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  • yemen Operation Nutcracker

    Aden / Radfan

    01-jan-64    to    31-jan-64

    Operation to clear infiltration and prevent weapon supplies crossing from Yemen into the then Radfan border area of Aden. Started 4 Jan for a little over a fortnight, after which the British air and ground units and the Federal Regular Army (FRA) troops they were supporting, withdrew.
    In addition to the rotary wing action, 653 Sqn AAC fielded DHC Beavers from 15 Flt and Auster AOP 9 from 13 Flt. (Thanks @opsnormal1957).


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        jan64 UK SAR Flight, Khormaksar Royal Air Force Whirlwind
    Type 171 Sycamore
        04jan64 to 15jan64 UK 26 Squadron Royal Air Force Type 192 Belvedere
        04jan64 to 14jan64 UK 815 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Wessex

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Westland Wessex HAS.1 XM843    
    Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 XL844     XN261    


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    Aircraft Carrier  Centaur class   Royal Navy R06 HMS Centaur,

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