European hostages, rescued from Stanleyville, arriving at Leopoldville airport in the Congo, during insurrection there in 1964. Rescued persons deplane from U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft by way of its rear cargo door and ramps. Sick and wounded are met by medical personnel who place them in ambulances. Next, text from 3rd Geneva Convention, of 1949, is displayed. Scene shifts to U.S. military advisers in Vietnam helping train Republic of Vietnam soldiers (ARVN) in proper treatment of prisoners; methods of taking prisoners with minimum of force; interrogation methods; and medical treatment of wounded prisoners.
View from behind the pilot in cockpit of a U.S.Air Force C-130 transport aircraft of the 322nd Air Division, U.S. Air Forces Europe, approaching Stanleyville, Congo, on a mercy mission to save lives of Belgian hostages held by Congolese rebels who threaten to kill them. View from tarmac on the airport, as Belgian paratroopers exit the aircraft while its engines are still running. They secure the airfield, unload supplies and ammunition, and start moving toward the center of Stanleyville. View from moving vehicle traveling along deserted street in Stanleyville. After hearing shots, the paratroopers come upon a courtyard where they find numerous Belgian dead. View of courtyard and bodies covered with cloth. Another dozen, or so, bodies are seen lying in another group. One dead seen lying in the roadway. Bullet-riddled car at side of road. Local Congolese residents (non-rebels) board trucks for transport to the airport. Hundreds of rescued Belgian people are gathered at the airport. A C-46 transport aircraft is parked in the background. A Belgian trooper walks past. Next, a view, again, from behind the pilot in a USAF C-130 aircraft, this time, approaching Leopoldville. Ground crewman guides the aircraft to a parking place on the Leopoldville airport ramp. Rescued people walk across the ramp. U.S. Air Force airmen carry body of a victim,on a stretcher, down the rear ramp of a C-130. Bodies of those killed, are laid out across the entrance of a hangar at the airport. Two U.S. Marines place American flags on the bodies of medical missionary, Dr. Paul Earle Carlson, and missionary, Phyllis Rine. More views of rescued persons walking with some belongings, across the tarmac and gathered around the open rear door of a C-130. Tail number of the C-130 is 40499. A USAF C-119 aircraft; a C-97 (of the Military Airlift Command); and a C-54 aircraft are parked in the background.
A U.S. Air Force C-13OE, carrying freed hostages (some dead and injured) from Stanleyville, taxis to parking position near hangar in Leopoldville, Republic of Congo. Ambassador George M. Godley boards the plane as crewmen including Captain Charles Gonzales stand next to the plane. A United States Marine Corps Corporal and an American Army Private First Class stand in the hangar, holding a folded American flag with a priest in background. A covered body being carried off the aircraft and placed near other such bodies, lying on the hangar floor. Refugees get off the plane. A number of other refugees, arrive at the airfield preparing to leave the Congo. Some carry passports.
Priest conducts services for dead in Leopoldville, Republic of Congo. United States Marines place American flags over bodies of two Americans who were among group of Belgians and Americans held hostage, and slain by Simba rebels in Stanleyville. Honorable George M. Godley, U.S. Ambassador to Congo is present.
A U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft arrives at Leopoldville airport, Republic of Congo, carrying freed hostages rescued from Stanleyville. Some are seriously sick and injured. A military honor guard is present and Premier Moise Tshombe and some of his aides meet the aircraft. The rescued hostages get off the plane. A number of them are carried off on stretchers and carried away in station wagon ambulances.
Belgian soldiers load equipment and baggage onto a C -130 E plane and board it in Leopoldville, Republic of Congo. TAC C-130 E planes parked along the runway and tents erected at Ascension Island airstrip