albertus Britz aka Abie…would realy appreciate it if you could contact me.. You just might be the man that can assist me did you know my father Frederick Alan Gibson may have been called Geordie or Flash. Recruited in Salisbury? Dear Manny, I know this is a long time since you posted your comment in February , but did you know of my father Alan Gibson Gibby , who was British but lived in Rhodesia too?
And was with 5th Codo also? I was a personal friend of John for many years working across the world in the Offshore Navigation Industry from to when he had a terminal cardiac arrest at Dallas airport on Jan I can Most probably get a copy of some photographs from his third wife Joan no. There are many old 5 commando troopers still in contact. James D. Even in his last few days he was still talking about his work in the 5th commando.
Harry James passed away at the age of 85 years old. To anyone who wishes to attend his funeral it will be a celebration of life located in Okotoks, Alberta Canada Friday August 8th should anyone have any questions feel free to email me. Hello harry.. Thank you for posting this piece of history.
I was cryptographer on Talking Bird working the encryption and decryption of messages from State Dept and our aircraft in Ascention and on the ground at Kamina and I can tell you both our equipment and our fingers were worn out by the time we handled all the Flash messages.. Alot of heros that morning with the air drop into Stanleyville and alot of memories that still keep us awake at night even after all these years.. Clyde: I found a bunch of crystals on the floor of my airplane about the time the radios went down as spoken of in the Leavenworth Papers I returned the crystals to the Belgians.
I was told latter that I had the future of the Congo in my hands. This happened at Leopoldville. Can you conferm this Tom Young. Terry in reference to John Peters no he passed away Jan at Dallas Airport suffering a massive heart attack I was a personal friend of John for many years. Johns ashes were scattered in the Gulf John use to get seasick by Joan. If you have any information that your willing to share about family etc please make contact via my email neilwww1 gmail.
He had been dead many year then — his daughter was still young when he died, and she was raised by Peters CIA handler in Ocala, Florida. She had lost contact with her biological mother, but was in contact with Peters 2nd wife, who lives in Perth, Australia I believe his first wife is also in Australia. She subsequently got back in touch with her mother. She was Peters only child. She is now married with a family. I also knew Peters first wife your girl Friends mother presumably. Anyway thanks for coming back to me Best regards Terry Peet. His first wife was in fact South African, to whom he had 2 children with.
Both of these children are in their 50s now and are living in the Midlands, UK. At the time I was the only New Zealander. Would appreciate any contact address for him. Am also a New Zealander who was there. Now live in Johannesburg. If you are still around I would like to have a chat. Hello i would really appreciate it if you had any further information into John Peters life. I was one of the few from A company 1st If I remember right they only sent 5 out out each company of the 1st and 2nd It was a mess, but I was with some of those bel.
I also love the cuban flyers that gave support.. If you respond maybe somethings you remember would bring some of mine back, no that I want to think about this shit.. Buy if it helps you in any way we can shoot the shit about it…. Airborne,,All the way. During the 18 year mission to bring him home, I became close the the Cuban-American community and continue to be a major part of my life. I would very much like to learn about your experience with them in Operation Dragon Rouge.
The letter has no contact information and we were wondering if you could help us find his email or postal address. I was one of the BK pilots flying into Stanleyville ahead of the C Our mission was to suppress anti aircraft guns positioned at the field. Thanks for your words.
Best, Reginaldo Blanco. It will be nice to see that reel about the BK at Kamira. I flew in many ocassions,. Hi Sandy, are you a relation or friend of Eric Bacon? Some years ago I traded a pack of photos of the Congo from him, he told me they came from you. Many thanks, partner iafrica. I have some pictures I would like to exchange with someone. Airborne Gary. I am a retired soldier currently researching for a book on the military operations in the Congo during this period. I am looking for photographs of Operation Dragon Rouge and Noire as well as other military operations. I would be most grateful if you could sympathetically consider this request for high resolution kb to 1Mb copies of your photos.
I will give the necessary credit in the book and provide you with a signed copy of the publication once it is published. I knew your father very well. I grow up in Katanga and participated on the operation Red and Black Dragon. I was a 3 stars captain in the Katangees army and I took a long time care about the protection of the family of general Muke, chief commander of the Katangees Army. I knew also very well two collegues of your father…commanders Jean Schramme and Bob Denard.
If you want to contact me my email is rosez. I have been researching the US military involvement in the Congo for many years and would very much like to get in touch with you. Please contact me at. I was friends with a merc called Jimmy Duggan, who fought in Katanga etc. Small muscular man, blond hair, always running everywhere. Had a bit of a temper and spoke several languages, including some African dialects. Know Freddie, too, but he refuses to talk to me.
Would love to find out details, photos etc. Anyone wanting to read the book can have a free copy, I can send it as a file via the www. I lived in Katanga form to I was asked by a CIA crew to join the Katangese Tigers to participate on the biggest rescue operation ever in military history. We helped to liberate 3, US , EU and others hostages out of the hands of rebels. The whole world called us mercenaries, but most of us were born in Africa or came very young to Africa, living there as in a new homeland.
I joint the operation with the only purpose to be a withness of it and to be a guide and translator, because I knew the rebels languages. I never had a waepon in my hands during the operation.. He said while he was in the the Rhodesian Army Reserve he and others moonlighted with the 4th Commando and that he knew Mike Hoare. I had the moonlighting bit confirmed by an ex member of the British South African Police last year as being something that was definitely done but until I saw the above post by Viciwanja to be honest, I thought my uncle was embellishing things about being with Mike Hoare.
All interesting stuff. I remember that I have given some katangees uniforms to a good friend of mine in Northern-Rodhesia. I was one of the fameous Tigers 4thcomkat in that time. His name was Robert Stell, a police officer, could that be your uncle? If he is, I just can tell you that he wad my best friend in that time.
If you want a contact with me my email is rosez. Hi Gary — is it possible to send me a pic of that 4th commando shield of Katanga? I am a collector and researcher of Congo Mercenaries and would love to see a scan of the 4 Commando patch please. I met a 5cdo in Leopoldville who i made friends with.
We flew several flights into Bunia, Kamina, Stanleyville, and more. His last name was DeBayne not sure of spelling. If anyone knows him please contact me. I also met two mercs whose home was out of Ohio. I dont remember there names, but it facinated me that they were Americans who were mercs. If there are any other 2nd Infantry men out there, please contact me. According to records, we were never there. I still remember the small compond of barracks ust south of the airport.
Contact me if you can. Did you eat at the terminal. The French Fries where great.. I had drinks with the man in question at Trinidad. He urged me to reenlist and not stay a civilian and breed like flies. Tom Young. Film footage from Stanleyville is on the net. Thanks for your replies vis Mike Hoare and Peters My Biography will be out lat called Renegade Hero Not my choice of titles but there are some real heroes mentioned in the book Best wishes to all Afreaus.
Yes that was our name overthere…. My friend, Bert Hayes, was a flight Engineer on one of the C transports. He got to nipping the wine one evening and telling stories. He told me that when they landed, there was a shed of rifles along the edge of the runway and that the crew chief told them that if they could get off of the plane and back on before the hostages were ready, that they could take whatever weapons they wanted.
He brought out an old Springfield I will forever cherish the rifle. If anyone knew Bert, I would like to know. This story does not make sense. The crew chief was a ground crewmember who took care of the airplane when it was on the ground and had no control over anything. The pilot, the aircraft commander, was in command of the crew. I doubt if there was any kind of shed on the side of the runway — runways are as the name implies, a long strip for airplanes to make their takeoff run.
There was a lot of trading in weapons in the Congo but it was with the mercenaries. Crews from Pope also operated Operation LEO, which was an ongoing mission that started in mid and continued until August LEO crews supported the Congolese army and the mercs. It could be that I mis-understood or mis-remember some of what he was telling me. And I just had the shed pictured along the runway somewhere.
Jeff, drop me an Email at semcgowanjr aol. This story sounds more like a deal with some of the mercs. There was a lot of trading going back and forth between the C crews and the mercenaries. A lot of peope brought back weapons from the Congo. Actually, the flight engineer — they were called flight mechanics in — were the senior enlisted man on the crew. Normally a C crew consisted of two pilots, a navigator all officers a flight mechanic and a loadmaster. The 82nd Airborne had troops in Leopoldville who went out on missions to provide security for teh airplanes.
If so I would need to be granted the rights by the owner before any image can be published. I would of course assign proper credit. To provide a bit of background for me, I have worked with Osprey before, so if there are concerns about my credibility, etc. The same thing with Casemate Publishing. Any questions please ask. The book Renegade Hero is due out 16th June. Amazon is showing the cover right now if anyone is interested Old Congo hands will recognise some of the incidents Take care Terry Peet. American troop carier wings C Called Dragon Noire.. Jean and me wented back to civic live in August My beloved 1para Bon.
Bekkers Richard Thailand. Nice to hear your story Richard… in that time I was in the schoolcie at Flawinne as a candidate officer red beret …. Dag Richard ik woon nu in Spanje. Mein e. Five planes dropped at Stanleyville, and four at Paulis two days later. Kitchen was a lieutenant, not a captain. That runway was covered with metal drums, overturned vehicles, etc. As the planes approached the drop point, which had us heading down the runway as there was just enough light to barely see, a tremendous barrage of tracers from at least one.
Since it was still basically dark, it looked worse than what the guys in the Baghdad hotel saw at the start of Desert Storm, but by the time the last of the five CEs dropped, however, the fire had stopped, such that the last airplane with me in it took only one hit. Realize that a C has a wingspan of feet, we were feet above the ground, and we were doing only knots indicated the Belgian commander had negotiated our normal drop speed down five knots, which the AF commander should have resisted — making us sitting ducks. I was told later that the guns had been sighted for a thousand feet over the runway, which saved our hides because most of the fire went over us and most of the hits were in the wings.
Presumably the Simbas fired a long burst and then fled for their lives, which the Belgians summarily dealt with. We made a second pass eight minutes later it takes that long to make a in a C to each drop a jeep with a Browning machine mounted on it and its crew off the ramp. The ground fire at Paulis was not as intense. The Simbas were ready for us at Stanleyville, because the BBC announced while we were on the way to the target that negotiations had failed and military action was imminent.
The Belgian troops were serious young guys who we got along with very well. I swapped my AF cap for the maroon beret of the lieutenant in charge of the troops in my plane. At the party thrown for the troops and crews in Brussels, I accidentally learned that a mother attending the party found that her son had been killed. She had come expecting to welcome him back. She broke down when told. Also, on the way back from the drop, someone reporting to someone in DC probably the NSC , when they were told that the code books they had were out of date and useless, broadcast in the clear that the mission had been a success — a real no no.
The second most exciting part of the Stanleyville drop, after the tracer barrage, was the plane losing the generator powering the essential bus, which has the cockpit lighting on it. That meant everything was suddenly black inside the plane and with no lights outside for reference in darkest Africa. After about ten seconds the flight engineer and they were called flight engineers in switched the essential bus onto another generator and we tooled on with lights.
On the way back to Brussels with troops aboard, my crew refueled at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. As we made our approach in weather, the radio beacon on the beach failed to swing as we passed over it, and we could have crashed into mountains higher than our altitude a few miles west. As it happened, we broke out of the clouds with higher terrain several miles left and right of us. This was the closest to disaster. I beg to differ on what flight mechanics were called. The flight engineer term was not properly assigned to C flight mechanics until sometime around when a new Armed Forces Speciality Code was established for the field and all existing flight mechanics were awarded it to replace the X1F or engine shop AFSCs they carried.
I started out at Pope in OMS in then cross-trained to loadmaster and went to the th. From Pope I went to Naha and it was just before I left there that the flight mechanic was changed to flight engineer. I remember him well but can not come up with a name,will check files and find out. I was the pilot on an airland Had a whole in the right whick another crew member plugged with a broom handle.
That Col you speak of tried to make our crew pay for the meals we gave to the hostages on the way to Leopoleville. I am currently writing a military history of the Congo in the period and would be most interested in getting in touch with you if I may. You can contact me directly at leif leifhellstrom. Hi Mike. I hale from shakey Christchurch these days. Been here forty years now on and off. I used to work with John Peters, Jim Lassiter, Dave Gough and others in the outfit known as Labnav which was subsequent to the finish of the Congo operations.
You may also have known Jess Thompson who was the Labnav chief and technical guy. Who i was working with on airborne and marine seismic survey operations during the Labnav days. If you are interested my phone number is Christchurch I would really like to get in touch with Black Jack Erasmus again assuming some angry father or husband hasnt finally caught up with him.
Look forward to hearing from you……….. Best regards………Mike Michael Beech………. Dear Mr Beech. I gather you are looking for Mr Erasmus. You can contact me on jon webmail. I had family that was held hostage in Stanleyville. I wanted more information from people that were there first hand. The Cuban Exiles had to flee their homeland when Castro took power. They worked under the CIA in ground, navel and air divisions. The air division became know as Makasi. Janet J Ray wingsvalor aol. There were a group of Cuban exile pilots who flew in the Congo from including supporting the rescue operations.
You my reach me at wingsvalor aol. My dad took part in the Congo operation his name was TSgt. Livingston would like to hear any details. I have old copies of his TDY orders. I met Isaacon at a bar at Trinidad on our way to the Congo. I think I pissed him off. Contact me. View my shadow Box at airforce. If you would like to exchange more info, please contact me at fairbairncj gmail.
Merrill, if you are interested in corresponding with the most off people who survived Stanleyville please contact me on my email rosez. Is there anybody who knows the name of the Captain on the cover holding an american child in his arms named Beth. Here is the link of that magazine …. I dont know why and nobody is able to give us the name of that Captain. I hope I am able to find the person who was holding me in the picture!
I am wondering if we can upload pictures here. My father was on the first plane that took off that we now know had Simbas shooting at them. He was held at the hotel and was in the line up to be shot when you all came around that corner! What a blessing you arrived when you did! The name of that captain is Defreyne, he moved on to Stanleyville with the 5th brigade Ommegang of colonel Bem Vandewalle beause of this incedent ar november 21, …. He was replaced on the head of the logistical team by cpt Defreyne….
Actually I can not find out if the captain is still alive or were he ev lives … if anybody has more info plz let me know, or send a message to Beth Davis Taylor…. The full name is Alphonse J. Defreyne, Belgian serial There are half-a-dozen A. Dufreyne in the current Belgian phone book so perhaps he is one of them. His name was Frederick Alan Gibson. Im his son and am doing all i can to get any onfo on him. He was recruited in Rhodesia. Thanks Fred. I was with him when he was fataly wounded and died hours later. I sent his wallet and all the personal documents he had with him to his wife.
She was living in Australia, Perth I think. I believe this was indeed my dad to confirm this he died in would that be correct. I have loads of pictures he left and would want to pass them on to someone he new him during this time. For the last year I have been working on a history of the volunteers in the Congo from for a British publisher. I would be very interested in getting in touch with you regarding the photos and any documents you may have relating to the Congo. You can contact me direct at leif leifhellstrom.
I am a collector and research of the Congo Mercenaries and would be grateful if you could email me some scanned images. This was when he married my Grandmother. This also appears to be my great uncle. I am more than happy to share any information you have and extremely happy to find some new famliy members.
I have been attempting to find anyone who knew Frederick Alan Gibson, I am his son. On his first return to Rhodesia he brought with him a large stash of Photos and other documents that i have kept in my possession for all these years. I would want to donate this to the right sources but would not release this until I can get all the details about my Dad. I was in Rhodesia in and … I was living in Elisabethville in Katanga… Was your father also involved in the Katanga wars?
My email is rosez. Thank you for your response yes he was recruited in Rhodesia, but was originally from Newcastle. I have been researching and writing about the Congo for many years. He was killed sometime in late December, , or January, My cousin, michael Nicholson was on one of t CE crews. Does anyone remember nim? Greetings all, and to you especially Janet and Vicivanja, both of whom have a solid handle on some of those fascinating African events. Check it out on amazon. I consequently have a vested interested in African military history.
Airman 2c Mike Nicholson was a crew chief of one of the C s. While on the ground loading hostages on the aircraft the wing was hit by 50 Cal round and fuel was leaking out. Airman Nicholson tore the sleeve off his shirt wrapped it around a piece of broom handle and under fire ran out and stuffed the rag into the leaking fuel tank so they could take off. For his heroism he was awarded the air medal. I am very proud of my cousin who was 19 years old at the time. He was actually the assistant crew chief.
The crew chief was Frank Schneider. Everyone on the mission got one. Drop me an Email at sam sammcgowan. I am doing research for a book on the history of the former Belgian Congo and am interested in interviewing eyewitnesses of various events, especially the Katanga and South Kasai during the secession and the rebellions of the s and the transition to independence in Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. If you have I can add you to a few of them… I grow up in the Kasai and Katanga and was a very early member of the Katanga army 4 commando.
But questions are raising why he was at Ndola when the plane of Dag Hammarskjold crashed or was shot down? Thanks Viciwanja: Jerry wrote a book that tells about his doings, some of them anyway. Among other things, he was in charge of developing the air operations for Katanga c. Later, he worked with the Tshombe and then Mobutu governments. In my studies of the mercenary operations in Katanga and S.
Jerry was one of them. My evidence supports her results. All the best, Anna. Reference those names you mentioned Richard Browne died quite a few years ago, also Josh Puren. Josh weaseled his way into the Katangan Air Force by suggesting he was an experienced aviator but he was never a pilot. He also sought out Tshombe when he discovered the UN was going to toss out the original mercenaries.
Hi Anna, did you ever find Cargill or Browne? I would love to correspond with Cargill especially. Oh, and I wonder if anyone of you knows the street addresses of Dr. I believe he and his wife did not have children. At least they are not mentioned in the literature. You can easily track him on Facebook. Dear Iakobos: Thanks so much for that very valuable tip. I was assigned to the U. Strike Command in the 60s and remember us sending out the drop message for the Paras.
I thought we used it to refer to Stanleyville, but see Elizabethville on the map, also. By the way, I met a Belgian tourist in Calimesa, CA apparently who had been to nearby Palm Springs who saw my license plate of Bukavu and after a brief discussion, thanked me for my involvement in the rescue of his family. David Braford: do I understand well you live in SoCal? If so , I would love to meet you , I live in Kind of put this out of my mind until now. My daughter wanted me to write down some of my military experiences, Congo and Vietnam, for my grand children so this is how I got to this site.
I think all of this was set up by the CIA. We stayed down there for almost 90 days. I never saw any Belgium Paratroopers. I think we come in after they had left. We hauled some refugees but mostly hauled mercenaries. One mercenary named Johnny became a good friend to me. Sure would like to know if he is still kicking.
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At that time he was 17 and I was You darn well were there. I keep reading about the 82nd airborne. There were no 82nd airborne troops from fort bragg on my aircraft when we left Pope field which is next to fort bragg. The army troops we had as an escort were not 82nd airborne. Since we dropped many airborne troops from fort bragg, I would know if they were aboard. We carried no army troops on my aircraft to Leopoldville but they could have been on the other C Bottom line the ones I saw in the Congo were regular army which backs up your story.
I have no idea as to where the 82nd come in. I read with interest your story about leaving on a DC3. My husband henry williams was part of a rescue operation out of the Congo on a DC3 and I wondered if you know of him. I hope you could tell me a bit more. Sadly my husband passed away a few months ago and I am just collecting stories for our children and grandchildren kind regards Elizabeth Williams. My family of 3 plus me were part of hundreds who were rescued early morning by Paratroopers in Stanley ville and taken to Kinshasa by Big Tranporter Aircrafts DC 3s!
The all thanks the ones who risked their lives in the different rescue operations:. I was 8yrs old then. Michael Dar and Gilbert Henrivaux like this. Merci encore et bisous. Victor Rosez …. Mrs Williams, I was quite young at the time of that last DC 3 flight.
The only thing that I recalled it was late in the evening very dark. My mother and my 2 brothers and I were placed in the front of the plane with 3 others and the rest of the plane were congolese. It is the only recollection that I have and it is very little…More than likely the 4 of us were taking care of as soon we arrived in Kinshasa by the Mobil Oil personal. Regards Patrick P Boude.
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