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18 - Snow Goose and the Milk Run

RAAF transport support for Unmogip, 1975–78

from Part 2 - New ambitions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 September 2019

Peter Londey
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
Rhys Crawley
Affiliation:
Australian War Memorial
David Horner
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
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Road transport in mountainous Kashmir was long and hazardous, and landslides and accidents could prevent movement between locations. The inefficiencies of this transport method, combined with the difficult terrain and the distances to be travelled, meant that an air transport element was necessary for the successful operation of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (Unmogip). The UN military observers on both sides of Kashmir’s Line of Control were reliant on this UN air element for logistic purposes. Field observers and their supplies were delivered to airstrips near their field stations; personnel and their dependants were transported throughout the theatre and to places like Delhi or Lahore for leave; headquarters officers were flown around to attend meetings with officials in New Delhi, Srinagar and Rawalpindi; and, if required, the air element would perform emergency medical evacuations of mission personnel. The Royal Canadian Air Force had provided this service, by way of a DHC-4 Caribou and crew of eight, for Unmogip since 1964 (a Twin Otter replaced the Caribou in July 1971).

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The Long Search for Peace
Observer Missions and Beyond, 1947–2006
, pp. 453 - 481
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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