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Army Air Corps


I was with 1st Division Engineers Air Troop attached to 26 flight in Verden Aller Germany, We were formed in 1965 and had 2 Sioux AH Mk1 XT198 and XT199. Our job was Observing for the ground troops, aerial photography of bridges and sites. 26 Flight had French Allouette Aztasou with Jet engines at that time. XR232, XR967. Our troop was involved in operation Phantom Sail from 26Jan67 to 24Feb67 in Libya. As we left, Gadaffi took over power from King Idris. Being the Air Traffic Controller I spoke on occasions to his aircraft as the King was flying between El Adem and Tripoli. It took 2 days to fly from RAF Gutersloh to Nice to Luqa, Malta to El Adem, Libya. It took 6 hours over the Med from Nice to Libya in a Beverley XB284

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