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Biafran airlift and their pilots.

Old 3rd Nov 2019, 04:21
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Biafran airlift and their pilots.

I recently watched an archived documentary on the Norwegian state TV network dealing with Biafra and the airlift. Amongst other things there are interviews with flight crews that were based at Sao Tomé at that time (late 68- early 69). I've been trying to find out if anyone knows who these guys are.

The first is a Swede, the second a Norwegian Fred. Olsen pilot, the third an American flying DC-6s for Transavia Holland, and the last is a Dane. Then a group photo of the gang.













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Old 3rd Nov 2019, 15:32
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Not sure if it would yield any result but you might try to contact Frederick Forsyth, a famous British author who in previous incarnations worked as a freeelance reporter in Ngeria during the Biafran conflict. He was also purportedly an MI6 operative there.

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Old 3rd Nov 2019, 15:54
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Does anyone know the full name of an American we new.only as "Van". He flew into Biafra. Met him when he arrived in Liberia early 1970s as DC3 skipper with Liberian National Airways (LNA) who had two pristine DC 3s until the expat captains left and what was left were promoted to left seat. Shortly after one of the DC3s was written off at ROB when a takeoff with the rudder lock in place was attempted. As we say WAWA, West Africa wins again!
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Old 3rd Nov 2019, 22:11
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The authoritative book on the Biafra airlift is called 'Shadows' written by Michael Draper which actually has a foreword by the aforementioned Mr Forsyth. It'll cost you a pretty penny though. Just checked on the Brazilian river website and it's the thick end of £170 a copy.
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Old 8th Nov 2019, 18:20
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Anyone know the details surrounding the accident that took the life of August (Auggie) Martin. An American who I think was killed in a landing accident while flying a Connie during the airlift?
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Old 9th Nov 2019, 12:39
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I worked for Larry Raab some years ago. What I can tell you is that Larry told me that the loss of Auggie and his crew hit him harder than anyone else.
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