U.S. Air Force Aircraft transport 600 Belgian Para-Commando troopers, on rescue mission to Stanleville, Congo
Stanleyville Congo Date:1964, November 24 Duration:2 min 19 sec Sound:Yes
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.
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