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Post Info TOPIC: Operation 'Musketeer' [The Suez Crisis]


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Operation 'Musketeer' [The Suez Crisis]


Much has been written regarding this operation, my interest is the Hastings used in this 'op' were any of you involved?

Peter King informed me that during the Suez Crisis, many Hastings aircraft were moved forward from the UK Bases to Cyprus to deploy paratroops and equipment to the Suez Canal area under Operation Musketeer this was a huge deployment of aircraft, personnel and equipment. Transport aircraft used RAF Tymbou where 14 Hastings from 70, 99, & 511 Squadrons were used. These aircraft had the traditional black and white invasion marking painted on the wings and around the fuselage area.



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The Hastings section here by Tom Cooper gives an idea of the involvement by Hastings aircraft http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/printer_106.shtml

Was this the only occasion that the type wore 'invasion stripes'



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As far as I am aware TG621 was the only Hastings to actually receive any battle damage, this was via small arms fire during the Suez Crisis on 5th November 1956, were you involved in this flight?



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14 Hastings were airborne at the same time in Operation Musketeer and the rendezvous occurred over the southern part of Cyprus, imagine the sound of 56 Bristol Hercules passing overhead!smile



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